The UTC/CNRS-INSIS Collegium, an illustration of interdisciplinarity

As of 2010, UTC and the CNRS agreed to establish the 1st French Collegium: a unique system focused on training, research and innovation that encourage interdisciplinary in engineering sciences and systems engineering.

Responding to society's needs

CNRS's Institute for Engineering and Systems Sciences (INSIS) brings together fundamental research, engineering and technology, emphasizing a naturally integrative systems approach stemming from the scientific disciplines encompassed by the Institute. From understanding phenomena to thinking up systems of major technological and societal importance, and from designing such systems to developing basic concepts and technologies, engineering and systems sciences lie at the heart of tomorrow's technologies.


INSIS's mission is to promote and coordinate research carried out in engineering and systems sciences, while reinforcing and creating synergies between the various disciplines represented in the Institute:

  • Materials and structural mechanics and engineering, Solids mechanics, Acoustics
  • Fluid and reactive media: transport, transfer, transform processes
  • Micro- and nanoelectronics, Micro- and nanotechnologies, Micro- and nanosystems, Electromagnetism, Electrical engineering, Photonics

Scientific polyvalence, technological convergence

The UTC/CNRS-INSIS (Institute for engineering sciences and systems engineering), Collegium unites the efforts of the 9 UTC laboratories in a joint approach of both institutions to develop partnerships, to reinforce technology-intensive and to gain in notoriety and visibility.

The Collegium consolidates the existing, dynamic relationship between the CNRS and UTC, with the prior creation of the Research Federation, code-named "Heterogeneous Interacting Systems" (FR3272 SHIC), combining three joint CNRS-UTC units:

Interdisciplinary research, boosting a dynamic set of ideas

The objective of an interdisciplinary approach is to create a scientific 'dynamique', closely tied to training targets, industrial research and innovation. The overarching aim is to offer a space where inventiveness and creativity of research personnel can be expressed in the context of engineering and systems sciences.

The Collegium acts as an innovation lever for UTC, adding value to the population of lecturers and research scientists; the assigned mission is to develop projects providing a more efficient training-research interface and interaction, amplifying partnerships, improvement the detection (and follow-up) of innovations that research work generates. These actions, taken together, develop the original features of the CNRS-INSIS agreement with UTC in terms of regional, national and international impact and visibility.


Marie-Christine Hobatho
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