The CNRS and the College of Pau and Pays de l’Adour approve their normal scientific coverage

The agreement between the CNRS and the University of Pau et Pays de l’Adour (UPPA) was signed by Antoine Petit, President and CEO of the CNRS, and Laurent Bordes, President of the University of Pau et Pays de l’Adour. ‘Adour, on September 14, 2022, the two institutions express the will to conduct a joint scientific policy.

Laurent Bordes, President of the University of Pau and Pays de l’Adour and Antoine Petit, President and CEO of the CNRS, September 14, 2022.

Together, CNRS and UPPA contribute to shaping the territorial face of research in southern Aquitaine through campuses created in the municipalities of Pau, Bayonne, Anglet and Mont-de-Marsan. The new buildings and equipment enable the development of original approaches and contribute to the impact of research carried out in common departments between the two institutions.

The scientific partnership between CNRS and UPPA covers engineering sciences, mathematics, geosciences, chemistry, microbiology, environmental sciences, social sciences and humanities, and law.

The CNRS participated in the site policy of the University of Pau and Pays de l’Adour by supporting the structuring of State-supported research excellence through the Future Investment Plan (PIA). In 2022, UPPA’s I-SITE (Initiative Science-Innovation-Territory-Economy) project “Energy and Environmental Solutions” (E2S) became permanent after a four-year pilot phase. This success is based on the distinct scientific assets in the energy and environmental transition areas developed in the units shared between CNRS and UPPA.

For the period 2022-2027, UPPA has chosen to demonstrate its expertise in the field of research through five interdisciplinary missions, in accordance with the priorities set by the CNRS and related to public issues:

  • To organize energy subsidiarity at the territorial level;
  • Representing and building the territories of the future;
  • Adapting coastal, forest and mountain ecosystems to make them more sustainable;
  • Reconciling development, safe environment and protected biodiversity;
  • Questioning boundaries and challenging differences.

The purpose of these missions is to carry out research projects in the service of society with industrial, environmental and social applications. To strengthen the efficiency of the innovation system and the competitiveness of the industry, CNRS and UPPA rely in particular on the technology transfer acceleration company (SATT) Aquitaine Science Transfert, of which they are shareholders. . With the E2S UPPA project, the parties have chosen to connect private actors to enhance research in joint units through joint structures (joint laboratories, chairs, centers, etc.).

As international competition in research and innovation continues to intensify, the partnership agreement sets out the development and implementation of agreed European and international policies.

Operationally, both entities allocate human and financial resources to jointly support shared units. The partnership agreement provides a framework for the activities of the research laboratories, and its implementation indicates the implementation or strengthening of the following policies:

  • support for research activities and mobility;
  • welcoming doctoral students;
  • provisions regarding publications and their signature;
  • Accelerated development of Open Science;
  • policy for parity and equality;
  • policy for sustainable development;
  • Dissemination of knowledge to citizens through the label “Science with and for society” achieved by UPPA;
  • ethics and scientific integrity policy;
  • UPPA Tech instrumental service center that brings together all experimental equipment available in shared units.

According to several figures, between CNRS and Pau and Pays de l’Adour University common units include 6 joint research units (IPREM, LMAP, LFCR, TREE, IKER, DICE), 2 support units for research (DMEX, IRAA). ), 2 international structures (IFCAM and Maxwell-Berger Low Noise Underground Research Laboratory), 1 joint laboratory (IC2MC) and 6 research federations (IPRA, RS2E, SPE, MARGAUx, ECCOREV, THEMOSIA). They provide 1.8 million euros of financial assistance to the laboratories. The payroll represents approximately 350 employees: 233 researchers and teaching-researchers and 98 technical, engineering and administrative staff.

With words by Laurent BordesPresident of the University of Pau and Pays de l’Adour: After the perpetuation of I-SITE “Solutions for energy and environment”, I am very happy that the CNRS-UPPA framework agreement realizes an enhanced cooperation between the two institutions, aimed at the shared strategic goals of solving the social challenges of today and tomorrow. . Strategic goals that the institution intends to fulfill in the multi-year contract concluded with the state. Through our joint research units and a dynamic and effective institutional relationship, UPPA can double its ambitions in terms of the impact of its research, innovation in partnership with businesses and communities, the effectiveness of the link between teaching and research, and the openness of science to the development of science. society and international appeal. »

With words by Antoine PetitChairman and CEO of CNRS: “The CNRS and the University of Pau and Pays de l’Adour jointly develop major research to respond to the main social challenges facing modern societies. The confirmation of this collaboration is good news as it brings scientific progress around the key topics of environment, territories and borders. These topics reflect the scientific signature of the site, arising from the priority choices UPPA was able to make in accordance with the priorities set by the CNRS. This specialization in research and its adaptation to the industrial structure and local communities make UPPA a high-quality regional university. »

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