Yves GERAND (Dec. 2011-Apr. 2014/Nov. 2015-Feb. 2016)

Yves holds a Master’s Degree in Chemistry (National Graduate School of Chemistry (ENSCM), Montpellier, France) and is specialized in “Green Chemistry” (joint curriculum between the ENSCM and Montpellier SupAgro).

In 2011, after a master’s thesis in LCA at the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, Yves chose to join the ELSA team as a researcher at Irstea, in charge of the environmental assessment tasks of the Novinpak and Pomewiso projects. At the end of this mission, he took part in the organization of the Industrial Chair ELSA-PACT kick-off day in 2014 before joining the Refining and Chemicals branch of Total, La Défense, Paris.

At the end of this contract, he came back to the ELSA team in November 2015, this time working for the LBE. He is currently dealing with environmental assessment of algae-based processes (wastewater treatment, digestion…)


Topics:  Environmental Assessment, Life cycle assessment, Agro-bio-processes, wastewater treatment, algae, refining, polymers


Sarah Audouin (2015)

Sarah Audouin is an agronomist from the Superior Institute of Agriculture in Lille (Master degree, 2009), specialized in tropical agronomy from Institut for Higher Education in Agri-food Industry and Rural Development (IRC) in Montpellier Supagro (2010) and doctor in geography in Paris 1 and in the International Institute for Water and Environmental Engineering in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PhD degree, 2014). Her PhD focuses on the interactions between innovation systems and rural territory in Burkina Faso, with two examples : cashew nut (as food product) and jatropha (as energy product). Her main area of expertise and ongoing research covers the integration of biomass energy in production spaces. She has recently been recruted in CIRAD in the BioWooEB research unit for the Syngas projet in the Reunion Island. The purpose of the projet is to produce electricty from crop or forest residues through gazeification. The main objective of her study is to analyze the biomass availabilty for energy-use, identify the related supply-chain and conduct an environmental assessment with LCA.

Miriam Colin (février 2015…)

Holding a Professional Degreeon Organic Agriculture (2009)Miriam workedseveralyearsin the field of fruit growingexperimentationas a technician. In 2012, shecontinuedherstudies and in 2014, sheobtained a Master in Agronomy and CropInnovativeSystemsat Montpellier Supagro. Sheintegrates ELSA team in February 2015 for a period of 18 months to work on the Environmental Assessment (Life Cycle Assessment) applied to peaches and apple fruit sectors.

Victor Nichanian September 2014 – February 2015

Name : Victor Nichanian

Function : intern at the CIRAD, in the BioWooEb research unit.

Description : Victor Nichanian, 22, is student at the University of Technology of Compiègne (UTC), in process engineering. From September 2014 to February 2015, he will be on an internship at the CIRAD, in the BioWooEb research unit. In the context of the INVERTO project (innovation in vegetal chemistry through torrefaction), it consists in an environmental assessment of the chemical valorization of condensable species produced by the biomass torrefaction.  After the torrefaction’s thermodynamic study of 4 biomasses (pine, ashthree, miscanthus and wheatstraw) at 3 temperatures has been made, he will have to define the energetic needs of a new system, composed of the torrefactor and the extraction process of condensable species. With the help of the software SimaPro, he’ll finally make a life-cycle assessment of the system, in order to evaluate its environmental aspect and to minimize its impact.

Themes : biomass, torrefaction, thermochemistry, thermodynamics, life-cycle assessment, environmental impacts

LinkedIn : https://www.linkedin.com/pub/victor-nichanian/7b/1b8/68a

Meriem Jouini (Octobre 2014 – Décembre 2017)

JOUINI Meriem, 26 years old, is an agricultural engineer from the Institute National of Agronomy of Tunisia (2013) and PhD student in agricultural science. The PhD thesis is Cotutelle between Montpellier SupAgro and the University of Carthage – Institute National of Agronomy of Tunisia. The thesis concerning impact assessment of water and soil use, is titled Impact Assessment of agricultural practices and conservation works on soils by ACV: Case Watershed Merguellil. The themes of this research are the environmental assessment, systemic analysis, participatory approach, agricultural system of the South.

