Talents and discoveries

Doctoral students, engineers, lecturers, researchers... discover the people behind research at the USMB and their discoveries!

Portraits of researchers

Spotlight on women researchers atUniversité Savoie Mont Blanc (USMB) "Femmes de Science" through an exhibition of black and white photos. The aim of the exhibition is to highlight the work of female researchers at USMB and the wealth of research topics explored there.

Discover these 23 women researchers who bear witness to the place of women in today's research professions.





University Institute of France

The Institut Universitaire de France was created in 1991 to encourage academic excellence, to contribute to the feminization of the research sector and to strive for a balanced distribution of university research in France. It brings together a group of male and female researchers elected for a 5-year term, after analysis of their application and project by an internationally renowned jury.

Christophe Quézel-Ambrunaz and Pascal Hot have been appointed members of the Institut Universitaire de France (IUF) with effect from October 1, 2019, for a five-year term.

Laurent Messonnier has been appointed senior member of the Institut Universitaire de France (IUF), for the Innovation Chair, effective October 1, 2023, for a period of five years.
Jean-Baptiste Eichenlaub a été nommé membre junior de l’Institut Universitaire de France (IUF), pour la Chaire Fondamentale, à compter du 1er octobre 2024, pour une durée de cinq ans.

CNRS medals

Every year, the CNRS awards medals to researchers and other staff who, through their work, contribute to the reputation and renown of the institution. Seven types of medals are awarded. To name but two, the bronze medal rewards a researcher's first work, and the innovation medal honors outstanding research.

Honorary doctorate

Since its creation in 1918, the honorary doctorate has been one of the most prestigious distinctions awarded by universities to foreign nationals for outstanding services to science, literature or the arts, to France or to the university.

Since its creation in 1979, the USMB has honored sixteen personalities, including two Nobel Prize winners, in various disciplines: art, literature, humanities, law, basic sciences and economics.

Former Minister, former Member of the European Parliament, Danish MP
[Relive the ceremony to award Ulla Tørnæs an honorary doctorate from the USMB, November 26, 2019]

Claudia Lima MARQUES
Professor of Private Law, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil
[Relive the ceremony at which Claudia Lima MARQUES received an honorary doctorate from the USMB, July 11, 2019]

Gianmaria AJANI
Rector of the University of Turin

[Relive the ceremony awarding the honorary doctorate of the USMB to Gianmaria AJANI, February 15, 2019]

Rector of the University of Geneva
[Relive the ceremony at which Yves FLÜCKIGER received an honorary doctorate from the USMB, February 15, 2019]

Director General of
[Relive the ceremony at which Fabiola GIANOTTI received an honorary doctorate from the USMB, November 27, 2018]

Marcel JEAN
Artistic Director of the Annecy Animation Film Festival and General Director of the Cinémathèque québécoise, Québec, Canada
[Relive the ceremony at which Marcel JEAN received an honorary doctorate from the USMB, June 16, 2018]

Member of the Advisory Committee of the United Nations Human Rights Council, Geneva, Switzerland

Ghislain BOURQUE
Rector, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada

Robert ENGLE
2003 Nobel Prize in Economics, University of California at San Diego, USA

Nobel Prize in Physics 1984, CERN, Italy

Norberto BOBBIO
Professor of Philosophy, University of Turin, Italy

Professor of Geology, Bandung Institute of Technology, Indonesia

Lawyer, former President of the Supreme Court of Senegal, Dakar

Professor of Chemistry, University of Geneva, Switzerland

Professor of Law, former Rector of the Athens Schools of Political Science, Economics and Business, Greece

Lionello SOZZI
Professor of Letters, University of Turin, Italy