Department of Life Sciences

The Life Sciences Department of the University of Savoie Mont-Blanc brings together tenured and contractual teachers who teach courses, tutorials and practical work in microbiology, biology, physiology, ecology, etc. They are supported in these missions by administrative and technical staff.

Most of the teachers are also researchers and belong to laboratories working on issues related to ecology and the environment in mountain environments: CARRTEL, EDYTEM and LECA.

Headed by Dr. François Pellissier, the Department operates on a collegiate basis. It coordinates the pedagogical investments related to these disciplines, organises the timetable and the assessment of knowledge, manages the practical work platforms and specialised rooms and ensures the improvement of the teaching following their evaluation by the students.

The Department of Life Sciences coordinates the international exchange of students in the Life Sciences degree programme. Each year, several students complete the third year of the LSV in one of the 450 foreign partner institutions. At the same time, we welcome foreign students from the Asian, American, African and European continents.

The training courses in which we are involved

<strong>Les Licences généralistes</strong>

<strong>Les Licences Pro</strong>

<strong>Les Masters</strong>

<strong>Les Doctorats </strong>

  • Ecology" and "Biology" Specialty

Why choose the UFR SceM to study Life Sciences?

<strong>Pour réussir dans l’enseignement supérieur.</strong>

The Bachelor of Life Sciences atuniversité Savoie Mont Blanc offers a framework and a dimension conducive to personalized support. On average, there are about 160 students enrolled in L1: this number allows for emulation through work in small groups, a pedagogy based on field trips and experimental practices as well as an assessment of knowledge that includes a large proportion of continuous assessment. These elements help to explain the good success rate in LSV (over 95%) and the integration of these students in the selective courses mentioned above.

<strong>Pour bénéficier d’équipement de qualité</strong>…<strong>pour une approche des sciences du vivant reposant sur les pratiques expérimentales</strong>.

Because we are convinced that teaching in Life Sciences relies heavily on observation, experimentation, analysis and interpretation of work from research... we have created and developed since 1993 a specially dedicated Life Sciences practical work platform. Students learn cell and molecular biology techniques, handle plant physiology equipment and biotechnology tools. Collections of animal and plant samples are also available.

<strong>Pour une équipe pédagogique disponible.</strong>

The teachers are based on the same campus as the students. This proximity facilitates the possibility of intervening at the request of students to repeat a point of the course that is not well understood, to help interpret the results of an experiment or to guide a group project. Students wishing to discover what it is like to work at research in the Life Sciences can do a voluntary internship in one of the laboratories atUniversité Savoie Mont Blanc : CARRTEL, EDYTEM and LECA. This initiative is a plus when applying for a Master's degree.

Associated laboratories / themes of research

The Life Sciences department is supported by the laboratories of research : CARRTEL, EDYTEM and LECA

<strong>Pour une pédagogie s’appuyant sur des méthodes innovantes.</strong>

The USMB has put in place pedagogical tools as well as a support service for pedagogical innovation which has enabled the department's teaching methods to evolve.

Interactive lecture halls with electronic devices to facilitate student participation, reversed courses to optimise face-to-face time with the teacher, a moodle digital teaching platform that allows for asynchronous work, formative assessment, etc.

