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2009 highlights

The year 2009 was marked by the first nationally recognised assessment of all the School’s research units. They were assessed by AERES (research and higher education assessment agency). This independent body visited the research units, assessed their reports (over the past four years) and their scientific plans for the period 2010-2013. The drafting of these projects was an opportunity for each laboratory, each research team, each researcher, to take a step back and consider their goals for the medium term.
It was an opportunity to explore scientific changes of direction and lab reorganisation. In 2009, LEESU emerged from the amalgamation of the “old” CEREVE and LGUEH. At the beginning of 2010, Certis will join LIGM (Gaspard Monge Computer Science Laboratory, the CNRS mixed research unit at UPE-Marne-la-Vallée, ESIEE) which will come under the tutelage of the School. At the same time, the whole of the Navier Laboratory will become a joint CNRS, LCPC and ENPC mixed research unit.

These changes are important. They reflect scientific priorities and the emergence of stronger and higher profile entities. But it should not be forgotten that the laboratories also underwent a detailed assessment, against several precise criteria, culminating in an overall score: in all, our 10 laboratories achieved excellent scores (5 maximum A+ scores, 4 A scores, 1 B score), which enhance the profile of our research activity and therefore of the School itself. It should also be mentioned that in 2009 École des Ponts ParisTech joined the Dynamic Meteorology Laboratory (CNRS UMR, ENS Ulm, École Polytechnique, Pierre and Marie Curie University), by assigning a permanent researcher there as laboratory director.
 

 

2009 figures

  • In 2009, research accounted for some €16 million in the École des Ponts ParisTech budget, €5.1 million of which were generated from its own activity (research partnerships, ANR projects, etc.).
  • These activities were distributed across 11 research units, usually jointly with other entities such as CNRS, LCPC, Paris-East Marne-la-Vallée University, AgroParisTech, INRETS, Paris-East Créteil University, etc.
  • These units received resources allocated by their tutelary bodies, and at the end of 2009 had a combined staff of around 250 permanent researchers and 230 PhD researchers (registered at Paris-East University), this number including 90 permanent researchers from the School and 26 research Fellows funded by the School.

 

2008 highlights

The year 2008 was richly punctuated by individual movements of researchers, moves (the Paris-Jourdan Economics Unit is now on the Boulevard Jourdan site, part of Latts has moved to the Cité Descartes campus) and changes in laboratory geometry. Firstly, Lgueh has merged into a new “Water Environment and Urban Systems Laboratory" (LEESU, a joint École des Ponts, AgroParisTech, Paris-East Marne-la-Vallée University, University of Paris 12 laboratory), bringing together teams working mainly on the urban environment, offering a broader and integrated approach to the analysis of urban and periurban areas. Then the Saint Venant Hydraulics Laboratory (jointly run with EDF R&D and Cetmef) was created, exploring themes associated with fluid mechanics applied to the environment and development. Its establishment was also marked by the signature of a framework agreement and industrial chair with EDF R&D.

Amongst the highlights of the year, Cerea’s partnership with the Chinese Academy of Sciences on the numerical simulation of air quality in Beijing during the Olympic Games, Cired’s participation in the International Energy Agency’s World Energy Outlook and the creation of a chair of “prospective modelling” (with Mines ParisTech and École des Ponts ParisTech), the organisation by Latts of the International colloquium on “Betancourt, the ‘Ponts et Chaussées’ and Europe, 18th-19th centuries”, the creation of a transverse “Imaging and materials” team within the Navier Research Unit, are all signs of rich and vibrant scientific activity.
Finally, the laboratories (apart from LEESU, which was assessed last year) worked actively on preparations for their assessment by the Research and Higher Education Assessment Agency.

In terms of scientific production, it is also worth mentioning 6 authorisations to head research and 45 PhD theses in the doctoral schools linked to École des Ponts ParisTech, as well as 300 articles published in peer reviewed journals listed on the Web of Science (around 500 articles in the WoS or with an A ranking, and chapters from larger works).
All this activity constitutes an unquestionable pool of quality for the development of the School, both in the training of engineers and researchers and for the support it offers its professional sector. We can be confident in our future role in the structural partnerships formed by Paris-East University, ParisTech, the Paris School of Economics and our tutelary ministry’s Scientific and Technical Network.

2008 figures

  • The research budget was some €16 million, €3.7 million of were generated by research contracts.
  • These activities are distributed across 10 research units encompassing some 250 permanent researchers and 235 PhD researchers (registered at Paris-East University).
  • This includes 84 permanent researchers from the School and 26 research Fellows funded by the School.
     

2007 highlights

The year 2007 saw the award of the Nobel Peace Prize to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which included researchers from the School at CIRED. In the environmental field, there was also the start of the sustainable development research network financed by the Île-de-France region. And finally, it was the opportunity to present the work of the Momas research group to the Parliamentary Committee responsible for overseeing the bill on nuclear waste.  Also in 2007, a chair was created in the field of financial risk with the support of Société Générale.

In terms of research partnerships in 2007, École des Ponts ParisTech maintained significant collaborations, in particular with EDF, SNCF LAFARGE, RATP, EADS and Schlumberger as well as with Andra, CETU, the Seine-Normandie Water Agency and the Île-de-France Region.

As regards scientific production, it is also worth mentioning 6 authorisations to head research and 48 PhD theses in the doctoral schools linked to École des Ponts ParisTech, as well as 220 articles published in peer reviewed journals listed on the Web of Science.

All this activity constitutes an unquestionable pool of quality for the development of the School, both in the training of engineers and researchers and for the support it offers its professional sector. We can be confident in our future role in the structural partnerships formed by Paris-East University, ParisTech, the Paris School of Economics and our tutelary ministry’s Scientific and Technical Network.

2007 figures 

  • The research budget was some €16 million, €3.8 million of which were generated by research contracts.
  • The School accounted for around 80 permanent researchers in 2007, spread across 10 laboratories consisting of 220 permanent researchers and 250 PhD students.