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In March 2020, UPPA has 24 chairs who are developing new expertise. For an average of five years, each Chair combines research activities with excellence training through a small research team led by a recognized scientific personality. These Chairs also increase partnership and international collaborations.

Seven years ago, UPPA launched a distinctive initiative with the creation of research and education chairs. Several aims were pursued:

  • to invest into significant scientific projects in accordance with the strategy of the university

  • to create a task force dedicated to these specific research objectives

  • to tighten the relationships with private and public partners, placing them within a five-year horizon instead of the traditional three-years partnership format

  • to provide an increased visibility, thereby promoting the outreach of upcoming results and strengthening our international network.


The impulse of the project E2S UPPA

Over the 2011-2017 period of time, five senior chairs have been created, sponsored by private partners and local authorities, in the fields of engineering, management and cultural policy.

24 chairs

  • 6 Junior Chair
  • 12 Senior Chair with partnerships
  • 4 International Academic Guest Chair
  • 2 International Guest Chair with partnership


  • 66 Permanent employees
  • 74 PhD
  • 119 Post doctorate

With E2S UPPA, this framework has been significantly expanded. New chair formats have been launched, in addition to the existing format directed at established researchers: junior chairs for young promising researchers and part time international chairs hosting researchers with a very high international visibility have been created.

The objective is to increase drastically the scientific power of E2S UPPA, and at the same time, to embed – at the very starting point of the chair – research and education as the scientific team build up around a chair should have also educational responsibilities within the flagship programs of E2S UPPA.

This leaflet gathers the chairs that are active at E2S UPPA as of the end of year 2019. In addition to the five already existing ones, E2S UPPA created six junior chairs, seven senior chairs and six international chairs. Sixteen new faculty members have been hired.

A considerable increase in the potential of scientific experts for UPPA

70 doctoral positions and more than 100 one-year post-doctoral fellowships will be offered in the coming years within these chairs, over a wide variety of scientific topics in line with the ambitions and missions of E2S UPPA.

This unprecedented effort was made possible due to a wide participation of private and public partners. Their decisive input is acknowledged in the description of each specific chair.

Each project results from the convergence between scientific issues, stakeholders’needs and above all the interest in the mutualisation of concerns and efforts. Our experience shows that it has been beneficial to everyone.

New projects are in preparation as this format of collaboration and exchanges is becoming more and more popular.