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Research and Development

Calvados actively supports cutting-edge research in order to underpin the development of all innovative enterprises.
R&D is second nature to us !

Key facts

Calvados has no fewer than 1,000 lecturer/researchers, working within 52 research teams or units. Of these, 45 are recognized by the Ministry of Research and 16 are associated with major research bodies ( CNRS, INSERM, INRA, IFREMER, CEA).

Research in the Lower Normandy region as a whole is also supported by the Pôle Universitaire Normand (PUN), a consortium of universities in Caen, Rouen and Le Havre. It has a research potential of 130 laboratories, 3,500 lecturer/researchers and 2,000 PhD students.
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The region’s top 7 research hubs
  • Fundamental and applied biology
  • Medical biology and epidemiology
  • Social sciences, including economics, management and law
  • Molecular chemistry, neuroscience, drug research
  • Mathematics, data processing, imaging, information and communication technologies
  • Ion-matter interactions
  • Materials
Research in these last two fields is centred on ENSICAEN (Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Ingénieurs de Caen), which is home to a group of 8 laboratories.
Two emerging research hubs
  • Environmental control
  • Geoscience, mechanical engineering

Unique facilities

Research units can take advantage of large-scale research facilities : GANIL (National Heavy Ion Accelerator), MRSH (Caen-Lower Normandy social science research centre) and CYCERON (biomedical cyclotron). SPIRAL2, a new particle accelerator project at GANIL is currently being built. It represents a major advance for research on exotic nuclei. It will provide better insight into the table of nuclides, thereby fostering the discovery of new properties of matter.

And to get back to where we started - information technology- Calvados is home to one of the 8 Orange Labs R&D centres in the country.

France Télécom - Orange's longstanding relationship with Caen began two decades ago, when it joined forces with La Poste to set up a joint electronic banking research department in the city, and it has continued right into the 21st century, in the shape of an R&D centre employing some 300 people.

This is just one example of how innovation is flourishing in Calvados. Indeed, fostered by effective support structures, new partnerships between manufacturing companies, engineering schools, the university and research centres are now being formed on a virtually daily basis.
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