Official presentation of the 2021-2022 MAK’IT FELLOWS

The ceremony of presentation of the eight 2021-2022 international researchers hosted for 3 to 10 months by the Montpellier Advanced Knowledge Institute on Transitions (MAK’IT) within the framework of its ‘VISITING SCIENTISTS’ and ‘FIAS’ programmes, took place on 17 February 2022. In the presence of Philippe Augé, President of the University of Montpellier (UM), Patrick Caron, Director of MAK’IT, Clare Hart, Vice President for International Outreach and European Cooperation of Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole and Olivier Bouin, Director of

2 March 2022|

SAVE THE DATE: MAK’IT in the Africa2020 Season (23-24 March 2021)

Initiated by Emmanuel Macron, President of the French Republic, and led by N'Goné Fall, its Commissioner General, the Africa2020 Season, postponed to 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, is a pan-African and multidisciplinary project, focusing on innovation in the arts, sciences, technologies, entrepreneurship and the economy. Conceived as an invitation to look at and understand the world from an African perspective, it aims to be a sounding board for the agents of change that impact contemporary societies around

15 March 2021|

2nd MUSE International Advisory Board (MIAB) meeting

Context During the first MIAB meeting, MIAB members recommended to favor larger global projects and infrastructures for maximum impact. In a preparatory session for the 2nd MIAB meeting in October 2020, MUSE presented a proposal to extend some MUSE Key Initiatives to global level as a means to build upon to design and launch such “global thematic initiatives/alliances. The potential to create “global thematic initiatives/alliances” was demonstrated by the already dense existing bilateral collaboration between MUSE and MIAB

9 December 2020|

Results of the first “Constructive Advanced Thinking” (CAT) call for applications

Two research projects have been selected by the Montpellier Advanced Knowledge Institute on Transitions (MAK’IT) within the framework of the first “Constructive Advanced Thinking” (CAT) call for applications:"Moving beyond traditional methods of identifying and overcoming negative attitudes towards vaccinations". This project is being carried out by five young researchers in quantitative data analysis, medical psychology and communication and paediatrics from the Universities of Cyprus, Cadiz, Bordeaux and University College of London, as well as a representative from the Regional

30 March 2020|

Coimbra Life Sciences Group (CLSG) Master’s Programs “Master in Cancer Biology”

Coimbra Life Sciences Group (CLSG) Master's Programs "Master in Cancer Biology"Eleven Universities of the Coimbra Group participate in the "Master's Program in Cancer Biology" An i nitiative of the Coimbra Life Sciences GroupWhat it isA proposed action aim ed at increasing the excellence and competitiveness of our postgraduate/master students in the context of the Life Sciences. Thus, CLSG offers to master student s in the cancer biology field (or related) , the opportunity to develop their practical training/research project

18 March 2020|

Call for applications “VISITING SCIENTISTS”

MAK'IT launched today its call for applications "VISITING SCIENTISTS".This hosting programme is dedicated to senior researchers from abroad, whose research project is related, in a transversal and innovative way, to the three action areas of MAK’IT – agriculture & food, environment, health – and contributes to its mission to analyse, accompany and accelerate transitions towards sustainable development. The selected fellows are invited for a 3 to 12 month residency in a research structure of the Montpellier University of Excellence

9 December 2019|

I-SITE MUSE assessment: the international jury validates the continuation of the project

On November 28, the I-SITE Montpellier Université d’Excellence (MUSE) reported on its first two years of existence and succeeded to prove its worth and convince the international jury of the IDEX-ISITE program. Hence, the Université de Montpellier and its partners were comforted in their collective dynamics, and now aim for the certification’s final perennation in 2021, along with the construction of a university that will be internationally acknowledged for its ability to address tomorrow’s major challenges. Gathered under

4 December 2019|

Call for applications “COHORT”

MAK’IT launched today its first “COHORT” call for applications on the issue of “fake news” and its relation to science.This call aims to set up in Montpellier, over a period of 6 months (October 2020 - March 2021), a group of internationally renowned researchers from various geographical backgrounds and disciplinary fields, who will work together, through innovative and creative approaches, on the proposed research theme, focusing on its impact on agri-food, environmental and health transitions towards sustainable development.The “COHORT”

