Montpellier has long been a bastion of academic excellence – its first university was founded in the 13th century.
As a result of the government’s continued efforts to group together French expertise in this field since the 1970s, Montpellier and its region have become today’s home to one of the world’s largest concentration of scientific skills and expertise (more than 2,300 scientists) in agriculture, food, biodiversity and environment with specific focus on tropical and Mediterranean regions.
A world-class scientific network within the Montpellier scientific community
Agropolis Fondation works with 36 research units specializing in plant research at various levels- from its genes to its environments to its final uses. Altogether, the 37 research unit, which is a subset of the Montpellier scientific community, makes up the Foundation’s scientific network.
The network involves about 1300 scientists and 600 PhD students and covers a wide range of disciplines, i.e., from bio-technical to social sciences and with recognized expertise in temperate, tropical and Mediterranean regions.
These research units are collectively working on five scientific domains:
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Cutting-edge research facilities
The Foundation’s scientific network has access to first-rate research facilities, including laboratories, experimental fields, technical platforms and an outstanding germplasm repository of temperate, Mediterranean and tropical crop species.
Unique scientific focus
We support scientific projects that promote an integrated and pluri-disciplinary approach in addressing all aspects of the Plant:
We accord priority to projects that address issues confronting temperate, tropical and Mediterranean issues as well as those that address challenges related to sustainable development:
Agropolis Fondation funds scientific and capacity building programmes that are innovative, federative, structuring and integrative that is based on the following interdisciplinary axes:
The research units of the Foundation’s scientific network are located on mainly three campuses in Montpellier and one in Avignon.
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Quality of life
Montpellier offers not only excellent science but excellent quality of life as well. Its historic charm, active cultural life and natural beauty have been attracting more and more people recently. The Agropolis Foundation and its scientific network are located in and around Montpellier, on France’s Mediterranean coast.