Personalize your program to suit your professional project by choosing between 3 different IDIL Teaching Units

These teaching units are selectable regardless of the disciplinary field chosen, gathering within them all the IDIL tracks.

Mediterranean  Ecosystems

Description The objective of this UE is to discover the Mediterranean terrestrial environments, their diversity, their dynamics and their history.

During field excursions, the students will studied a large range of ecosystems from the littoral to the Cevennes Mountains.

Total Hours
Continuous Assessment
Instructor Christophe PETIT & Vincent GIRARD

Challenges in Chemistry for Health and Environment

Description The objective of this UE is to understand the links between drugs and society from an economic, regulatory, environmental and societal point of view.

General view of the place of drugs in society : pharmacoeconomy, drug as social object, links between drugs and public health, regulatory aspects and health system in the world, environmental challenges.

Total hours
16 h
Instructor Jean-Marie DEVOISSELLE

The social science approach to politics and policy

Description This course presents an introduction to the relationship between politics and public policy. Among the questions we will address are:

  • What is the link between electoral politics and policy decisions?
  • Why do some issues (but not others) become “problems” to which policy solutions are sought?
  • How do the formal and implicit rules governing partisan politics and administrative policy-making influence the eventual outcomes of policy?
  • How do political identification and public opinion influence the effective impact of policy choices?

These questions will be addressed from the perspective of the scholar, but also that of the citizen. The ultimate objective of this course is to enable students to become more informed and effective participants in policy debates that influence their professional and personal lives.

Total hours
20 h
A written exam consisting of one question from each of the course’s 3 Blocks.
Instructor Marc Smyrl

Scientific Openess to earth and water issues under global change

Description This Teaching unit is made up of two collages and 5 lectures. The aim of the collage workshops is to raise awareness and train participants to the environmental issues linked to climate changes and digital technology. The workshop also aims to lay down the key solutions to reach more sustainable practices in digital, and encourages discussions between the participants on the topic.

These workshops are real team building tool allowing participants to come and learn together how to reach sustainability in the digital sector and climate changes (references from IPCC reports). The 5 conferences have to be chosen in the list of the Gaia doctoral school which offers every year around 20 educational conferences on earth and water processes. Most of these lectures are available online and via streaming. A report on the two collages workshops and the 5 lectures have to be done at the end.

Total hours
17 h
Collage/team building and written Report
Instructor Linda LUQUOT

Sustainable Management Basics

Description The objective of this UE is to discover the managerial issues linked to the challenges of sustainable development (SD).

  • Does it have an influence on the representation of the company’s (or organisation’s) performance?
  • What are the different postures of companies/organisations in terms of SD?
  • What are the major theoretical frameworks (stakeholder theory, neo-institutional sociological theory, etc.)?
  • What actions should be taken in the management functions (marketing, production, HRM, etc.) to address the challenges of sustainable development?
  • How can entrepreneurship contribute to sustainable development (sustainable business models, etc.) ?
Total Hours
Instructor Jean-Marie COURRENT & Gérald NARO

Defusing quantitative bullshit




The aim of this course is to help students navigate the bullshit-rich modern environment by identifying bullshit, seeing through it, and combating it with effective analysis and argument.

Bullshit involves language, statistical figures, data graphics, and other forms of presentation intended to persuade by impressing and overwhelming a reader or listener, with a blatant disregard for truth and logical coherence. Calling bullshit is a performative utterance in which one publicly repudiates something objectionable.

In this course, we will teach students how to

  • Spot the former and effectively perform the latter.
  • Remain vigilant for bullshit contaminating your information diet.
  • Recognize said bullshit whenever and wherever you encounter it.
  • Figure out for yourself precisely why a particular bit of bullshit is bullshit.
Total hours
Instructor Benoîte de Saporta

Genome editing : policy, legal and institutional issues.

Description Genome editing tools allow direct modification of plant genomes more quickly, cheaply and accurately than ever before. It is a technological revolution with long term implications. The tools are changing the way plant breeding is conducted, including practices of using and exchanging biological material in plant science.

The emergence of such a technology raises a series of social, institutional, legal and policy issues. The objective of this UE is to help students to grasp the various societal dimensions of genome editing:

  • What role for genome editing in research and development in plant science?
  • What regulatory considerations for products derived from these techniques?
  • How can different societal concerns be incorporated into discussions on genome editing?
  • What weight should they carry in the design of genome editing regulations?
  • What involvement of scientists and scientific institutions in gene editing regulations?
Total hours 16h
Practical and oral assessments: Role Play and Collective workshops.
Instructor Thaura GHNEIM-HERRERA & Selim LOUAFI

Innovations in clinical biomarkers, biotechnologies for personalized medicine: current status and future perspectives



The main objective of “Innovations in clinical biomarkers, biotechnologies for personalized medicine: current status and future perspectives” course is to offer our students a multidisciplinary training in innovative biotechnologies in a clinical context, enabling them to fulfill the missions that will be entrusted to them in the field of industrial applications resulting from current biotechnologies. This training is part of this approach and aims to provide students with the knowledge and know-how to innovate and progress in the field of precision medicine, which today offers new perspectives in the treatment and individualized monitoring of patients.