27 November 2019|

Activity report 2017-2019 :  MUSE, already 2 years and major changes

"Launched in 2010 as part of France’s Investments for the Future Program, the IDEX/I-SITE framework is intended to establish a limited number of Research Universities in France at sites benefiting from outstanding scientific potential, capable of creating synergy between universities, schools, research organizations and, where appropriate, healthcare facilities and companies. Led by the University of Montpellier, nineteen institutions in Montpellier defined a joint project that fully integrates scientific institutions and communities, while offering a unique identity. The project

15 July 2019|

Call for applications : “Constructive Advanced Thinking” (CAT)

Together with other European Institutes for Advanced Study (IAS), MAK'IT is launching the call for applications 'Constructive Advanced Thinking' (CAT). Open until September 5th, 2019, it is directed to small international groups of young researchers involved in innovative research projects aiming at understanding and addressing emergent societal challenges. The groups will be hosted in 2 or 3 participating IAS per year and will benefit from their research environment and networks. Learn more

19 June 2019|

UCDAVIS and Montpellier University of Excellence collaborate to support transnational startup companies in California and in Occitanie

As part of his visit to Montpellier, Gary S. May, Chancellor of the University of California Davis (California, USA) signed a specific agreement with Philippe Augé, President of University of Montpellier on soft-landing for transnational start-ups in California (USA) and in Occitanie (France). This specific agreement is the first application of the framework agreement signed between the two universities last September. It seeks greater collaboration in supporting soft-landing of startup companies on campus. As such, it perfectly illustrates

21 May 2019|

A UniversiTREE planted in the Montpellier Botanical Garden, a symbol of ties with Wageningen U&R

During the MAK’IT launch event, the day after the MUSE International Advisory Board, Louise Fresco (President, Wageningen University and Research) and Philippe Augé (President, University of Montpellier) planted a Tatarian maple tree in the heart of the Montpellier Botanical Garden, in the presence of Frédérique Vidal (Minister of Higher Education, Research, and Innovation, France) and Abdoulaye Yéro Baldé (Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Republic of Guinea). The tree is a strong symbol of the ties between

8 March 2019|

MAK’IT: MUSE Advanced Knowledge Institute officially launched !

On Thursday, March 7, 2019, Philippe Augé (President, University of Montpellier), Frédérique Vidal (Minister of Higher Education, Research, and Innovation, France), and Abdoulaye Yéro Baldé (Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Republic of Guinea), officially launched the University of Montpellier’s “Montpellier Advanced Knowledge Institute on Transitions” (MAK’IT), created as part of the MUSE I-SITE. A space for developing new collective intelligence on action towards sustainable development, by mobilizing scientific communities, MAK’IT seeks to analyze, assist, and accelerate

8 March 2019|

Montpellier University of Excellence 2019 Innovation Prize

As researchers, research-professors, and  staff, you are at the heart of innovative actions, bringing about ideas that open new opportunities for business, technology, and society... for new uses! To honor your commitment, MUSE is launching its first Montpellier University of Excellence Innovation Prize with support from two of our founding members: Banque Populaire du Sud and InVivo. Following a selective process of submitted files, 5 laureates from MUSE research clusters will receive a personal prize of 3,000 €. 

1 February 2019|

UM Doctoral College celebrates its new PhD graduates at the Montpellier opera house (Opéra Comédie)

On January 29, 2019, University of Montpellier and its partners in the University of Montpellier Doctoral College awarded PhD degrees to its 200 most recent graduating doctoral students. This unprecedented ceremony was held in the prestigious Opéra Comédie in downtown Montpellier. The facility was made available for the occasion by Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole. One after the other, in front of their thesis directors and family members, nearly 200 young PhDs dressed with their traditional togas received the highest

26 January 2019|

Inauguration of a space entirely dedicated to innovation and creativity

On January 25, 2019, Philippe Augé (President, University of Montpellier), Jean-Patrick Respaut (Vice-President in charge of Curricula and University Life), and David Cassagne (Vice-President in charge of Digital Technologies in Education), inaugurated IDEON, the new MUSE pedagogical innovation space, in the presence of a panel of key decision-makers for education from the university schools and MUSE consortium schools. Open to all the consortium’s pedagogical teams, IDEON is located at the Botanical Institute in Montpellier, providing a space

25 January 2019|

Signature of a collaborative framework agreement between Montpellier University of Excellence and University of Pretoria, South Africa

