General presentation of ED 523

The decree that founded the PRES Limousin Poitou-Charentes (a state-funded body for scientific cooperation) was published in the Journal Officiel on 1 July 2009.

The new organisation consists of three universities and two engineering colleges: the Universities of Limoges, Poitiers and La Rochelle, the ENSMA (Poitiers) and the ENSCI (Limoges). It is based in the University of Poitiers: it has 44,000 students, 2,800 research professors, 1,800 BIATOSS staff. PRES-Limousin-Poitou-Charentes, known as “France Centre Atlantique Université”, was restructured for the start of the 2009 academic year to train its 2,000 PhD students by creating 8 ‘écoles doctorales thématiques’ or graduate schools shared and jointly accredited within the inter-regional PRES.

The Gay Lussac Environmental Science graduate school n° 523 is one of the aforementioned eight graduate schools. What makes it unique is the importance and diversity of the scientific expertise it contains, shared amongst three higher education and research establishments:

– the University of la Rochelle
– the University of Limoges
– the University of Poitiers.

The Gay Lussac graduate school pursues the objectives allocated to post graduate teaching in the context of the order of 7 August 2006:
an admissions policy that is based on explicit and open criteria,
the awarding of research grants,
monitoring of PhD students as they complete their thesis, the encouragement of scientific and intellectual exchanges between students,
the provision of teaching that is appropriate to the specific research topic and future professional career of the students,
a support system aimed at the professional insertion of its graduates,
monitoring of the professional insertion of its graduates, and of all its post-graduate students in general,
the possibility of expansion in Europe and abroad.
The reputation of the Gay Lussac graduate school rests on the acknowledged quality of its laboratories, its multi-disciplinary admissions policy, and preparing its students for professional life. The research programmes are arranged around two core themes:

Theme I: Management of resources and quality of environments
Key words: Coast, waters, soils, air, biomolecules, biodiversity, evolution and impact on health
Theme II: Environmental engineering and chemistry
Key words: Green chemistry, energy, catalysis, materials, transfer phenomena, pollution control, agro-resources, natural substances
Students are admitted from co-contracting universities but the Gay Lussac graduate school also admits a large number of students from other universities in France and abroad.

This website is mainly intended for PhD students or future PhD students seeking information on how the Gay Lussac graduate school operates, the thesis subjects, financing, post-graduate study courses and the teaching given by the school.

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