Audrey Boussaoud (August 2014 – January 2015)

Audrey Boussaoud is a 23 years-old student in agronomy from Supagro (2012-2016), in Montpellier, France, and is interested in the field of innovations for sustainable paths of production and consumption. The three previous internships that she did taught her a lot about the management of an organic farm, about beekeeping and integrated and sustainable pest management. Before her specialization, (september 2014 – september 2015) she is dedicating one year to internships, starting with a 6-months study at the researche center CIRAD (with Anthony Benoist) on environmental impacts assessment of lignocellulosic energy crops (state of art, precision of ranges of impacts for different types of biomass, creation of new LCA references); during the second semester, she would like to participate in an in-field rural development project with a specialized NGO working in Latin America or in Vietnam.

Topics: Life-cycle assessment, agroecology, family farming, economique development, sustainability

Evelyne Couliou (mars 2014 – février 2015)

Evelyne Couliou est ingénieur agronome, diplômée de Montpellier SupAgro (2013) spécialisée en gestion de l’eau, des milieux cultivés et de l’environnement. Pour une durée d’un an, elle teste le calculateur simplifié d’Analyse de Cycle de Vie de système d’assainissement, ACV4E, auprès de collectivités. L’objectif de cette étude est de transférer l’outil ACV4E, d’identifier et d’analyser l’utilisation faite et l’utilité du logiciel.


Laureline Catel (2013-2016)

Laureline is an agronomist from Montpellier SupAgro (2013) specialized in water management and environment.

After an internship in Life Cycle Assessment applied to drinking water production plants (for Veolia Eau d’Ile-de-France), she joined the Elsa research group in October 2013 to work on the project “LCA of wastewater treatment”. This project aims to develop tools and methods for LCA of wastewater treatment works (sewers and wastewater treatment plants) in order to optimize their environmental performance.

The ACV4E software has been developed for this project and allows comparing the environmental impacts of several sanitation scenarios built by the user. The main tasks of Laureline are to achieve LCA to supply the software database and to improve its ergonomics together with some “users-testers”.

Topics: Environmental assessment, Life Cycle Assessment, Wastewater treatment plant, sanitation.

Federica Silveri

Federica Silveri, born in 1989, obtained her master’s degree in “Business Administration” in March 2014, with a specialisation in Industrial Ecology at the University of Pescara (Italy). The purpose of her  PhD work is to set up a new theoretical model to anticipate damages to health of workers caused by psychosocial risk factors at work. It will take into account improvements resulting from positive psychosocial factors too. The methodology used is the construction of a cause-effect relation (pathway) between psychosocial factors of workplace and workers’ health.

Sylvain MARTINEZ (2014-2017)

Sylvain MARTINEZ, born in 1985, is graduated from The University Montpellier II with a master in physics and chemistry of materials. He made his PhD (CIFRE University of Technology Troyes / Schneider Electric) on the evaluation of a global cost of a product by the coupling of its environmental and economic performances. He defended in june 2012.

He worked at the University of Technology Troyes in 2012 as research engineer. He joined an ecodesign electric radiators project, including new materials (geopolymer, materials with phase shift).

In 2014 he joined the ELSA research group (INRA LBE) in order to work on two projects : Algraal and Surfact’alg. These two projects aim to replace existing products in cosmetics, detergency and construction by products resulting from algae (macro and micro). He is responsible for the management of the project, and ecodesign and LCA subjects.

Nicolas Mat (2012 – 2015)

Nicolas MAT has been working for over 6 years as a project manager in the field of industrial ecology and energy/climate change for public authorities and industrial sector, in France and abroad. In October 2012, he started  a PhD thesis in the LGEI of Ecole des Mines d’Ales. His research project questions the role of port and harbor areas in the context of an ecological and energy transition. He also teaches at the University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (Faculty of Geography and Environment), University of Franche-Comté and the Ecole des Mines d’Ales in the field of industrial ecology and project management.

Ibrahima Bocoum (2012 – present)

Ibrahima Bocoum, born in 1982, is an Economist. He holds a PhD from the University of Montpellier 1, defended in April 2011. His PhD thesis focuses on the analysis of food consumption behavior of households in the Sahel, in relation to poverty. In 2011, he worked at the Centre for International Cooperation in Agronomic Research for Development (CIRAD), as a Research Fellow, on the relationship between agrobiodiversity and food security. Between 2006 and 2012, he taught at the Universities of Montpellier 1 and Montpellier 3, and at the Centre for Studies and Research on International Development (CERDI). In 2012 and 2013, he was also a consultant in charge of surveys and data analyzes for Oxfam Great Britain and the World Bank.

