With experience in public-private partnerships dating back over 30 years and a multidisciplinary, specialized skill set, the Carnot Institute Irstea promotes innovation and encourages the transfer of methods, knowledge and technologies to socioeconomic stakeholders through:
- A dozen technological platforms (agricultural equipment, geomaterials, wastewater treatment, processes, etc.) and as many natural experimental sites (natural hazards, hydrology, ecotoxicology, etc.) made available to companies for research partnerships. Examples include the irrigation research and testing platform (PreSTI) dedicated to innovation in irrigation equipment and methods and the geomechanical platform, unique in Europe, which brings together a set of methods and skills dedicated to analyzing and understanding soil and physical phenomena that impact dikes and dams.
- Technological offers stemming directly from our research and available for transfer through licenses, patents, software, knowledge and databases.
- The creation and support of companies (16 since 2000): Examples include the Green House Keeper start-up (systems to monitor and maintain greenhouses using a smartphone or tablet) and the new start-up Biomae (tool to evaluate water quality in rivers using gammarus, a small, freshwater, invertebrate shrimp and sentinel species living in our rivers).
Becoming a key contributor to “open” environmental innovation
- wastewater and waste treatment
- technologies for sustainable agriculture: reducing agricultural pollution, optimizing water resources, decreasing arduous working conditions, etc.
- agro-industrial and refrigeration procedures
- forest and aquatic resource management
- natural hazards: floods, avalanches, landslides, etc.
This involvement is evident in the 42%  increase in turnover registered by the institute with companies since 2011, reaching 3.1 million euros in 2015.
By 2021, the Carnot Institute Irstea aims to become a key contributor to “open” environmental innovation, marshaling public and private partners towards the sustainable management of resources and land within the context of global climate change.
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