GREEN: University Research School for Energy and the EnvironmentLabel SFRI, Structuring training through research in initiatives of excellence


Since January 2021, UPPA has been awarded the SFRI label, Structuring training through research in initiatives of excellence, from the government's investment programme for the future (PIA3) for its project for a university research school for energy and the environment: GREEN, GRaduate school for Energetic and Environmental iNnovation.

Open for enrolment at the start of the 2022/2023 academic year, this university school aims to train tomorrow's research managers, enlightened about the challenges of energy and the environment, capable of understanding their complexity and proposing innovative solutions in the face of the challenges of transitions, according to 4 axes:

  • Implementing five-year programmes of excellence (master's and doctorate) linked to the research fields of energy and the environment;
  • to provide research with very high-level doctoral students and to strengthen our international attractiveness;
  • consolidate our partnership with socio-economic players, through internships, doctorates, their involvement in training and the definition of our programmes
  • strengthen the master-doctorate-research-innovation level of two of the colleges created within the framework of the I-SITE: STEE (Sciences and Technologies for Energy and the Environment) and SSH (Social Sciences and Humanities).

A project linked to emerging and/or high-potential areas of research at UPPA

The GREEN Graduate School (GS), housing Graduate Programs (GP) focused on pedagogical programmes directly linked to emerging and/or high-potential areas of research (in STEE and SSH) is designed on seven fundamental principles:

  • training in 5 years based on the skills of the research centres ;
  • guaranteeing professional integration at the end of the master's or doctorate;
  • to go beyond the traditional disciplinary approaches;
  • develop a broad scientific culture on energy and environmental issues;
  • training through research from the Master's level onwards and guiding high-potential students towards a doctorate;
  • cultivate multidisciplinary approaches;
  • promote international experience.

It supports the missions directly linked to the major societal issues identified by UPPA:

  • organising energy subsidiarity on a regional scale;
  • reconciling development, environmental safety and protection of biodiversity;
  • representing and building the territories of tomorrow;
  • resilience and adaptation of coastal, forest and mountain ecosystems;
  • questioning borders and taking up the challenge of differences.

Project co-directors:

  • Florence Pannier, florence.pannier @
  • Patrice Cassagnard, patrice.cassagnard @

Project start: April 2021
End of project: June 2029