The Montpellier Advanced Knowledge Institute on Transitions (MAK’IT) is a newcomer among the Institutes of Advanced Studies (IAS) and one of the flagship projects of the ‘Montpellier University of Excellence’ Initiative. Launched in the first quarter 2019, MAK’IT contributes, by catalyzing the development of a new collective intelligence for action towards sustainable development via the mobilization of scientific communities, to the international visibility of the University of Montpellier and its strategic partners.
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted under the aegis of the United Nations, will only be achieved by 2030 through a profound transformation of our societies towards more innovative, integrative and adaptive models. This transformation lies itself on a series of major transitions that need to be orchestrated in the interlinked areas of health, environment and climate change, food and agriculture. From local to global, they represent many new challenges to accompany for research and teaching. MAK’IT’s goal is to renew the places and forms of scientific knowledge mobilisation and invent new fora to apprehend the multiple controversies provoked by these changes.
Analyse, accompany and accelerate agri-food, environmental and health transitions necessary to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
- Planning: contributing to research and teaching planning on these transitions and supporting the development of a corresponding school of thought at local, national and international levels;
- Projecting: identifying and stimulating the realisation of related foresight exercises;
- Influencing: feeding societal debates related to these transitions within national and international bodies, answering both public and private requests by acting as a science-society and science-policy interface.
MAK’IT offers academics, scientists, policy-makers, socio-economic actors and artists coming from diverse geographical and disciplinary backgrounds, the possibility to explore a research theme for 5 to 10 months in Montpellier. At the heart of the Institute’s project, this activity is co-organised with local institutions and laboratories in order to stimulate exchanges, collaborations and intellectual production around the treatment of societal controversies previously selected for their impact on transitions towards sustainable development.
- Dr. Philippe Mayaud, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
- Dr. John Porter, University of Copenhague
- Dr. Habiba Bouhamed Chaabouni, University of Tunis-El Manar
- Dr. Martin Van Ittersum, Wageningen University and research
- Dr. Neli Aparecida de Mello-Théry, University of São Paulo
- Dr. Martin Van Ittersum, University of São Paulo
With a view to strengthening the engagement of scientific communities in public debate, MAK’IT is willing to play a leading role in the organization of high-level conferences, workshops and public encounters bringing together researchers and other stakeholders staying in Montpellier or punctually invited, Montpellier’s academic and research institutions as well as external and international partners.
As a true laboratory for change, MAK’IT is dedicated to make the conclusions of its work useful to future generations and to stimulate their engagement towards sustainable development. In addition to a large circulation of its publications, the Institute aims to encourage the development of innovative educational contents and teaching curricula, to put in place ‘immersion’ programmes for students in its premises as well as Summer Schools opened to PhDs and post-doctoral students.
MAK’IT builds privileged partnerships with other organisations, fora, think tanks of the same kind or interested in similar thematic areas, with a particular emphasis on scientific capacity building in countries from the ‘Global South’.