The ongoing ecological and energy transition, together with the current digital transition, has highlighted the need for a new approach to production systems, while forcing higher education and research institutes to reassess the knowledge and expertise they pass on to students.
UniLaSalle already supports various initiatives that bring industry and agriculture together with the aim of contributing to technological innovation and supporting sectors involved in biomass production and applications in light of these new challenges. To develop this area further, UniLaSalle has decided to launch the Industrial Chair in Agro-resources and Bio-based Materials – Normandy.
Tackling societal challenges: using plant resources for a new approach to design
- Developing new « green building » sectors with a low environmental impact in the Normandy region.
- Optimizing the utilization of agricultural resources, guaranteeing deposits and securing supplies and the quality of raw materials.
- Training up future managers in non-food applications for biomass and bio-based materials.
- Introducing a systemic, multidisciplinary approach to overcome any challenges.
A collective R&D program
- Cultural, technological and organizational challenges. Securing supplies of raw plant materials. Ensuring that materials comply with the principles of sustainable development and applicable legislation on building materials.
- Capitalizing on the architectural potential of natural, healthy, warm and sustainable materials. Developing expertise in the implementation of building sites and providing training in related professions. Anticipating the environmental footprint of bio-based materials. Setting up an incubator for training and collaborative R&D projects.
A joint training program (MSc)
Joint development of a conventional program due to be introduced soon: creation of an international Master of Sciences (MSc) in collaboration with our European academic partners in the United Kingdom (2 universities) and the Netherlands (2 universities).
Joint development with industry specialists of training programs for future professionals in the jobs created by these new green industries.
Agro R Tech Center of Excellence
- Quality and variability of agro-resources
- Technological processing methods
- Chemical formulations and implementation
- Characterization and utilization of processed materials
- UniLaSalle Engineering School specializing in agronomy & agro-industry, agriculture, food & health, and earth & environmental sciences
Because the utilization of local agro-resources can generate alternative, sustainable and high value-added outlets for farmers.
- ESITC Caen – École Supérieure d’Ingénieurs des Travaux de la Construction
Because the green building sector is still in its early stages, the construction industry needs to propose innovative, technically viable and easily transferable solutions.
- ENSA Normandie – École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Normandie
Because society’s demands are changing, architecture is also changing, as reflected in the increasing tendency to incorporate sustainable development into housing by mastering new materials.
- ISEL – Institut Supérieur d’Études Logistiques
Because the development of a green building industry is a logical component of a circular economy at local level, logistics has a key part to play in the sustainability of this ecosystem.
- PAREX Group
A leading player in the field of industrial mortars in France
Because working together today to create ecosystems that connect farmers with industry specialists will pave the way for the future production of materials based on renewable and local resources with a low environmental footprint.
French leader in non-woven products based on natural fibers
Because anticipating future needs will serve as a driver for innovation in bio-based agro-materials.