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The IMT Nord Europe Research Network

Institut Mines-Télécom (IMT)

IMT is a public institution for higher education and research for innovation. IMT ensures that the skills of its schools respond to 21st century changes in major digital, industrial, energy and ecological fields by reflecting on their impacts on industry of the future, the city, health and personal autonomy.

University of Lille

The Faculty of Science and Technology of the University of Lille  is a key partner for IMT Nord Europe. It is even involved in the school’s governance. The Faculty provides nearly 9,000 students with a quality multidisciplinary education through its nine academic departments. Its research activities rely on 25 internationally renowned laboratories equipped with the highest-level scientific facilities and technological platforms. The University of Lille has been assessed by HCERES (France’s High Council for the Evaluation of Research and Higher Education).

The PC2A Laboratory

PC2A laboratory’s research activities are conducted by some sixty people from three research teams: Physicochemistry of Combustion, Physicochemistry of the Atmosphere and Nuclear Safety. They focus on laser diagnostics and chemical mechanisms in flames and clean processes, combustion in engines, homogeneous and heterogeneous atmospheric reactivity, theoretical chemistry and air quality. PC2A is part of the Institute for Multidisciplinary Research in Environmental Sciences (IRePSE).

Structure Fédérative de Recherche – Technologies pour la Santé et Médicament

The Structure Fédérative de Recherche – Technologies pour la Santé et Médicament [Healthcare Technologies and Medicines] (SFR – TSM) brings together around twenty research teams, regional hospitals, and industries in the sector to support innovative projects integrating basic research, translational research and clinical research. It covers medicines and biomaterials, e-health and medical logistics and medical devices (bioengineering, computer-assisted movements).

CETIM, Technical Centre for Mechanical Industries

CETIM, Technical Centre for Mechanical Industries, is a Carnot-certified technological institute and a member of the Alliance Industrie du Futur. It is the French centre of mechanical expertise. It also a valuable R&D resource for 6,500 mechanics companies and, with its associated centres and subsidiaries, represents a total of 1,100 people, of whom over two-thirds are engineers and technicians, with a total turnover of €150 million.  CETIM has been increasing its activities through a network of scientific and technical partners including, since 2002, IMT Nord Europe and its joint laboratory on pressure vessel technologies (LATEP).

École Doctorale Sciences pour l’Ingénieur

L’École Doctorale Sciences pour l’Ingénieur  is one of the six doctoral schools that make up Collège Doctoral Lille Nord de France. It is divided into six areas: pure and applied mathematics; automation, computer engineering, signal and image processing; micro and nanotechnologies, acoustics and telecommunications; computer science; mechanics, civil engineering, energy, materials; and electrical engineering.

École Doctorale Sciences de la Matière, du Rayonnement et de l’Environnement

L’École Doctorale Sciences de la Matière, du Rayonnement et de l’Environnement is one of the six doctoral schools that make up Collège Doctoral Lille Nord de France. It offers excellent training through research in a wide range of fields including physics, chemistry, earth and life sciences, and agri-food biotechnology. Its mission is to organise and lead the education of PhD students to best prepare them for their future professional integration, in the fields of research and higher education as well as in the corporate sector.

I-SITE Lille Nord Europe

Certified as an I-SITE since February 2017, the University of Lille Nord-Europe (ULNE) project brings together 14 founding members with the aim of creating a major international university ranked among the top 50 in Europe within 10 years. The project is structured around interconnected research themes (health, planet and the digital world) based on an approach combining internationalisation, educational innovation and development. The I-SITE includes other entities certified by the French Investments for the Future Programme (PIA): 4 Laboratories of Excellence, 6 Facilities of Excellence, 1ITE, 1 IDEFI, 1RHU and 1 SAAT.

Central Laboratory for Air Quality Monitoring (LCSQA)

The Central Laboratory for Air Quality Monitoring (Laboratoire Central de Surveillance de la Qualité de l’Air – LCSQA) appointed by the French Ministry of the Environment, is the technical coordinator for France’s air quality monitoring system. It was created as the result of close collaboration between three partners:  INERISthe Laboratoire National de Métrologie et d’Essais (LNE) and IMT Nord Europe. 

