51 Credit : Alexis Chézière UPPA Tech
51 Credit : Alexis Chézière UPPA Tech

E2S UPPA: Energy and Environment Solutions“I-SITE” – A National Label of Excellence

Page first published on 09/25/2017

The I-SITE E2S UPPA, university excellence recognized by the French government

The national label of excellence “I-SITE,” which stands for “Science, Innovation, Territories, and Economy Initiative,” is an action of the government’s program of “Investments for the Future” intended for universities.

The selected projects benefit from financial resources allowing them to:

  • implement a long-term policy of excellence,
  • develop interactions with their industrial environment,
  • attract internationally renowned research teams.

The University of Pau and the Pays de l’Adour (UPPA) is one of 9 French universities to have received this label of excellence for its E2S project, “Solutions for Energy and the Environment.” It is the only one in the South-West of France.

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On March 10, 2022, French Prime Minister Jean Castex announced its definitive labeling, after a 4-year probationary period and at the end of a highly competitive selection process managed by the National Research Agency.

The University of Pau and the Pays de l’Adour is now officially one of the 17 French universities of excellence (IDEX and I-SITE).

What is E2S UPPA ?

E2S UPPA relies on a high-level research consortium UPPA-INRAe-INRIA-CNRS in order to, alongside other activities, support the energy and environmental transition of local companies and authorities.

Our research teams are involved in issues related to energy and the environment, and more specifically to geo-resources, aquatic environments, biodiversity and territories. The aim is to remove identified scientific barriers (CO2 storage, biogas production, batteries of the future, wave-related risks, etc.).

Scientists, sociologists and jurists are also striving to increase the international attractiveness of UPPA by participating in cutting-edge training and research projects with renowned institutions (Stanford, Berkeley, MIT, etc.) through chairs of excellence; improving education, research and innovation programs; teaching in English master’s degrees and doctoral programs in the E2S field.

Video Presention of E2S UPPA


Discover the E2S UPPA website for partner companies and authorities


E2S UPPA Key Figures | 2021

  • 1000 researchers working on energy and the environment
  • 85 students financially supported through the Talents’ Academy
  • 40 contestants in the E2S UPPA Student Challenge
  • 31 thesis grants
  • 30 research chairs | 6 international chairs
  • More than 30 partner companies | 5 public institutions | 8 local authorities
  • 100 student entrepreneurs | 8 company creations in 2020
  • 20 technical platforms (UPPA Tech)
  • 13 patents filed
  • 8 joint laboratories | 2 international laboratories
  • 14 masters degrees linked to Energy and the Environment | 90% of master’s degrees taught in English


Read the 2017-2020 E2S UPPA Booklet of Research Chairs