Irstea and INSA strengthen their partnership in Lyon

On January 29, 2019, Irstea and INSA Lyon committed to creating a joint research center. This agreement aims to strengthen an already rich partnership between the two organizations by combining their skills and resources through a joint scientific program.

The Irstea Lyon Villeurbanne Center - especially its REVERSAAL (Reducing, reusing and recovering wastewater resources) research unit - is recognized for its experience in modeling and using environmental technologies to process and recover urban effluent. In turn, the DEEP (Waste Water Environment Pollution) Laboratory at the National Institute of Applied Sciences (INSA) has significant experience in environmental engineering. It develops knowledge, methods and tools capable of providing solutions for urban water, waste and contaminated sediment or soil as well as analyzing environmental technology and anthroposystems.

The two organizations have worked together for several years and signed a framework agreement in 2017. This new convention expands on the main content of that agreement, taking it one step further. With this new agreement, the organizations aim to strengthen their partnership by creating a common research center (PCR) to combine their skills and resources through a joint scientific program.

Thepurpose of this common research center, known as Re-Seed (Water & Waste Resources), is to conduct environmental engineering research in hopes of reducing the impact of human activity on the environment and wastewater and urban waste treatment and recovery. The center will be expected to produce knowledge and develop innovative methods and tools that are transferable to public and private operational stakeholders. The research will focus on 3 key themes: reducing output flows (water and pollutants), reusing water, and recovering and recycling resources.

Re-Seed falls within the scope of several European and French policies relating to environmental protection, promotion of a biobased economy, adaptation to climate change, and energy transition. The team will also contribute to the creation of public policies in the field of water and waste treatment, research structuring, and organizing regional, national and international technical support by contributing to various groups and organizations.

Consult the INSA website