On November 30, Philippe Choquet, President of UniLaSalle, launched the industrial chair for education and research on non-food applications for agro-resources and bio-based materials (AMBIOS).
Current issues surrounding ecological and energy transition together with digital transition mean production systems need to be reconsidered and higher education and research institutes need to reassess the knowledge and expertise they share with students.
UniLaSalle already supports various initiatives that bring the « Industrial » and « Agricultural » worlds together to contribute to technological innovations, and to support sectors involved in production and biomass applications in light of these new challenges.
UniLaSalle and its partners would like to increase their commitment to these themes through the creation of an industrial chair for education and research on non-food applications for agro-resources and bio-based materials (AMBIOS), with a particular focus on the construction industry to start.
The Normandy AMBIOS chair program aims to actively promote the expertise of three Normandy engineering schools (ENSA-Normandie, ESITC-Caen and ISEL-Le Havre) with which UniLaSalle works.
Industrial (Agrial, Cap Seine, Groupe PAREX, Eco Technilin, KARIBATI), agricultural (Normandy Chamber of Agriculture, Nov&Atech) and institutional partners (Normandy Region, Rouen Normandy Metropolitan District) are also involved, as they support our project both financially and intellectually.
Initiatives for tomorrow
In real terms, the chair system will promote:
- a new AGROrTECH R&D center – a unique site for agro-resource and bio-based material inventiveness and characterization,
- a degree course: a European Master’s of Science in « Agro-resources, Logistics & Bio-based materials » to anticipate the expectations of tomorrow’s careers,
- the launch of joint development and innovation projects – a crossroads of knowledge and expertise to meet the expectations of socio-economic partners.
In addition, UniLaSalle and its partners intend to promote the circular economy concept regionally, as it has an impact on all business sectors, notably building and construction.