Our goal is to attract high-level scientists and make it easier to recruit young scientists with high potential.

The Montpellier University of Excellence I-SITE has set up a scientific attractiveness program to reinforce the excellence of the Montpellier site’s appeal and international scientific positioning.  The program helps welcome international researchers with regional, national, and international support (ATIP-AVENIR, MOPGA, UNESCO), and integrate scientists as part of the Montpellier Advanced Knowledge Institute on Transitions, MAK’IT.

This program benefits from support provided by the Occitanie Region and French government for MoPGA laureates. Program details are provided at the bottom of the page.

Chaires MUSE

A researcher in psychiatry and neuropsychology at Harvard University until 2020, Johanna Calderon joined University of Montpellier in January 2021 as head of a  MUSE scientific attractiveness chair in neurodevelopment of congenital cardiac disease in the PhyMedExp research laboratory (UM, Inserm, CNRS, Montpellier CHU).

Inria Researcher Julie Josse, coming from Ecole Polytechnique and specialized in causal inference, will soon be joining the Desbrest Institute of Epidemiology and Public Health (IDESP), one of UM’s new research organizations established under the 2021-2026 contract.

Alpha Kabinet Keita was recruited by TRANSVIHMI and CERFIG in 2018 and has been at UM since 2020. He holds a degree in medicine from the University of Conakry (Guinea) and a PhD in infectiology (AMU). He is head of an Ebola research program and one of 54 ambassadors in the Next Einstein Forum, a platform that unites science, society, and policy in Africa and around the world to promote human development.

A specialist in wine microorganisms, biologist Fabienne Remize was at University of Reunion Island until December 2020. She joined University of Montpellier in January 2021 as head of the large joint research lab Enology Sciences (SPO: University of Montpellier, Inrae, Institut Agro – Montpellier SupAgro), as part of the MUSE I-SITE scientific attractiveness program.

Randall J. Wisser, an internationally renowned quantitative geneticist, relocated from University of Delaware (USA) in January 2021 to take on the role of Inrae research director at the Ecophysiology Laboratory of Plants under Environmental Stresses in Montpellier, focusing on new partnerships and working at the interface of quantitative genetics and plant ecophysiology.  His arrival was made possible by
EXPLORE , the MUSE international mobility program.

Attractivité de chercheurs ATIP-AVENIR

After completing her post-doc at University of Cambridge (GB) and two years as research manager at Institut Curie in Paris, Maud Borensztein joined IGMM (UM, CNRS) in December 2020. With support from FRM and ATIP-AVENIR funds, she is building her team and funding research work to better understand the epigenetic mechanism for X-chromosome reactivation in female germ cells (ovocytes).

ATIP-AVENIR laureate Jakub Gruszczyk joined UMR CBS (UM, CNRS, Inserm) in December 2020 as holder of a junior chair on questions related to environmental health. His research project focuses on the structural and functional characterization of the signaling pathway involved in detoxifying chemical pollutants in people. More information coming soon.

Currently a researcher in the Marie Skłodowska-Curie program (Inserm), Karim Majzoub is an ATIP-AVENIR 2020 laureate. He will join IGMM (UM, CNRS) in July 2021 to establish and lead a team whose work will focus on original research targeting the interactions between viral genomes (DNA for HBV, RNA for HDV) and cell proteins necessary for replication and persistence of those viruses in hepatocytes.

Attractivité de chercheurs MOPGA en partenariat avec l’État et la Région Occitanie

Relocating from University of Wisconsin (USA) in the summer of 2019, Carol Lee is working on her Rapid Evolutionary Responses to Global Transformations in Salinity and Temperature program at UMR MARBEC (CNRS, Ifremer, IRD, UM) in collaboration with CEFE (CNRS, EPHE, INRA, IRD, SupAgro, UM, UM3) as part of the MOPGA program.

After completing a post-doc at University of California (USA), Delphine Renard has been working since January 2018 at the Center for Functional and Evolutionary Ecology (CEFE, CNRS/UM) to develop new insight on the contributions of agrobiodiversity in reducing the impact of agricultural production on instability and climate shocks with the ASSET AgrobiodiverSity for a food-Secure PlanET as part of the Make our Planet Great Again program. She is now a tenured researcher at CNRS.
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Back from IRCISAT in India, Vincent Vadez is leading the ICARUS research project at the joint laboratory UMR DIADE (IRD/UM) to find answers to the two-fold problem of drought and climate change on plants, particularly cereal crops, to understand how they can be managed to better regulate water loss. This project is part of the Make our Planet Great Again program

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Chaire UNESCO en partenariat avec la Région Occitanie

French philosopher and anthropological sociologist, Edgar Morin, the leading contemporary mind on complexity and complex thought, has published at least 40 books during his career, translated throughout the world. Emeritus Research Director at CNRS, and Doctor Honoris Causa at several international universities, Edgar Morin – with his UNESCO Chair on Complexity – has been at University of Montpellier since December 2018 to contribute to thinking on the societal issues supported by MUSE I-SITE.


Programme d’Attractivité de l’Institut de Connaissances Avancées

The Montpellier Advanced Knowledge Institute on Transitions (MAK’IT)*, MUSE’s Institutes for Advanced Studies (IEA), welcomes many high-level researchers in its programs (cohorts, scientific guests, and more). Find out more

*By leveraging innovative interdisciplinary approaches, MAK’IT seeks to stimulate contributions from scientific communities to accelerate the transitions needed to meet Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in agriculture, food, environment, and health fields.