Fédération de la Plasturgie et des Composites

France’s Federation of Plastics Processing and Composites [Fédération de la Plasturgie et des Composites] is the representative organisation of the plastics processing sector. It brings together and represents 3,550 companies, for a total of over 130,000 employees, and defines the professional policy for the sector. Fédération de la Plasturgie is a member of EuPC (European Plastics Converters), GFI (Groupement des Fédérations Industrielles), MEDEF (Mouvement des Entreprises de France) and CPME (Confédération des petites et moyennes entreprises).


The LGCgE brings together teams of researchers from the Community of Universities and Institutions (COMUE) Lille Nord de France. The laboratory pursues multidisciplinary research to meet the challenges of sustainable construction, development and ecology. It therefore responds to issues raised by construction, sustainable development, the safety of works and infrastructure, sustainable energy management, protection of natural resources (especially water resources), management of contaminated sites and biodiversity.

The Research Federation for Land Transport & Mobility

The Research Federation for Land Transport & Mobility (Fédération de Recherche Transports Terrestres & Mobilité -FR3733) aims to develop multidisciplinary synergies, pool resources and staff, as well as support access to the scientific resources needed to develop new and more generic knowledge, in order to be prepared to submit unified responses to regional, national and European calls. It is supported by the CNRS, the Polytechnic University of Hauts-de-France, the University of Lille and Centrale Lille Institut.


The CaPPA laboratory of excellence – Physics and Chemistry of the Atmospheric Environment – draws on the multidisciplinary expertise of 7 research teams (LOA, PC2A, PhLAM, SAGE, LPCA, ICARE, LASIR) to promote metrological innovation in the field of the atmospheric environment. On the one hand, it focuses on the “aerosol” system and its precursors to gain a better understanding of their role in climate forcing and the hydrological cycle. On the other hand, it studies the development of air quality at global, regional and local scales, with specific studies on radionuclides.


Railenium, the Institute of Research and Technology (IRT) of the railway sector, brings together the skills and resources of nine research centres, eighteen companies in the railway sector and two network managers.  It aims to improve the performance of rail systems and trains of the future and strengthen the competitiveness of the rail sector and its industry internationally through innovation.

The Lille Centre for Sociological and Economic Studies and Research (Clersé)

The Lille Centre for Sociological and Economic Studies and Research (Clersé) is a joint research unit of the University of Lille and of CNRS (UMR 8019). It has therefore always been a multidisciplinary laboratory. In keeping with this identity, Clersé has established strong links with the Centre for Studies and Research on Qualifications (Céreq).

Laboratory of Physics of Lasers, Atoms and Molecules (PhLAM)

The Laboratory of Physics of Lasers, Atoms and Molecules (PhLAM) is a joint research unit under the dual supervision of CNRS and the University of Lille. It pursues research on light-matter interactions, with a very strong experimental component in fundamental physics and a constant commitment to designing the related applications.


CRIStAL is a member of the IRCICA Interdisciplinary Research Institute – USR CNRS 3380. Its activities are linked to major scientific and societal challenges such as big data, human-machine interactions, robotics, intelligent embedded systems and bioinformatics. Its applications are designed for various sectors of the trade industry, health technologies and smart grids.

Télécom & Société Numérique Carnot Institute

Télécom & Société Numérique Carnot Institute, having received Carnot accreditation in 2006, mobilizes over 2,000 researchers. It focuses on the technical, economic and social implications of the digital transition, in particular the issues of communicating objects, networks and media of the future, uses and services, personal autonomy and health, the environment and security.

M.I.N.E.S Carnot Institute

M.I.N.E.S Carnot Institute unites the research capacities of the MINES schools as well as the laboratories of École Polytechnique and ENSTA ParisTech. The aim of its 2,000 research staff is to stimulate value creation among its economic partners and activate the innovation chain through work from its laboratories.


Armines, a non-profit association created in 1967, is the leading partnership research organisation in France. Its 600 employees contribute to the development of joint research centres with MINES schools and other partner schools by providing human, tangible and intangible resources.