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Emergence(s): Key events in research at the UPPAN° 8 - December 2020

The magazine "Émergence(s) : les faits marquants de la recherche" is published by the University of Pau and Pays de l'Adour. It aims to reconcile know-how and knowledge, but also to make the work of our researchers more visible. It also allows the doors of the laboratories to be opened wide.

What a year it’s been!

“Students, professors, researchers, administrative staff, technicians... 2020 is a year that has marked us all, in both our personal and professional lives. We’ve had to learn to adjust, invent new ways of working, get to grips with new communication tools and explore new and unprecedented learning methods. And all this took a good deal of ingenuity! I would like to take the opportunity to congratulate all the teams for their incredible capacity to adapt. Despite lockdown, closure of the laboratories and all the challenges we had to face – sometimes at the last minute – they not only succeeded in staying the course, they also helped our university continue to grow.

UPPA effectively maintained its quest for excellence by accompanying its PhD students, recruiting a number of talents, continuing to open high-level expertise chairs, creating two new laboratories in social sciences and humanities and strengthening ties with prestigious industrial and academic partners such as the University of California, Berkeley. The research results and stories presented in this magazine are evidence of the enthusiasm that drives our teams, now more than ever, and of the UPPA’s global outreach.

The UPPA also achieved another step change by obtaining the “European Universities” label, one of the flagship initiatives of the European Union whose aim is to build a European space for education and research. To succeed in this major endeavour, we joined forces with five other universities – Turin, Saragossa, Timisoara, Beria, and Savoie Mont Blanc – as part of an alliance called UNITA. This unprecedented project heralds the creation of an inter-university campus that will be a real plus for both our students and our researchers.Obtaining the HRS4R [Human Resources Strategy for Researchers] label was another success at the European scale; this gives added value to the establishments that have signed the European Charter for Researchers. These two labels should enhance the appeal of our university, making it a place to be for researchers from all over the world.As I am now coming to the end of my term as President, I would like to thank you for all the excellent results obtained and to reiterate my confidence in the capacity of the UPPA’s community to meet the challenges ahead!.

Mohamed Amara, President of the Université de Pau et des Pays de l’Adour