The Rennes Centre
The Rennes Research Centre is one of nine Irstea sites and a French EPST (Public Scientific and Technical Research Establishment).
It is located on the 4,000 m2 Beauregard site, workplace to about sixty permanent staff including 30 engineers and research and twenty doctoral and post-doctoral students and staff on fixed-term contracts.
Its work in research, advancement of knowledge and support of public environmental policies focus on 2 fields:
- the knowledge and improvement of the quality and safety of food products, transformation processes and more generally, expertise in the industrial processes applied to the agricultural and food industry (IAA).
- the conception and development of bioprocesses for the treatment of waste and organic effluent (municipal waste, agricultural-food industry effluent, livestock farming effluent) and their management.
The Irstea Rennes Centre is an associate member of the PRES UEB (European University of Brittany’s Centre of Research and Higher Education) since 9 June 2008.
The pertinence and the quality of research works also stem from the participation of teams in a dense network of partnerships which are diverse in nature: scientific, institutional and industrial
The ACTA team applies fluid mechanics to aeraulics and the Control of Turbulent Atmospheres.
The EPURE team studies the different aspects of the management of livestock farming effluents from their production to their elimination or recycling (material or energy).
The FLUMINANCE team is a CEMAGREF INRIA joint team dedicated to the study of methods for the measurement, analysis or control of flowing water based on sequential imaging.
A strong focus of the IRM-food team is the development of methodological works on plants. The team is thus involved in projects which are directly linked to the impact of climate and the influence of environmental conditions on the quality of fruits and vegetables.
The SOWASTE team undertakes work aimed at finding sustainable solid waste management solutions. This entails, on one hand, improving treatment technologies by focusing primarily on compost processes and, on the other hand, performing technical, environmental and economic evaluations to support decision-making in terms of the waste stocks channels to put in place.
- 2 research units
- 60 permanent staff of which half are researchers and engineers
- 20 doctoral and post-doctoral students
- 25 trainees from higher education facilities
- an annual budget of approximately 2 million euros (operations – equipment)