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.

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:

(1) understand and monitor planetary change

(2) search for alternative solutions to our reliance on fossil resources

(3) evaluate the impact of global changes on humans, the Earth and society

The areas covered by the programme are varied and include:

  • 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) 

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.

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