Bordeaux Neurocampus, a global center of excellence in neurosciences

A brand new establishment, the Broca Center Nouvelle-Aquitaine within the Bordeaux Neurocampus was inaugurated end September.

  • 10/10/2017

The new Broca Center Nouvelle-Aquitaine is located at the heart of the University of Bordeaux, close to the University Hospital (CHU). It consists of 15,000 m2 devoted to research on the nervous system and associated diseases and is home to the Institute of Neurogenerative Diseases (IMN), the Interdisciplinary Institute for Neuroscience (IINS) as well as the Bordeaux Imaging Center and other technical platforms. Walkways link it to the François Magendie Institute (Neurocentre Magendie) and the Bordeaux Functional Genomics Center (CGFB). Together, these establishments form the “Neurocampus”, an entity that covers all aspects of research in neuroscience.

The role of the university is to continue developing this source of excellence and quality. 

Manuel Tunon de Lara — President of the University of Bordeaux

Global recognition

Thanks to the joint efforts of the University of Bordeaux and research bodies (Inserm, CNRS, Inra, etc.), the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region and Bordeaux in particular are recognized as one of the strongholds of neuroscience on the international scene for over 40 years. The launch of the Bordeaux Neurocampus, which brings together approximately 650 neuroscientists and research technicians in one single site, is the culmination of a common objective held by scientists, university figures and the regional council. This objective is to move forward with an innovative, voluntarist strategy in the field of nervous system research

This center provides the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region with a major research complex that boasts cutting-edge equipment, and provides the entire neuroscience community with access to an environment that fosters new ideas, the promotion of research and knowledge transfer, as well as the development of new innovations.

The project represents an investment of €67M, funded mainly by the Nouvelle-Aquitaine Regional Council, including €47M in buildings (construction of the Broca Center Nouvelle-Aquitaine and the extension of the Magendie Institute) and €20M for development support (equipment, recruitment, etc.)

A major architectural complex

The new building is part of the architectural complex that already includes the François Magendie Institute and the Functional Genomics Center (CGFB), thus promoting efficient operational organization.

The choice of a metallic façade gives the three buildings a visual harmony, forming a coherent structureThe building opens onto its surroundings with access via the forecourt and terrace. The shape of the building iscubic and each floor is arranged in relation to the surrounding buildings. Interior walkways link the different research centers. All parts of the building are designed to promote cooperation between centers with notably an atrium covered by a metal structure that favors circulation and discussion among researchers. 

The laboratories and peripheral offices are lit by natural light. The cantilever design and perforated façade provide passive protection from the sun, with the addition of individually adjustable systems.The building’s compact mass minimizes energy loss.