MAK’IT (Montpellier Advanced Knowledge Institute on Transitions) is an Institute of Advanced Studies using innovative interdisciplinary approaches, it intends to boost the contribution of scientific communities to the acceleration of transitions needed to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the areas of agriculture and food, environment and health.

One vision

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted under the aegis of the United Nations, will only be achieved by 2030 through a profound transformation of our societies towards more innovative, integrative and adaptive models. This transformation lies itself on a series of major transitions that need to be orchestrated in the interlinked areas of health, environment and climate change, food and agriculture. From local to global, they represent many new challenges to accompany for research and teaching. MAK’IT’s goal is to contribute to the renewal of places and forms of scientific knowledge mobilisation and invent new fora to apprehend the multiple controversies provoked by these changes.

One mission

Analyse, accompany and accelerate agri-food, environmental and health transitions necessary to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Three functions


Contribute to research and teaching planning on these transitions and support the development of a corresponding school of thought at local, national and international levels.


Identify and stimulate the realisation of related foresight exercises and strengthen the skills necessary to drive the transitions.


Feed societal debates related to these transitions at national and international levels, answering both public and private requests by acting as a science-society and science-policy interface.


  • 3 main action areas: Agriculture & FoodEnvironment and Health
  • The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as main framework
  • An original approach via the treatment of societal controversies
  • A reinforced dialogue between life sciences and social sciences
  • A geographical focus on the ‘Global South’ (‘Leaving no scientific community behind’)
  • An anchorage within a dense network of both local and international academic and institutional partners

Hosting world-class researchers and stakeholders

MAK’IT offers academics, scientists, policy-makers, socio-economic actors and artists coming from diverse geographical and disciplinary backgrounds, the possibility to explore a research theme for several months in Montpellier. At the heart of the Institute’s project, this activity is co-organised with local institutions and laboratories in order to stimulate exchanges, collaborations and intellectual production in addressing controversies previously selected for their impact on transitions towards sustainable development.

Organisation of international events in Montpellier

With the objective of strengthening the engagement of scientific communities in public debate, MAK’IT is prepared to play a leading role in the organization of high-level conferences, workshops and public encounters bringing together researchers and other stakeholders from Montpellier and beyond.

Contribution to the development of new training and teaching programmes in MAKIT’s three thematic areas

As an innovative laboratory for change, MAK’IT is dedicated to making the conclusions of its work useful to future generations and to stimulate their engagement towards sustainable development. In addition to a widespread circulation of its publications, the Institute aims to encourage the development of innovative educational content and teaching curricula, and to establish ‘immersion’ programmes for students as well as Summer Schools open to PhDs and post-doctoral students.

Elaboration and coordination of European and international initiatives in line with the SDGs

MAK’IT builds privileged partnerships with other organisations, fora, think tanks of the same kind or interested in similar thematic areas, with a particular emphasis on scientific capacity building in countries from the ‘Global South’.