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GREEN PhD-Track Program

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© UPPA Tech - Alexis Chézière

University of Pau in the south-west of France offers a 5-year integrated Master/PhD program of excellence with intensive research training in interdisciplinary fields linked to energetic and environmental innovation. Check out the different majors.

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Graduate School for Energetic and Environmental iNnovation (GREEN)UPPA PhD Track Program

© UPPA Tech - Alexis Chézière

In January 2021, University of Pau in the south-west of France was awarded the SFRI label (Structuring training through research) by the national government for its project of a graduate 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 PhD-track 5-year program of excellence (Master's degree + PhD) aims to train tomorrow’s research managers, who are enlightened about the challenges of energy and the environment, and capable of understanding their complexity and proposing innovative solutions.

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The objectives of University of Pau’s Research Graduate School

- Providing research with highly qualified doctoral students and strengthening our international attractiveness,

- Consolidating our partnerships with companies through internships, doctoral theses, and involving them in training and in defining our curricula,

- Strengthening the master-doctorate research-innovation level of two of the colleges created within the framework of the I-SITE excellence label: STEE (Sciences and Technologies for Energy and the Environment) and SSH (Social Sciences and Humanities).

PhD-track Graduate Programs based on University of Pau’s strengths

The GREEN Graduate School, housing PhD-track Graduate Programs focused on pedagogical programs directly linked to emerging and/or high-potential areas of research (in Science and in Social Sciences & Humanities) is based 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,
  • Going beyond the traditional disciplinary approaches,
  • Developping 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 PhD,
  • Cultivating multidisciplinary approaches,
  • Promoting international experience.

It supports the 5 missions identified by UPPA that are directly linked to major societal issues:

  • Organising energy subsidiarity on a regional scale,
  • Reconciling development, environmental safety and protection of biodiversity,
  • Representing and building the territories of tomorrow,
  • Adapting coastal, forest and mountain ecosystems to make them more resilient,
  • Questioning borders and taking up the challenge of differences.

Project start: April 2021
End of project: June 2029

UPPA GREEN Graduate School co-directors:

  • Guillaume Galliero, guillaume.galliero @ 
  • Patrice Cassagnard, patrice.cassagnard @


This program is supported by the French National Research Agency as part of the "Programme d’Investissements d’Avenir" n°3 / France 2030 (ANR-21-SFRI-0003)