Recherche

8 departments of 114 ESA lecturers (of whom 43 lecturer-researchers).

Agronomy and ecology

Fields of expertise: The Agronomy and Ecology Department of ESA has 15 lecturers and lecturer-researchers, who participate in the school’s various study programmes: Bac pro, BTS, Professional Degree and Engineering.

A large part of the training is devoted to field experiments and links with professionals. It aims to provide answers to the main challenges of tomorrow: reconciling agricultural production, land management, environmental protection and ecological services.

The issues covered in classes by the members of the department are:

  • Genetics (plant improvement), Biology, Plant Physiology and Ecophysiology
  • Agronomy: functioning of the three interactive compartments of the cultivated field, soil – climate – plant, under the influence of cultivation practices
  • Ecology and Agro-ecology (design and management of sustainable agro-ecosystems based on the use of ecological principles and concepts)
  • Evaluation of the sustainability of cropping systems (yield, economic productivity, working time, energy consumption, soil fertility, biodiversity, etc.) and the design of innovative systems
  • Global analysis of farm operations
  • Landscape ecology and the relationship between agriculture and biodiversity, from plot of land to the territory
  • Panorama of the living world
  • Agri-environmental regulations
  • Functioning and use of geographic information systems

The technicians and engineers thus trained are able to contribute:
– to the challenges involved in the necessary reduction in inputs (fertilisers, pesticides, etc.) and the impact of climate change on crop productivity by implementing innovative, efficient and sustainable production methods at the sector level
– to the promotion of a multifunctional development of territories
– to the protection and enhancement of resources and environments (water, air and soil).

Links with our research units:
USC ESA/INRA – Legume, Plant Ecophysiology and Agro-ecology Research Unit
BAGAP mixed research unit : Landscape & Ecology

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Culture, languages and communication

Fields of expertise: The Cultures, Languages and Communication Department brings together lecturers, lecturer-researchers and trainers with qualifications in literature, linguistics, philosophy, history, educational sciences, social sciences, information and communication sciences, business communication, documentation, foreign languages and FLE (French as a foreign language), multimedia, audiovisual, etc.
The team made up of forty people presents a great complementarity and focuses in particular on three areas: teaching, supervising projects and setting up training sessions.

Among its areas of expertise:

  • Language learning (general and specialised language – face-to-face and distance learning): English, Spanish, German, Brazilian Portuguese, Russian, Chinese, FLE
  • Mounting of induction sessions for international audiences
  • Creation of multimedia educational content and tools for self-study
  • Techniques of expression – Training in public speaking – Creative expression (writing, theatre)
  • Written and electronic communication (formal and editorial quality)
  • Professional facilitation techniques (conducting meetings, team management, conflict management, negotiation, etc.)
  • Theory of market and non-market communication (institutional and corporate)
  • Intercultural communication and management
  • Mastery of information and documentation
  • Analysis and problem-solving methodology
  • Radio creation
  • Internet marketing
  • Philosophy, History of art, Landscape history, History of science
  • Socio-cultural facilitation
  • Setting up of workshops in openness to other cultures

 Areas of interventions

  • Interventions at all levels of training (from Bac pro (vocational secondary school diploma) to Engineer), in the different formats: initial, continuous and distance
  • Interventions for the staff of the establishment in conducting training sequences
  • Involvement in the cultural life of ESA
  • The Department is a member of UPLEGESS (Union des Professeurs de Languages des Grandes Ecoles – Union of language teachers of the Grandes Ecoles) and regularly presents communications in the framework of its educational conferences)

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 Sociology, ecology and management

Fields of expertise: The department offers a mix of disciplines that enables students to understand better the economic and social context, as well as the managerial skills essential for managing and developing the organisations in which they operate.
The main areas of expertise represented in the department are agricultural sociology, agro-industrial economics and international economics, and major international issues related to agriculture.
The department has expertise also in the running of a company or an organisation in the agricultural sector, which relates to disciplines necessary for running a business or consulting: management, strategy, entrepreneurship, financial management, management control, agricultural management, marketing, communication, distribution, purchasing, sales, risk management, audit and advice, and law.

Areas of interventions: This department trains students in the economic, social and commercial sciences as applied to agriculture, the environment, agribusiness, the territories and the running of agricultural organisations.
Going outside of the strict framework of “sciences and techniques for engineers or senior technicians”, it provides the students with the knowledge of how and the tools to analyse the economy, society and the contemporary world, thereby enabling them to take decisions and act within agricultural sector organisations in a complex world, taking into account economic, social and environmental demands.
The approaches focus on fieldwork and the analytical tools for use and instruments for taking action within the sectors, territories and globalised markets.

Links with the research structures: 6 lecturer-researchers contribute to the work of LARESS (Unité de Recherche en Sciences Sociales – Social science research unit).

