Research at ESA is based on the triangle “research-training-innovation”. Research carried out by the five units in response to the major challenges facing the agricultural world and society and the three strategic priorities defined in the strategic plan ESA 2025:
- digitalisation; and
- the valorisation of regional produce.
This positioning is also reflected by the presence of business chairs in “Changes in Agriculture”, “Ecologically Intensive farming” and “Food & Co.”
ESA encourages multidisciplinary research carried out with partners and that relates to the teaching programmes within five specialised units:
- Légumineuses, Ecophysiologie Végétale et Agroécologie (LEVA – Legumes, Plant Ecophysiology and Agro-ecology);
- Unité de Recherche sur les Systèmes d’Elevage (URSE – Livestock Raising Systems Research Unit);
- Biodiversité, Agroécologie et Aménagement du Paysage (BAGAP – Biodiversity, Agro-ecology and Landscape Management);
- Groupe de Recherche en Agroalimentaire sur les Produits et les Procédés (GRAPPE – Food-Processing Research Group for Products and Processes); and
- Laboratoire de Recherche en Sciences Sociales (LARESS – Social Sciences Research Laboratory)
Each research unit supports the development of the innovation by socio-economic actors, through study contracts, service and consultancy. Teams of lecturer-researchers, doctoral students, engineers and technicians bring real answers thanks to their systemic and cross-cutting analytical skills and their active participation in scientific and professional networks and competitiveness clusters, such as VEGEPOLYS and VALORIAL.
Member of the University of Brittany Loire, ESA is strengthening its national and regional scientific partnerships, notably with INRA, through a framework agreement and units with contracts but also with other universities, schools and research institutes in France and in Europe.
Research helps to maintain and develop the scientific potential of the school and so supports and strengthens the quality of education.