Instituts Carnot: a partnership research commitment

The objective of Carnot meetings created by the Instituts Carnot network is to facilitate innovation by offering a place for meetings and discussions between the sometimes widely separated worlds of research and players in the economy.  Project owners benefit from an innovative concept of pre-programmed professional meetings (through an online catalogue describing the skills of exhibitors), and can hold direct discussions with R&D players who might be able to help them materialise their developments and innovations.

An alliance for Sustainable Construction

The objectives of the Grenelle Environnement cannot be met unless deliberate action is taken to accelerate progress in building and the urban setting.  This requires mobilisation of socio-economic players and research organisations in many disciplines necessary for systemic understanding of building and its urban environment.  More than 25 Instituts Carnot are combining their skills within the Sustainable Construction Alliance at the initiative of the CSTB Institut Carnot, and offer research partnerships to construction professionals and provide answers to the needs of transverse and systemic approaches taking advantage of synergies between the various Instituts Carnot.  This approach is aimed at manufacturers and companies, project managers, clients, managers and operators, developers and regional communities.  If offers skills at all levels such as materials, products, buildings, district, town and region.

2010 edition in the Rhône-Alpes region

The success of previous editions largely demonstrated the need for this type of multi-disciplinary exchanges and reflects the commitment of Instituts Carnot to meet companies and communities.  In 2010, Carnot meetings was set up in Lyon and based on the vitality and support initiatives for research partnerships and innovation in the Rhône-Alpes and Greater Lyon regions.

About the Instituts Carnot network

The Instituts Carnot network organised by the Instituts Carnot Association is composed of 33 institutes bringing together 13,000 research professionals that have made a commitment to develop partnerships with companies by guaranteeing listening and professionalism and facilitating technology transfers.  Its missions are to perform proactive and deliberate action to develop research partnerships, R&D activities done in cooperation with socio-economic players (companies or regional communities) in response to their needs; to facilitate transfers of knowledge and technologies to companies.

This multi-disciplinary network provides answers to the main economic and society challenges by mobilising six large fields of skills (ICT, micro and nanotechnologies – materials, mechanics and processes – energy and environment, propulsion, chemicals – construction, civil engineering and regional development – earth sciences – life sciences).

It lies within the framework of the government's policy to support the economic fabric and companies.  Its aim is to develop research results and technological changes through which contractors can integrate innovations that might give them a competitive advantage, into their offer of services and products.