2021 Booklet of Chairs

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In 2012, 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-years 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.

With E2S UPPA I-site, 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.

Facts (2020)

34 chairs in 2020

  • 13 Junior Chairs
  • 15 Senior Chairs with partnerships
  • 4 International Academic Guest Chairs
  • 2 International Guest Chairs with partnership


  • 86 permanent employees
  • 88 PhD
  • 151 Post-doctorate

A considerable increase in the potential of scientific experts for UPPA

The objective is to drastically increase 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 built up around a chair should have also educational responsibilities within the flagship programs of E2S UPPA.

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

Private and public partners

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.

The E2S-UPPA cofunded chairs

Research Chairs34 High-Level Expertise Chairs

In 2021, the University of Pau and the Pays de l'Adour has 34 high-level expertise chairs to meet the major challenges of the energy and environmental transition.

Over an average period of five years, each chair combines research activities and training of excellence thanks to a small research team led by a well-known scientist. These chairs also allow for increased partnership and international collaboration.

Junior chairs

Senior chairs

International chairs