Scientific context

Our planet faces a diverse array of variations, in particular climate change and damage to the environment, leading to serious consequences for our ecosystems and biodiversity. The courses on offer as part of the SCP graduate programme prepare the protagonists and leaders of the future, who will be ready to take on the main challenges linked to the transitions taking place across the planet.

  Key Numbers  


Research Units


Permanent Researchers

  3 Challenges  

The graduate programme is aligned with the scientific themes being addressed by the unit of excellence to which it is attached, with the following objectives:


and monitor

Global Changes


alternative solutions

to the exploitation

of fossil resources


the impact

on Earth, people

and societies

22 research laboratories in Lille, internationally renowned for their excellence in these areas and awarded several research projects, are already at work. As a student on the graduate programme, you will have the opportunity to discover these laboratories as part of a traineeship or if you decide to pursue a PhD.

  Research Topics 

Atmospheric science (physical and chemical properties of the atmosphere, from the molecular to the global scale, analytical sciences applied to the atmosphere, atmospheric modelling, atmospheric pollution and climate change)

Palaeontology, in particular addressing the societal demand for a greater understanding of the geological processes that trigger environmental crises 

Biology (population genomics, evolutionary genomics, statistics and modelling linked to climate change)

Materials science, with particular expertise in cutting-edge characterisation methods from micro-scale to nano-scale (diffraction, optical and mass spectroscopy, microscopy) as well as modelling on different scales

Chemistry (highly integrated biorefinery, catalysis, photochemistry, circular economy) 

The Hauts-de-France region is a pioneer region of the third industrial revolution ("REV3"). This Graduate Programme already has remarkable assets such as the coordination of the large-scale European project EUROBIOREF (FP7) for the development of new multi-biomass, multi-technology and multi-product biorefineries, the participation in the European network EUBREN (Pr. Franck DUMEIGNIL), the French project REALCAT (Pr. Franck DUMEIGNIL), which is unique in the world, to accelerate research on new (bio)chemical processes of biological origin.

The Graduate Programme "Science for a Changing Planet" is supported by : 1 Labex (CaPPA - Chemical and Physical Properties of the Atmosphere), 4 Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree (ASC, BIOREF, PANGEA, BioPHAM), 1 Equipex (REALCAT, Chemistry) and 4 ERCs: RheoMan and TimeMan (Physics); FireBar (Chemistry) and Roman (Biology).

As a student in a graduate programme, you will have the chance to discover research in these laboratories as part of either a traineeship or a doctoral thesis. 

  22 Laboratories