Agreement signature between the University of Bordeaux and the CNRS

On March 23rd 2021, Manuel Tunon de Lara, President of the University of Bordeaux, and Antoine Petit, President and CEO of the CNRS (French National Center for Scientific Research) signed a partnership agreement between the two institutions at the University of Bordeaux.

  • 06/04/2021

Antoine Petit et Manuel Tunon de Lara © Gautier Dufau GD Photos Antoine Petit et Manuel Tunon de Lara © Gautier Dufau GD Photos

This agreement formalizes the collaborative support of the University of Bordeaux and the CNRS as regards excellence in multidisciplinary and innovative research with an international influence, and that is carried out in partnership with other research institutions and organizations on the Bordeaux site.

The scientific partnership between the University of Bordeaux and the CNRS covers a broad spectrum of disciplines, involving all 10 CNRS institutes, including:

  • Biology (neuroscience, imaging, immunology and host-pathogen relationships);
  • Chemistry (functional materials, soft matter, analysis);
  • Physics (optics and lasers; soft matter and biophysics; condensed matter; astronomy, astroparticles and neutrinos);
  • Ecosystems, marine science and paleoenvironment;
  • Mathematics;
  • Computer science (algorithmics, combinatorics, image);
  • Archeological science;
  • Social science.

Since 2010, the University of Bordeaux and the CNRS have conducted a joint “excellence” policy, structured around 8 scientific fields that have a high-impact on education and innovation (Archeology, Environment and Climate, Materials of the Future, Neuroscience, Digital Technology, Optics-Photonics-Laser, Health and Society, Digital Technology for Health).

This long-standing shared commitment has supported the development of the University of Bordeaux as a “major university for international multidisciplinary research”, and contributed strongly to the achievement of an initial milestone: the confirmation of the Initiative of Excellence of the University of Bordeaux (IdEx Bordeaux), one of the first three excellence initiatives in 2016.

The CNRS is a member of the “Committee for the Development of the University of Bordeaux”, which establishes shared structural measures aimed at developing an ambitious scientific policy. This involves responding to national calls for projects within the framework of the Investments for the Future Program, and common European policy.

The formal agreement just signed, is intended to reaffirm the importance for the University of Bordeaux and the CNRS to build a common strategy for partnerships with the socio-economic world and the commercialization of results from its research units, with coordinated support from their two technology transfer subsidiaries, SATT Aquitaine Science Transfert and CNRS Innovation.

Finally, the University of Bordeaux and the CNRS share the same ambitious objectives of developing open science, with the dissemination of research and data. They also lead joint initiatives in the training of unit directors to promote gender equality, scientific integrity, ethics and professional conduct.