Faculté des Sciences et Technologies (La Réunion): Laboratories
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UFR Sciences et Technologies - Université de La Réunion

Introduction


Research works and projects of the Science and Technology Faculty’s labs

They were first inspired by a group of studies on natural environments.
La Réunion, the Mecca of endemism and highly-valued site in the world from a heritage and scientific point of view, has a permanent place among the planet’s « hot spots » for the observation and study of biodiversity and geosphere.
Moreover, in the past two decades, La Réunion reached the European standards of living (living environment, technologies, etc.) fostering new training, R&D, research and innovation needs; especially in the sectors of ICT (computer, telecom, electronics), agri-food, energetics and health.
The Science and Technology Faculty has been involved in these technological disciplines for 10 years. The Faculty’s main research subjects are built around one overall focus, which is environments and sustainable development, and branch out into three fields:

  • Natural environments and biodiversity,
  • Natural environments and biodiversity,
  • Health

The school’s 2010-2013 project aims at reinforcing research structuring and at emphasizing value-enhancement and innovation

In order to structure research, the University has identified key focus areas within federating groups:

  • Society observatory,
  • biodiversity and health,
  • natural environment observatory

a) At the regional level, the chosen focus areas were the result of three selective criteria: the originality of the themes related to the geographical position of La Réunion, the human resources and infrastructure feasibility, and their coherence with our research unit structure. Very few regions in the world can boast such a high level of cultural diversity, natural sites and environmental and societal problems all in one small territory. La Réunion is a tropical island raising up to 3070 meters, made of two volcanoes and with a young population of multiple origins. Its natural habitat, recognized worldwide, belongs to the rare hotspots that boast both marine and land biodiversity. Recently, all these elements were included in an application to add La Réunion to Unesco’s World Heritage list, submitted by the territorial authorities and the State departments.

b) At the local level, the main subject is sustainable development, in other words, the land’s economic objectives: to develop energy autonomy, food security and self-sufficiency, and tourism. Sustainable development was chosen as the cross-cutting theme which generates knowledge and technology-sharing measures. Let’s not forget that this global concept includes issues linked to climate change, risks, societal changes, renewable energies, health, and food; all of which are the focus of structured research in our three priority fields.



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