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Environment, plant and quality of life

Fields of expertise: The Environment, Plant and Quality of Life Department has eight permanent lecturers and lecturer-researchers, who participate in different types of study programmes at ESA (BTS, Professional Degrees, Engineer), whether full-time, distance learning or apprenticeship. It also profits from the expertise of many outside individuals.
Some of the members of this multidisciplinary team have a strong expertise in landscaping, both in the field of design and in the execution of a work site. These lecturers teach in the BTS and Professional Degree in Landscaping. They have professional experience within a design office or their own business.
The other part of the team, whose basic competences are in geology, biology and ecology, have solid expertise in the fields of environmental assessment, management and protection of environments, and the conservation of species. The lecturers are involved in BTS Management and Protection of Nature and the ESA engineering study programmes.

Links with our research units: The department’s lecturer-researchers are involved in research work and consultancy within the USC ESA/INRA – Legume, Plant Ecophysiology and Agro-ecology Research Unit.

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Animal husbandry

Areas of interventions: The Department ensures the basic and applied training of students (Engineers and Professional Degree) in animal sciences. It also works in companies in terms of continuing education, consultancy and technical studies.
Links with the research structures: All the team of the Animal Husbandry Department form part of the Unité de Recherche sur les Systèmes d’Elevage (URSE – Livestock raising research unit) of ESA.

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Food and Bioresource Sciences and Technology

Fields of expertise: The Department specialises in agri-food science and techniques, and participates in the training of executives (senior technicians, engineers, masters) exercising their skills in R & D, quality technical management and production management in agri-food. The team is multidisciplinary and has a wide range of expertise.
Areas of interventions: The members of the Department are involved in the BTS and Engineer study programmes, as well as in the Master International Food Identity, and in continuous training and education.

Links with our research units: The lecturer-researchers and research engineers of the department form part of the GRAPPE research unit (USC ESA/INRA – Groupe de Recherche en Agroalimentaire sur les Produits et les Procédés – Food-processing research group for Products and Processes) of ESA; They participate in research on the physiochemical, biochemical and sensory characterisation of fresh apples and grapes and the influence of technological processing processes on certain sensory and nutritional markers. Some of them are equally involved as a study-consultancy structure for companies on innovation support projects.

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Basic Sciences and Methods

Fields of expertise: The educational missions of our department are:

  • to provide students with the concepts and methods necessary for experimenting, analysing data and solving complex problems; and
  • to train them in the use of office and computer tools.

The Basic Sciences and Methods Department also provides methodological support to ESA research laboratories on aspects of sampling, data processing and modelling.
The know-how of the Basic Sciences and Methods Department is organised to meet the needs of companies in computer-aided decision-making and, more particularly, in methods for analysing situations and assisting in arriving at a decision. The expertise of the members of the department means that all the stages of the processing of digital information can be handled:

  • development of databases (collection, organisation and storage of company data);
  • implementation of suitable analytical methods (data mining, reporting, etc.); and
  • modelling of data.

The members of the department are involved in several ESA study programmes: Bac pro, BTS, Professional Degree and Engineering.

Links with our research units:

  • Two lecturer-researchers contribute to the work of GRAPPE (USC ESA/INRA – Groupe de Recherche en Agroalimentaire sur les Produits et les Procédés – Food-processing research group for Products and Processes); and
  • One lecturer-researcher contributes to the work of LEVA (USC ESA/INRA – Unité de Research Légumineuses, Ecophysiologie Végétale, Agroécologie – Legume, Plant Ecophysiology and Agro-ecology research unit).

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Viticulture and oenology

Fields of expertise: The areas of expertise within the Viticulture and Oenology Department enable us to meet training needs of students, the needs of companies and professionals wishing to deepen their knowledge and expertise in a specific field concerning French and international wine-growing sectors, as well as of any public audience wishing to get to know the vine-related and wine professions better.
All of the know-how of the team of lecturers and researchers in the department allows us to address subjects dealing with knowledge of the vine, its environment and suitable technical itineraries, the transformation of the grape into wine, quality, the economic and strategic organisation of the sectors, in conjunction with the “Economy and Social Sciences” Department, or the adaptation of markets to the needs of consumers, and the sensory analysis of wines.
The members of the department are involved in several ESA study programmes: Professional Degree, Engineer, Master International Vintage, Continuous training and education.

The department has developed a strong network of university partners in Europe and around the world, who regularly participate in the training programmes. Every year, it invites four international lecturers, each for three months.

Some members of the department act as experts within:

  • the OIV (International Organisation of Vine and Wine); and
  • the Conseil National Scientifique de la filière vin (National Scientific Council of the Wine Industry).

Links with our research units:
– Involvement of all of the team in the projects of GRAPPE (USC ESA/INRA – Groupe de Research en Agroalimentaire sur les Produits et les Procédés – Food-processing research group for Products and Processes) on the following issues:

  • Characterisation of the Quality of Grapes and Wine: research into objective and innovative descriptors
  • Methodologies with regard to the Sensory Analysis of Wines
  • Relationships between cultivation and oenological practices and the quality/typical features of grapes and wines
  • Sensory quality and perception of the typical features of wines by consumers

– Involvement of the team in the collaborative project of the Mixed Technological Unit Vinitera (INRA Angers/ IFV Val de Loire/GRAPPE)
– Collaboration on research topics with the Master International Vintage partner universities (Italy, South Africa, etc.)

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