The UE includes fundamental and applied courses on “omics” technologies: genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics and metabolomics. The understanding of these state-of-the-art omics technologies, integrated into the field of clinical biomarkers, is essential for the development of tomorrow’s precision medicine.

The training involves researchers belonging to laboratories at the forefront of clinical research in the fields of genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics and biotechnologies, as well as external professionals to interface with the industrial world.

Total Hours
Written report
Instructor Christophe Hirtz

In-lab Basics in Mathematics :

Laboratory : IMAG

The objective of this course is to go over the main concepts, objects and tools used in probability to be able to follow advanced master courses in probability and statistics :

– Universe, events, probability distributions
– Random variables
– Sampling, point estimators, likelihood
– Convergence of random variables
– Conditional expectation

Laboratory Title Organizers
IBMM Fast Organic Synthesis Cindy Patinote
IBMM Design, synthesis and Characterization of Bioactive Peptides Gilles Subra
ICGM Real-time analysis of reactions in Mechanoche Mistry Cesar Leroy
IBMM Taylor Dispersion Analyss for Sizing Molecular Entities Hervé Cottet
IBMM Frontal Analysis Capillary Electrophoresis to study Molecular Interactions Hervé Cottet
IBMM Sustainable synthesis of a potent dipeptide by solvent-less mechanochemistry Frédéric Lamaty
ICGM Isotopic labeling for high-resolution NMR of biomolecules and biomaterials Danielle Laurencin
IEM Synthesis and charactersation of selected inorganic/hybrid materials Martin Drobek/Florence Rouessac

Comparative Politics and Public Policy

Laboratory Title Organizers
CEPEL Cartography inititation Stéphane Coursière

Earth and Water Under Global Change

Laboratory Title Organizer
GM Hydromorph lab : combining model and physical experimentation to challenge scientific questions and R&D in littoral hydro-morpĥodynamics Fred Bouchette
GM Groundwater flow characterization from borehole hydrogeophysical logging and hydraulic tests Gérard Lods
GM Geophysical methods (field experiment, inversion) Stéphanie Gauthier
GM Electrical resistivity modeling and inversion in heterogeneous systems Cédric Champollion
GM Flow and transport modeling from laboratory to field scale in heterogeneous systems Delphine Roubinet

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Plants and Microbiological Sciences for Agro-Environment

Laboratory Title Organizer
IPSiM Introduction to the functional analysis of ion channels using the patch-clamp technique on plant cell membranes Claire Corratgé-Faillie, Alexis de Angeli, Anne-Aliénor Véry
IPSiM Local ion concentration and flux measurements at the surface of plant roots using ion-selective microelectrodes Martin Boeglin, Claire Corratgé-Faillie, Anne-Aliénor Véry
IPSiM Multi-scale imaging methods for plant abiotic stress analysis Carine Alcon, Tou-Cheu Xiong, Alexandre Martinière, Laurence Marquès
IPSiM Exploration of gene and genome expression in plants – computational session * Antoine Martin, Sandra Cortijo
IPSiM Exploration of gene and genome expression in plants – experimental session * Antoine Martin, Sandra Cortijo
LEPSE Rapid response of photosynthesis to water stress: stomatal origin or consequence of growth arrest? Myriam Dauzat, Romain Boulord, Thierry Simonneau
LEPSE Estimation of majour growth and development functions on high-throughput phenotyping plateforms Stéphane Berthézène, Benoît Suard, Bertrand Muller, Llorenç Cabrera-Bosquet
LEPSE Plant modeling: from 3D models to yield prediction on a European scale in 2050 Christian Fournier, Boris Parent
PHIM Phylogeography of phytopathogenic agents Stéphane Guindon, Denis Fargette
PHIM Phenotyping in virology Estelle Billard

* these two two-day sessions are complementary and should be followed, starting by the computational session

Research & Innovation Engineer

  • Metabarcoding et génomique environnementale (2 days)
  • Spectrométrie (2 days
  • High Performance Computing (1 day)

Sciences for Human Health

Discovery of technological innovations for personalized diagnosis: mass spectrometry and ultra-sensitive multiplexed immunoassays

The Clinical Proteomics Platform aims to exploit the latest technological developments in mass spectrometry and immunoassay for the discovery, validation and use of biomarkers in various human pathologies (Neurodegenerative diseases, cancers…).


– Overview of the different technologies (MS and ELISA): pros and cons

– Development of an innovative clinical application: scientific procedure

– New plasmatic biomarkers for Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis

– Bayesian statistics

– The different approaches to management

– Rstudio, Tidyverse, Rmarkdown softwares

– Develop effective reading and tactics

– Prepare yourself to attend a conference

– Litterature discovery and management

– Research data management

– Data Wrangling

– GIT code versioning and sharing

– Peer review process

– Research integrity in everyday practice

– Publishing as academics