Nadine Locoge appointed Director of the Energy Environment Research Centre

Nadine Locoge appointed Director of the Energy Environment Research Centre

Nadine Locoge is the new Director of CERI Energy Environment

Nadine Locoge was appointed Director of the Centre for Education, Research and Innovation in Energy Environment (CERI EE) in January 2024, taking over from Patrice Coddeville.

She answered our questions.

Can you tell us about yourself?

I earned my engineering degree at the Ecole de Chimie de Lille in 1989, and then my PhD at the University of Lille’s LASIR laboratory in 1992.
I joined the School in September 1992 in order to develop activities related to the atmospheric sciences and, more specifically, to carry out work related to ozone and its precursor gases. During my career, I have contributed to the Centre’s development and the significant shift from study activities towards research activities with a strong regional dimension but benefiting from growing national and international recognition.

Can you tell us about the Centre for Education, Research and Innovation in Energy Environment?

The CERI EE brings together around one hundred people including some 30 research professors, a team of 13 technicians/engineers/assistants and just over 50 people on non-permanent contracts including PhD students, post-doctoral students and engineers with fixed-term contracts, who enjoy an efficient working environment.
The Centre’s activities focus on the school’s three remits: education, research and innovation, which are key to the energy and environmental transitions. The activities therefore focus on providing education for the socio-economic stakeholders of the future, based on research related to the atmospheric sciences, indoor environmental quality, energy efficiency challenges and decarbonization.

What are your ambitions for the Centre?

My ambitions for the CERI EE are to continue the developments that have been underway for several years now in order to meet the major challenges facing society and the business world by integrating environmental and societal issues. The Centre’s two key fields of activity – the environment and energy – are essential components of the transitions that need to be accomplished over the coming decades.
Several projects therefore need to be developed. In the performance component, this means raising our profile and rationalising the management of our priorities in both research and training. In the international affairs component, it means developing ambitious and strategic partnerships. In the education component, we need to develop original educational programs that set us apart, especially in relation to the ecological and energy transitions and the promising potential of digital developments, while also strengthening the links between education and research. In the research and innovation component, we must ensure rigorous scientific production, develop large-scale national and international projects and intelligently increase our innovation offerings. And finally, in the economic development component, we need to develop professional training and work-study programs and establish effective and balanced partnerships with socio-economic stakeholders, in line with CERI’s human resources.

Do you have any final words for our readers?

CERI EE is building strong momentum and I will continue to pursue this development and the associated changes that will serve our ambitious objectives. I know that I can count on the commitment of our teams. Energy and the environment, our research topics, are key to the transitions. This is an additional source of motivation that brings out the very best in us.

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