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

Agronomy and ecology

Fields of expertise: Our Agronomy and Ecology Department has 15 lecturers and lecturer-researchers, participating in the various study programmes: Bac pro, BTS, Professional Degree and Engineering.

A large part of the training experience at ESA nis devoted to field experiments and links with professionals,  addressing the main challenges of tomorrow: reconciling agricultural production, land management, environmental protection and ecological services.

Key issues covered in class:

  • Genetics (plant improvement), Biology, Plant Physiology and Ecophysiology
  • Agronomy: the three interactive elements of cultivated land, soil – climate – plant, influenced by 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 territory
  • Panorama of the living world
  • Agri-environmental regulations
  • Function and use of geographic information systems

Qualified technicians and engineers are able to contribute:
– to the challenges in reducing inputs (fertilisers, pesticides, etc.) and the impact of climate change on crop productivity by implementing innovative, efficient and sustainable production methods at 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 Culture, Language 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 skills, etc.
This forty strong team is focused on three particular areas: teaching, supervising projects and setting up training sessions.

Fields of expertise:

  • Language learning (general and specialised language – face-to-face and distance learning): English, Spanish, German, Brazilian Portuguese, Russian, Chinese, FLE
  • Creating induction sessions for international audiences
  • Multimedia educational content and tools for self-study
  • Oral communication – Public speaking – Creative expression (writing, theatre)
  • Written and electronic communication (formal and editorial quality)
  • Professional facilitation (conducting meetings, team management, conflict management, negotiation, etc.)
  • 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
  • Facilitating social culture
  • Setting up workshops welcoming other cultures

 Interventions

  • Interventions at all levels of training (from Bac pro, vocational secondary school diploma, to Engineer, in different formats: initial, continuous and distance
  • Interventions for establishment staff  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 for language teachers of the Grandes Ecoles) and regularly participates in educational conferences)

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 Sociology, economy and management

Fields of expertise: The department offers a mix of disciplines that enables students to better understand the economic and social context, as well as the managerial skills essential for developing the organisations in which they operate.
The main areas of expertise represented in this department are agricultural sociology, agro-industrial economics and international economics, and major international issues related to agriculture.
The department also has expertise in the running of a company or organisation in the agricultural sector, relating 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.

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 beyond the strict framework of ‘sciences and techniques for engineers or senior technicians’, it provides students with the knowledge and tools to analyse the economy, society and the contemporary world, thereby enabling them to take decisions and act within agricultural sector organisations, taking into account economic, social and environmental demands.
The educational approach focuses on fieldwork and the analytical tools and instruments for taking action within territories and globalised markets.

Links with 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 design and work sites. These lecturers teach 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, skilled in geology, biology and ecology, has solid expertise in the fields of environmental assessment, management and environmental protection , and the conservation of species. Lecturers are 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

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

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Food, Technology and Bioresource Sciences

Fields of expertise: Agri-food science and techniques, training 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.

Interventions: BTS and Engineer study programmes, Master International Food Identity, Continuous training and education.

Links with our research units: The lecturer-researchers and research engineers are 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) at 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 in study-consultancy structures for companies on innovation support projects.

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Basic Sciences and Methods

Fields of expertise: The educational mission of our department is to provide students with the concepts and methods necessary for experimenting, analysing data and solving complex problems and train them in the use of Office and other 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 Basic Sciences and Methods Department meets the needs of companies in computer-aided decision-making and, more particularly, in methods for analysing situations and decision making. All stages of processing digital information are covered:

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

This department is involved in several study programmes at ESA : 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)
  • 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 expertise within the Viticulture and Oenology Department enables us to meet the training needs of our students, associated 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.
Our expert team of lecturers and researchers allows us to address subjects dealing with knowledge of the vine, its environment and suitable technical itineraries, the transformation of grape to wine, quality, the economic and strategic organisation of different sectors, in conjunction with the ‘Economy and Social Sciences’ Department, or the adaptation of markets to consumer needs, and the sensory analysis of wines.
This department is involved in several study programmes: Professional Degree, Engineer, Master International Vintage, Continuous training and education.

The department has 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)
  • The Conseil National Scientifique de la filière vin (National Scientific Council of the Wine Industry).

Links with our research units:
– The team is involved 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

The team also collaborates with:

– The Mixed Technological Unit Vinitera (INRA Angers/ IFV Val de Loire/GRAPPE)
– The Master International Vintage partner universities (Italy, South Africa, etc.)

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