Department of Science and Technology

The Science and Technology Department is a key player for scientific research in Aquitaine. It is organized according to subject disciplines but also pursues a transverse, multidisciplinary approach.

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From the most fundamental aspects of science to everyday applications, research is closely linked to evolutions in recent discoveries and focuses on the following major themes: materials, laser optics, information technology and the environment.

The department (via 20 research units) embraces a broad range of disciplines: mathematics, I.T., communication systems engineering, electronics, mechanics, physics, optics and lasers, astrophysics, nuclear physics, chemistry, material sciences, biology, earth sciences, environment and history of science...


Information and communication science and technology
Clearly defined as a national priority to respond to the demands of the digital revolution, this theme is made up of units from a number of subject areas and involves everything from the fundamental aspects of mathematics and I.T. to the development of multimedia applications that incorporate an increasing number of functionalities within complex hardware environments.

Materials for future applications
This strongly interdisciplinary theme involves a large number of laboratories on site that work on structural materials, soft matter, nano-materials, composite materials, materials for optics and functional materials. It benefits from expertise in chemistry, physics, modelling (mathematics and I.T.) and even biology for material applications in the field of health.

Optics and lasers
The unprecedented development of powerful lasers in Aquitaine (Laser Megajoule - LMJ, PETAL) and laser technologies and their digital or biological applications are a major development focus in Aquitaine.

Research in this field benefits from the presence of teams specializing in environmental metrology (aquatic and terrestrial), the study of ecosystems and biodiversity, climate change and adaptations. The societal dimension of environmental problems is expected to develop on site within the framework of the University of Bordeaux.

Key figures

  • 17 joint research units 2 UPR 2 UMS 1 HT 1 OSU
  • 4 doctoral schools and 990 doctoral students
  • 1,600 employees including 500 lecturer-researchers

Updated on 09/11/2017


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