Labex Agro aims to build a nationally and internationally unparalleled critical mass of scientific expertise to make Montpellier a hub for research on the Plant of Agricultural Interest. The two-fold objective targets the production of high-level knowledge and the exploitation of this knowledge for innovation, while facing the challenges related to plant adaptation to climate change, the demand for the use of plants for food and non-food purposes, risk management (bio-invasions, bio-aggressors, resource depletion and biodiversity erosion…) and sustainable development.

It brings together some thirty research units and more than 1,000 scientists. Altogether it represents an ensemble of multidisciplinary skills (biological sciences, engineering sciences, humanities and social sciences) ranging from the study of genes to the final use of plants, and benefiting from recognized expertise on a large number of temperate, Mediterranean and tropical plant species.

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The Mediterranean Center for Environment and Biodiversity Laboratory of Excellence (CeMEB LabEx) is a federation of ten research units in the Montpellier area. Research focuses on the dynamics and functioning of biodiversity and ecosystems in a context of marked environmental change, especially human-activity induced change. One of CeMEB’s important objectives is to use scenarii to anticipate both the biological consequences of global change, and anticipate the evolution of ecosystem services and human societies. The research agenda addresses all types of ecosystems (from the equator to the poles, to terrestrial and marine environments) and living organisms (ranging from micro-organisms to large mammals)with a specific focus on ‘wild’ biodiversity, in the form of numerous long-term research field programs. Approaches combine observation and modelling, especially experimentation. They draw upon high-level tools, such as the Montpellier European Ecotron, the experimental facility at Puéchabon, shared genomics, ecology, chemistry, bio- and eco-computing platforms, and experimental greenhouses and plots.

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The CheMISyst project of the Pôle Balard, focused on the Chemistry of molecular and interfacial systems, benefits from a powerful dynamic initiated several years ago.

The objective of the project is to strengthen the synergy of the teams of the different Institutes around a common long-term scientific ambition and to create a body of expertise and skills identifiable on an international scale, both in terms of academia and industrial innovation.

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Entreprendre is a collaborative project which gathers 200 researchers, within 6 research teams in Law, Economy and Management, and focusing on entrepreneurship and innovation, linked with sustainable development stakes. LabEx Entreprendre is the only French LabEx dedicated to entrepreneurship; it is strongly integrated into a network of academic and institutional partners, which ensure the excellence of its works in the fields of research, education and knowledge promotion. Regarding education, the LabEx actively carries out an assertive research training policy, by funding PhD and other research contracts to:

  • Build and strengthen a nation-wide entrepreneurship culture
  • Improve the survival and growth rates of new businesses
  • Build support tools addressing legal, economic and management issues
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EpiGenMed seeks to foster the best BioHealth basic and clinical research and encourage interdisciplinary projects. EpiGenMed involves 58 of the best research groups in Montpellier, involved in five research areas encompassing Genome and Epigenome Dynamics, Cell cycle, Cell fate and Development, Infectious diseases and Immunology, Cell signaling and Neurobiology, Biophysics and Systems biology. Hosted by the University of Montpellier and national science institutions, it benefits from an exceptional industrial environment.

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NUMEV seeks to harmonize hard and computational science approaches with life and environmental sciences, while paving the way for emerging interdisciplinary groups that benefit from an international profile. Developing Research‐Education‐Transferdynamics and leading creativity and innovation will contribute to today’s major scientific, technical, and economic challenges. In this context, scientific communities are deeply involved in developing their research on complex and multiscale natural or man-made systems. A number of specific research actions should be undertaken to: (i) monitor, quantify and model system properties; (ii) represent, plan and build system knowledge; (iii) control and predict normal and anomalous behaviors; (iv) provide solutions to recognize, face and address emerging problems; (v) imagine, project and build new concepts and systems.

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