He joined the ELSA team in September 2012 and is currently working on Social Life Cycle Assessment, as a Post-doctoral Fellow funded by the National Research Institute of Science and Technology for Environment and Agriculture (IRSTEA). His work focuses on the construction of a new “pathway” on income inequality, to measure the impacts of economic activities generated by a life cycle on health and poverty. He works closely with Catherine Macombe and performs some of his research at the Interuniversity Research Center for Life Cycle of Products, Processes and Services (CIRAIG) in Montreal.

Laurent Lardon (2008 – 2013)

Researcher, INRA-LBE, Narbonne.
Laurent Lardon is an agronomist, he obtained a PhD in process engineering from Montpellier SupAgro in 2004. Since he stayed one year in CEMAGREF (Montpellier) and two years in the Technical University of Denmark (DTU). Since 2008 he is researcher in INRA-LBE, at Narbonne.
Its research field focuses on modelling and environmental assessment of pollution treatment and bioenergy production facilities. Its main inteserst is the propagation of uncertainty along the LCA procedure.
Themes : Life Cycle Assessment, Bioenergy, Uncertainty, Waste.

Contact : lardonl#supagro.inra.fr

Juliette Langlois (2010-2013)

Juliette Langlois is an agronomist graduated from Montpellier SupAgro (2009). She is currently pursuing a PhD on the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of production system of bioenergy from saeweed cultivated in open ocean (WinSeaFuel project). Her research deals with the modelisation of the land use impact on the ecosystems.

Topics : Life Cycle Assessment, macroalgae, anaerobic digestion, marine biodiversity.

E-mail: langlois#supagro.inra.fr

CV J. Langlois

Mary Hanhoun (2011 – 2012)

Mary Hanhoun is a civil engineer (2003) and a PhD in process and environmental engineering from INP of Toulouse (2011).

In October 2011, Mary joined the ELSA as a post-doc to work on the Phosph’OR project. This project aims to develop recycling processes for phosphorus with agricultural purposes. Mary’s mission is to assess the environmental impact of these processes by the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), assess the impacts of each process with a view to application in agriculture and to build a sustainable and well-thought process.

Topics: Life cycle assessment, wastewater treatment processes, phosphorus recycling


Pauline Feschet (2009-2014)

PhD student, CIRAD, Montpellier

Pauline Feschet is graduated from Economics University of Montpellier 1 and from Montpellier Supagro. After working on energy balance of fruit and vegetable importation supply chains at Cirad, she follows a PhP thesis since June 2009, contributing to the development of a method for assessing social and economic impacts of products throughout their life cycle (Social Life Cycle analysis). The scope is the agricultural sectors, especially the banana supply chain.

Topics: Social life cycle assessment, economics, banana


François Dumoulin (2011 – 2014)

François Dumoulin is Master graduated in material engineering and environment from University of Technology of Troyes (UTT, 2010). After his Master thesis in eco-design for a railway supplier and a first experience as development engineer in a consulting agency, which supports projects of social economy, he joined the École des Mines, Alès, in September 2010 as research engineer for environmental assessment and eco-design. He gave lessons in LCA and eco-design until November 2011 before starting his PhD in December at CIRAD. His topic of research suggests to try answering a so far unanswered methodological question: how to estimate and assess potential environmental consequences of industrial ecology scenarios recycling locally organic residues in agriculture?

topics : environmental assessment, industrial  ecology, territorial ecology, recycling of organic residues, agriculture


Cyril Arnoult (2011 – 2013)

Cyril Arnoult is an agronomist (Master’s degree, 2003) from Montpellier SupAgro. From 2003 to 2009, he took part in launchingEnvilys, , an innovative company dedicated to expertise and developing assessment tools in agri-environment (specialised in water quality management and pollutions diffuses). In 2009, he got a background in LCA, as the company started a new activity in this area with ELSA as a partner. In 2010 and 2011, he works and helps the beginings of Dhomino, a green building start up.
Then he started half time work at Elsa in 2011, for the Ecotech-Sudoe project, and particularly the demonstration of improving energy efficiency of a research team activity through its building improvement and good practices.

Topics : LCA, data base, sustainable building, education, demonstration