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sophie.mercier @ univ-pau.fr

Deputy Director


david.gregoire @ univ-pau.fr



sophie.hontebeyrie @ univ-pau.fr



Marie-Laure RIUS

marie-laure.rius @ univ-pau.fr

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Multidisciplinary Institute for Applied ResearchPresentation

Key Numbers

  •     310 people (among which 160 permanent members)

  •     30 PhD thesis defenses / year

  •     200 publications / year

  •     5 patents / year

  •     1 Joint Industrial Unit with Total

  •     2 Joint Teams with Inria

  •     3 industrial chairs

  •     2 IUF members


The Federative structure IPRA (FR CNRS-UPPA 2952) gathers multidisciplinary competencies in mathematics, engineering and geosciences from four laboratories and one joint service unit located in Pau, Anglet and Tarbes, aiming at :

  •    experimenting thanks to technological platforms (PVT, pulsed power, metrology, etc.) ;
  •     modeling thanks to the understanding of complex physical phenomena;
  •     simulating experimentally and numerically in order to improve and to reproduce complex behavior laws;
  •  enhancing the value of works conducted in laboratories thanks to an intense partnership with the socioeconomic actors.

Know How

These skills are used to promote synergy around strategical development axis:

Geo-resources and energy transition

The rarefaction of conventional oil resources does not only encourage to consider new energy sources but also to envisage the exploration and the production of fossil resources in more and more hostile environments. IPRA's laboratories, in partnership with Total and Inria, the Carnot Institut ISIFoR, competitiveness cluster Avenia, mainly contribute to the exploration and to the sustainable production of subsurface resources as well as to the major issues related to energy transition such as deep geothermal energy or subsurface energy storage.              



The Southern Aquitaine region is an important industrial basin for aeronautics and we take advantage of the presence of major aerospace companies and of the global competitiveness cluster Aerospace Valley. Several laboratories develop cutting-edge research activities with applications in propulsion and reliability.




Environmentally Responsible Buildings


This product chain, is strongly supported in domains of materials, energy building and safety of (littoral) infrastructures. It is particularly developed in the framework of activities for Energy Transition INEF4 in the sectors of the rehabilitation of buildings, sustainable building, physical and urban architecture.





IPRA is a highly integrated research federation, able to arbitrate the funding requests to its academic supervisor. Its governance is organized around a director's board (the directors and the vice-directors, 11 people) meeting once or twice a month, and around the IPRA council constituted of 15 elected members and 7 appointed members, meeting at least twice a year.