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The Antony Centre

The Irstea Antony Center is one of 9 Irstea centers in metropolitan France. The center’s research teams are skilled in the fields of inland waters and wastewater, waste management, refrigeration engineering, the cold chain, and the safety and efficiency of agricultural machinery.

Key figures

  • 105 permanent staff including 94 researchers, engineers and technicians
  • 25 PhD students
  • 40 interns from higher education facilities per year
  • 10 HDR (accreditation to supervise PhD research)
    58 top-ranking publications in 2015
  • 47 research contracts, 4 appraisals and 10 ONEMA contracts in 2015
  • An annual budget of 4.1 million euros (excluding the permanent employee payroll), of which 70% comes from own resources through research contracts or services

Our research units

Our platforms

Our scientists

Laurent Mazéas was awarded his accreditation to supervise PhD research (HRD) in biogeochemistry from the University of Paris Saclay on September 29, 2015.

The study of biogeochemical cycles in waste recovery bioprocesses: inputs for optimization, development and to study their impact

Combining the study of biogeochemistry and molecular biology has made it possible to decipher how the microbial community involved in the anaerobic digestion of waste operates in order to optimize the management of anaerobic digesters and to develop new bioprocesses to refine waste. Moreover, combining chemical analysis and toxicity testing has made it possible to identify micropollutants present in leachate from waste storage facilities. These micropollutants could cause environmental and health problems if the leachate were to leak through the liner systems of these facilities.


A noteworthy project

IMPREX: Improving Predictions and Management of Hydrological Extremes

IMPREX is based on the idea that understanding current risks is an effective starting point for adapting to unprecedented future events. By taking into account potential climate trajectories and a range of experiences from various vulnerable sectors linked to water, IMPREX can place management decisions and current practices in a future context.


Partner PhD programs

Practical Information