Scientific Environment

An Outstanding Location in The South of France

Montpellier SupAgro benefits from an exceptional scientific environment. It maintains numerous relationships with worldwide renowned local academic and research organizations.

Montpellier has attracted numerous research centers and agricultural higher education  establishments from other locations around France and has now become one of the most powerful concentrations in the world of agricultural research. This pole of expertise displays an engagement to sustainable development in Mediterranean and tropical climates.

Some examples:


Agreenium was created by decree on 10th May 2009 by the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, the Ministry of Higher Education and Research, and the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, with the status of public scientific cooperation institution (EPCS).

Agreenium implements actions and programmes linking research, training and development, representing the best that France can offer at the international level.

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Agropolis International

The Association Agropolis International was founded in Montpellier in 1986 by the research and higher education institutes working in the field of agriculture, food, biodiversity and environment, with the support of government and local authorities.
This platform is open to the development of the Mediterranean and tropical regions; it also gathers a large range of stakeholders and partners involved in economic development.


CGIAR (Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research) is a global partnership that unites organizations engaged in research for a food secure future.

CGIAR research is dedicated to reducing rural poverty, increasing food security, improving human health and nutrition, and ensuring more sustainable management of natural resources. It is carried out by 15 Centers, that are members of the CGIAR Consortium, in close collaboration with hundreds of partner organizations, including national and regional research institutes, civil society organizations, academia, and the private sector.


CIRAD is a French agricultural research organization working for development in the South and the French overseas regions. Its research work is generally conducted in partnership. From its regional offices, CIRAD conducts joint operations with more than 90 countries.
It is working with developing countries to:
  • tackle international agricultural and development issues
  • to generate and pass on new knowledge, support agricultural development and fuel the debate on the main global issues concerning agriculture

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The biggest agricultural institute in Europe and number two in the world, INRA carries out missions  in research aiming for healthy and quality diets, oriented toward competitive and  sustainable agriculture, preserved and valued environments.

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The IRD (Institut de recherche pour le développement) is a French research organism which is original and unique on the European development research scene.
Emphasizing interdisciplinarity, the IRD has focused its research for over 65 years on the relationship between man and its environment, in Africa, The Mediterranean, Latin America, Asia and the French tropical overseas territories.
Its research, training and innovation activities contribute toward the social, economic and cultural development of southern countries.


Irstea, French Research Institute of Science and Technology for Environment and Agriculture is a public scientific and technical institute jointly supervised by the Ministry of Research and the Ministry of Agriculture and works in agreement with the Ministry of Ecology.

Irstea, the new name for Cemagref has built a multidisciplinary and systemic approach to three domains – water, environmental technologies and land – which today form the basis of its strength and originality.

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UNESCO Chair "World Food Systems"

The UNESCO Chair "World Food Systems" (WFS) improves and shares academic and empirical knowledge on world food systems, diversity, dynamics and human and environmental impact. It does this from the standpoint of sustainable development using a multidisciplinary approach (biotechnical science and social sciences).

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Last update : 04/12/2015