The agreement concluded between the CNRS and the University of Pau and Pays de l’Adour (UPPA), signed by Antoine Petit, President and CEO of CNRS, and Laurent Bordes, President of the University of Pau and Pays de l’Adour on September 14, 2022, signifies the will of these two institutions to implement a common scientific policy.
CNRS and UPPA jointly contribute to shaping the territorial face of research in southern Aquitaine through campuses established 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 influencing research carried out in joint units between the two establishments.
The scientific partnership between CNRS and UPPA covers the disciplinary areas of 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 it in structuring state-supported research excellence through the Future Investment Plan (PIA). In 2022, UPPA’s I-SITE (Initiative Science-Innovation-Territories-Economy) project “Energy and Environmental Solutions” (E2S) became permanent after a four-year trial phase. This success is based on the distinctive scientific contributions in the field of energy and environmental change, which are developed in units shared between CNRS and UPPA.
For the period 2022-2027, UPPA has decided to demonstrate its specialization in research through five interdisciplinary missions in accordance with the priorities set by the CNRS and in relation to societal problems:
- Organize energy subsidiarity at the territorial level;
- To represent and build the territories of the future;
- Adapt coastal, forest and mountain ecosystems to be more resilient;
- Reconciliation of development, safe environment and conservation of biodiversity;
- Challenging boundaries and embracing the challenges of difference.
The aim of these missions is to carry out research projects in the service of society with industrial, environmental and social applications. In order to strengthen the efficiency of the innovation system and the competitiveness of the industry, CNRS and UPPA rely mainly on the company for the acceleration of technology transfer (SATT) Aquitaine Science Transfert, of which they are shareholders. With the E2S UPPA project, the parties decided to bring together private actors to support research carried out in common units through collaborative structures (joint laboratories, chairs, centers, etc.).
In a context where international competition continues to intensify in terms of research and innovation, the Partnership Agreement provides for the development and implementation of harmonized European and international policies.
Operationally, both institutions allocate their human and financial resources to jointly support shared units. The partnership agreement provides a framework for the operation of research laboratories and its implementation means the introduction or strengthening of the following policies:
- support of research activity and mobility;
- welcoming doctoral students;
- provisions relating to publications and their signature;
- accelerated development of open science;
- policy in favor of parity and equality;
- policy in favor of sustainable development;
- disseminating knowledge to citizens through the UPPA-acquired ‘Science with and for Society’ brand;
- ethics and scientific integrity policy;
- instrumental service center of UPPA Tech, which connects all the experimental equipment present in the common units.
In several issues, the CNRS and the University of Pau and Pays de l’Adour include among their joint units 6 joint research units (IPREM, LMAP, LFCR, TREE, IKER, DICE), 2 research support units (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 participate financially in the operation of the laboratories in the amount of 1.8 million euros. Wages represent almost 350 employees: 233 researchers and teacher-researchers and 98 technicians, engineers and administrative staff.
Afterword by Laurent BordesPresident of the University of Pau and Pays de l’Adour: “Following the continuation of the I-SITE project “Solutions for energy and the environment”, I am pleased that the CNRS-UPPA framework agreement materializes a strengthened cooperation focused on the strategic goals shared by two institutions dealing with solving the societal challenges of today and tomorrow. . Strategic goals that the institution wants to fulfill in its multi-year contract with the state. Through our joint research units and a dynamic and effective institutional link, 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, the openness of science to society and international attractiveness. »
Afterword by Antoine PetitChairman and CEO of CNRS: “The CNRS and the University of Pau and Pays de l’Adour are jointly developing major research to avoid the main social challenges facing contemporary society. The confirmation of this collaboration is good news as it brings scientific progress around the main topics of the environment, territories and borders. These themes, resulting from the priority decisions UPPA could make, in accordance with the priorities determined by the CNRS, reflect the scientific signature of the site. This specialization in research and its adaptation to the industrial structure and local communities make UPPA a high-quality regional university. »