A strategic partner of Montpellier University of Excellence, University of Pretoria (South Africa) signs a framework agreement with University of Montpellier. On Wednesday 12 December 2018, the University of Montpellier and the University of Pretoria, South Africa, signed a collaborative framework agreement between the two universities to strengthen and develop their existing partnership within the framework of the I-SITE MUSE (Montpellier University of Excellence).  Ranked first African university by UniRank, with nearly 40,000 students, the University of Pretoria

12 December 2018|

PRIME@MUSE action extended and prolonged: nearly 1.8 M€ starting in 2019

The 2017 PRIME@MUSE action, led by University of Montpellier in cooperation with ENSCM, CNRS, INRA, and Montpellier SupAgro was launched for a duration of two years and received funding from the Occitanie Region and MUSE for a total of 690 K€ (582 K€ by Occitanie Region). It was decided to extend and prolong the action starting in 2019. Occitanie Region recently allocated 1,765,175 euros to develop partnerships with local companies following its PRIME 2018 call-for-projects. 10 institutions (UM,

11 December 2018|

MAK’IT: News from the pilot group

MAK’IT has invited 5 senior international researchers from August for a 4-month pilot exercise before the official launch of the institute in March 2019 on the theme: "At what level should circularity of food systems be organized, local or global?". Among the 5 international researchers in the pilot group, three of them have recently been distinguished internationally. John Porter, Hal Koch Prize On 11 May 2018, 301 Danish researchers published a collective debate on the climate,

11 December 2018|

Edgar Morin joins University of Montpellier and MUSE I-SITE

The major issues chosen by the MUSE I-SITE’s 19 partners as key priorities (Feed - Care - Protect) have always been considered by the Montpellier scientific community as intertwined challenges that concern the entire planet, in particular countries in the southern hemisphere. Among the initiatives MUSE has launched since 2017, notably thanks to combined support from Occitanie Region and the I-SITE, University of Montpellier is honored to welcome Edgar Morin, considered as “the father of complex thought”, for

4 December 2018|


From genome and epigenome to molecular medicine The Labex EpiGenMed has the pleasure to inform you of its eighth PhD campaign. The Laboratory of Excellence EpiGenMed is currently accepting applications for three-year PhD positions in the laboratories of Montpellier that are part of the Labex and in the following fields: Genome and Epigenome Cell Cycle, Cell Fate and Development Infection and Immunity Integrating Systems in Neuroscience Biophysics and Systems Biology Interested candidates should submit their application directly to the EpiGenMed website

29 November 2018|

FULBRIGHT: Preparing fruitful new collaborations with American universities

On October 8-9, 2018, MUSE welcomed a delegation of representatives of American higher education institutions, selected by the prestigious French-American Fulbright Commission. The goal was for MUSE to present the transformational effects of the MUSE I-SITE as part of France’s Investments for the Future program and to explore potential future collaboration. Active in over 155 countries, Fulbright is the largest international education exchange program funded by the American government through excellence grants. Founded in 1948, the French-American Fulbright

12 October 2018|

University of Montpellier #1 worldwide in Shanghai ranking for its ecology research

The prestigious Shanghai ranking listed University of Montpellier ahead of Oxford for its ecology research. The 2018 edition of the Shanghai ranking per discipline was published online July 17. The international reference for universities, this distinction recognizes the leading establishments around the world in 54 sectors based on research as a criterion. Find out more about University of Montpellier in rankings...

18 July 2018|

MUSE international partnerships reinforced in the United States

MUSE continues to consolidate its privileged strategic relationships in working meetings at three North American universities: UC Davis (CA), UC Irvine (CA), and Cornell (NY). The MUSE executive team took a delegation to the United States to meet with our privileged partners from April 4 - 9, 2018. Reinforcing the partnership with University of California Davis (UC Davis) UC Davis is one of MUSE’s four strategic partner universities along with U. Barcelona, U. Heidelberg, and Wageningen UR. The

9 April 2018|

Preserving water, preserving life Focus on a project, focused on the South, which illustrates the importance of links between training, research and industrial partnership. Following the World Water Day (March 22, 2018), the I-SITE Montpellier University of Excellence (MUSE) presents a report on groundwater resources on the northern flank of the Bromo volcano in partnership with the Gadjah Mada University (Java, Indonesia) and in strong synergy with the industrial partner Danone Aqua. In total coherence with the ambition of MUSE, turned

28 March 2018|
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