Research policy

The research activities of the University of Poitiers are internationally recognized and cover a large number of fields, organized around six main thematic areas:
  • Physics & engineering science
  • Mathematics, information & communication science & technology
  • Chemistry, geosciences, biology, ecology
  • Biology & Health
  • Law and political science
  • Human, economic & social sciences.

Research key facts & figures

Over  2 400 staff involved in the activities of 47 laboratories and research units:
  • 21 Laboratories accredited by the ministry of higher education and research
  • 1 Joint Units of Service
  • 10 Federations of research
11 labs associated with the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS)
3 labs associated with the national institute of health and medical research (INSERM)
1 joint lab with the national higher school of mechanics and aeronautics (ENSMA) and CNRS

161 PhD theses defended each year
31 Habilitations to supervise PhDs (HDR) awarded each year

A consolidated budget of
  • over 32 millions euros for the Université de Poitiers
  • over 10 millions euros for the cnrs
173 research partnership contracts with companies, european institutions, the national research agency, ministries, administrations, public research and/or higher education bodies, local government, amounting to 9 millions euros.
13 new national & international  patent claims.

Transversal programmes

Three transversal programmes provide a framework for the development and recognition of research, taking into account major socio-economic issues:
  • Environmental impact of human activities (green industries and research centre for innovative technology and transport),
  • observatories and experimental “water  and soil”  research,
  • Knowledge, society & image (image and interactivity - learning, education and social cohesion - heritage and territories),
  • Health (food and health, experimental pre-clinical platform, observatory and platform on human ageing).


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