As part of the I-Site proposal process, representatives of the E2S institutions visited universities abroad to learn from their high-level performances. These institutions were selected because of their particular strengths:
New environmental assessments: New descriptors. From pristine areas to urban environments.
Low energy construction materials ; multiscale analyses of cement-based materials and clays.
The aim is to formulate a conceptual tool called the “nanoscope” that combines most advanced statistical Physics numerical simulations (such as accelerated Molecular Dynamics) and experiments (such as X-Ray tomography and microscopy…).
New environmental standard reference materials and specimen banking.
Corinne Nardin was named full professor of physics at UPPA in 2015. She became part of the polymer physics and chemistry team (EPCP) of the IPREM to strengthen the team's work in biomimetism and biophysics. Over the course of her career, Corinne Nardin's work has focused on the design of biologically active polymer structures of potential for biological and medical uses.
Benoît Liquet has extensively worked in developing novel statistical models to provide tools to analyse clinical, health and biological data arising from epidemiological studies. Since 2011, he moved to the field of computational biology and adapted some of these methods to scale to high throughput "omics" data.
Hannelore Derluyn was appointed as a CNRS researcher to the Laboratoire des Fluides Complexes et leurs Réservoirs (LFCR) of IPRA in October 2016. Her work focuses on crystallization-induced fracturing associated with salt transport and in-pore salt precipitation in geomaterials.
Dirk Schaumlöffel has been a research director (research professor) at the CNRS since 2011. His scientific research focuses on essential and toxic trace elements and trace element species in biological organisms and in the environment including the related analytic-chemical developments. One of his main activities includes trace element imaging in biological cells by nano secondary ion mass spectrometry (NanoSIMS).
Currently, the International Office helps foreign students and researchers to settle at the University. UPPA now plans to expand the services provided by the International Office with the creation of a Welcome Center. The Welcome Center will accompany arriving students, but its role will focus on researchers.
The goal of the PYREN project is to create a transfrontier campus with the public Spanish universities of the southern foothills of the Pyrénées (University of Basque Country, Public University of Navarre and the University of Saragossa) to help students develop competences useful for that environment.
The University of Pau and the Pays de l'Adour has the privilege of being part of a unique border area, that, on the Spanish side, goes from Basque country, to Navarra and to Aragon. UPPA strongly encourages cooperation with the universities of these regions by encouraging the pursuit of joint-PhDs.