On Wednesday, May 10th , 2017, INRA, represented by Catherine Hénault (Director of the UR SOLS Unit), located in Orléans-Ardon, received the scientific and technical actors involved in the PIVOTS program (Platforms for environmental innovations, valorization and technological optimization), programcoordinated by Christophe Mouvet (Project Manager at BRGM), to share their current and future work.

also supported by their membership structures: BRGM, CNRS, University of Orléans, ANTEA Group, the competitiveness cluster DREAM, INRA and Le Studium.
As a reminder, PIVOTS is a set of 7 platforms listed in a program funded by the Centre – Val de Loire Region, the ERDF funds and the CPER 2015-2020.
It is in this context that the representatives of these platforms have committed, with a common challenge: to demonstrate the potential, in terms of research and development of the professions of environmental metrology in the Centre – Val de Loire region.
Nevertheless, it should be noted that research and innovation are not their only concerns, as they express a strong desire to associate with private actors in the environment in order to demonstrate the socio-economic benefits associated with the projects carried out by the platforms.
To start the seminar, each platform was presented to the entire audience by its manager:

  • PRAT (Atmospheric Reactivity Platform) on air pollution and public health, by Véronique DAËLE, Researcher at CNRS / ICARE
  • PESAt (Soil-Atmosphere Exchanges Platform) for ecosystem services of soils and peatlands by Fatima LAGGOUN, Research Director at CNRS
  • PESAa ​​(Soil-Atmosphere Exchanges Platform dedicated to agricultural soils) for experiments and the acquisition of agro-environmental references on soils by Catherine HÉNAULT, Director of the UR SOLS unit at INRA
  • PRIME (Platforms for Remediation and Innovation in the service of Environmental Metrology) on the monitoring and remediation of water, soil and subsurface, for a sustainable management of resources by Catherine CROUZET, Head of Unit at BRGM
  • O-ZNS (Observatory of transport processes in the Non-saturated Zone) for the development of effective strategies for the protection of groundwater resources by Arnaud IRSCH, Research Engineer
  • PERMECA (Test Platform for Research in Collaborative and Applied Environmental Mechanics) for laboratory tests concerning static and dynamic thermo-hydro-mechanical stresses by Eric ANTOINET, Engineer at Antea Group
  • DECAP (Development of environmental sensors and pollutant removal processes) dedicated to the development of environmental sensors for micropollutants detection and on micropollutants removal processes in waters by Christine VAUTRIN-UL, Scientific Manager at the CNRS

At the end of these presentations, several workshops were initiated to share the knowledge of each, in their specific scientific and technical sector, which made it possible to think about a better link between the platforms, their projects and of their tools. The aim is to optimize existing links between private and public sector actors and to create new partnerships.
At the end of the day, these workshops brought out many ideas. Indeed, each platform is linked by the will to advance in the research but also in the fact of accompanying the companies to develop in region Centre – Val de Loire. That’s why everyone shared their current and future plans, and at the same time highlighted their partnerships with local businesses. Among these, were cited: agricultural industries, pharmaceutical companies, engineering and consulting but also other sectors less known in the region such as the sectors: IT, construction or rail.

To summarize this day, we have witnessed a highlighting of the intellectual and economic potential of the Centre-Val de Loire region through expert interactions between metrology, geotechnics, biology, chemistry, the development of sensors for the soil study. Numerous scientific and technical fields that are now ready, more than ever, to offer their platforms to companies concerned by innovation and research, whether by offering them a technical service, training actions or simply to keep them informed their research and publications. Thus, the PIVOTS program and its platform managers, want to demonstrate nationally and internationally in 2020 that the Centre – Val de Loire region has an attractive potential in terms of research, innovation, but also in economic terms and job creation. For that, there is only one motto: collaboration between the actors concerned: academics and companies, the environment.