Organization chart

<strong>Florent ARTHAUD (Maitre de Conférences)</strong>

Head of Master 2 "EcoMont

  • +33 (0)4 79 75 88 70
  • Bur. 217 - Bât. 08A-BELLEDONNE - BOURGET

<strong>Jean-Michel BOISSIER (Enseignant Contractuel)</strong>

Head of Licence LASS

  • +33 (0)4 79 75 87 99
  • Bur. 118 - Bât. 08A-BELLEDONNE - BOURGET

<strong>Nathalie CAYLA (Professeure Agrégée)</strong>

Head of Licence Pro "Agronomy

<strong>Geneviève CHIAPUSIO (Maitre de conférences)</strong>

<strong>Jean-Christophe CLEMENT (Professeur)</strong>

<strong>Nicolas DUBOIS (Professeur Agrégé)</strong>

<strong>David ETIENNE (Maitre de Conférences)</strong>

  • +33 4 79 75 86 37
  • Bur. 206 - Bât. 08A-BELLEDONNE - BOURGET

<strong>Victor FROSSARD (Maitre de Conférences)</strong>

Head of L2 Life Sciences

<strong>Christiane GALLET (Professeure)</strong>

<strong>Tony IANIELLO</strong>

Head of Practical Work Platform

<strong>Sébastien IBANEZ (Maitre de Conférences)</strong>

Head of the Life Sciences Degree Programme

<strong>Emilie LYAUTEY (Maitre de Conférences)</strong>

<strong>François PELLISSIER (Maitre de Conférences)</strong>

Director of the Life Sciences Education Department

  • +33 (0)4 79 75 88 69
  • Bur. 210 - Bât. 08A-BELLEDONNE - BOURGET

<strong>Jérôme POULENARD (Professeur)</strong>

Head of the "Environmental Sciences Applied to Mountains" Master's Degree

<strong>Glenn YANNIC (Maitre de Conférences)</strong>

Head of L3 Life Sciences


I joined the EPGM Master's programme after a degree in biology. I wanted to go into environmental sciences in greater depth, without being confined to one specific field, such as ecology for example. The variety of courses offered in the Master's programme reassured me.

These two years have been rich in learning and encounters. The diversity of the disciplines allows one to refine one's professional intentions, as do the two internships that the programme offers. The courses are given by professionals "from the field" and from the world of research : this diversity of the "teaching body" is for me an asset, because it allows the diffusion of diverse ideas and stimulates the critical spirit. Another asset is the variety of student profiles. During the group work, which we often did, it is very interesting to be able to count on people who can complete the skills you do not have (life sciences; earth sciences; geography).

I am currently in charge of the "ecological transition and tourism diversification" in the public sector. I work in an EPCI of 20,000 inhabitants, alongside the elected representatives and at the heart of the challenges of a mid-mountain territory. My work consists of implementing the public policies put forward by the elected representatives. More specifically, my current mission consists of deploying solutions aimed at reducing energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions in the area; but also of organising the transition of tourism, by anticipating the gradual reduction of the snow cover period (and therefore of skiing) and by involving the sector more strongly in the ecological and energy transition

After 3 years of studies on my island at the University of Corsica, the desire to find a academics more adapted to my passion for the mountain was felt in addition to a need to explore new "elsewhere". So I joined the LP VALPESMONT after my professional license quality allowing me to find more concrete notions. I discovered new territories with new stakes, keys to develop them but also made many enriching encounters with many very constructive outings where learning is done through the experience of the speakers. Two years later, I continued my academics as a Middle Mountain Leader that I was preparing at the same time at academics and I came back to my valley to join the FFRAAC (federation of rural artisanal and agricultural fairs of Corsica) which labels the fairgrounds and markets working to promote the value of the sectors, agricultural products and crafts through popular events.

I did an Erasmus mobility at the University of Uvigo in Galicia (North-West Spain) in environmental science. I can summarize this experience in three major axes: (i) my experience of university life at Uvigo, (ii) the support of the Erasmus community (ESN) and most importantly for me (iii) my integration into everyday life.
The courses were given in Spanish (but can be in English for certain courses), the teachers and students were benevolent from the moment I arrived, which provides a favourable environment for learning. Beyond the academic commitments, the exchanges with the Erasmus community are, in a way, salutary because they allow us to have a real accompaniment from the arrival in the city of study and to have people to turn to for any problems (health, accommodation, social links...). Finally, in my opinion, the outcome of my stay was clearly my integration within my study city (Ourense). The meetings with the Spanish people, the voluntary work/subscription to associations made this stay unique. In this respect, I kept in touch almost exclusively with people I met during extra-curricular activities.
This year is a landmark year in my life. Today I look back on it with nostalgia and joy.


<strong>Responsable pédagogique</strong> : Sébastien IBANEZ

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<strong>Scolarité administrative Bourget</strong>

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