Strategic plan

Ambition on an International Scale

2014 was marked by large events revealing the dynamic of the Lille site, with projects coming to reinforce our international laboratories: LIMMS, CAT/P4BIO, CINTRA, EGID and the acquisition of large equipment such as a 1200mHz NMR.

Since September 2014, the three institutions use a single "University of Lille" signature for scientific publications.

The following pillars reflect the research strategy of the University of Lille.





An increase in the number of doctors educated in the region is a priority. The three Lille institutions will thus reinforce their participation in the doctoral college supported by the COMUE (Community of Universities and Institutions) and establish a University of Lille doctorate.

During the year 2015, laboratories of the three institutions will move to a common administrative structure for smoother management, which will include staff-management dialogue and a single budget. For each laboratory, a steering committee will suggest a distribution of the means allocated by supervising institutions, and the management will be delegated to only one institution.

A main objective will be to strengthen and make more visible shared technology platforms and high-quality equipment of the University, by granting them means of their own. Consideration has also be given to enacting an economic model that will lead to the self-financing of these platforms and make them a part of national and international networks.

The policy for increasing the University's appeal will be based on founding interdisciplinary projects, bringing in post-docs, visiting researchers, and chairs, as well as on scientific leadership, especially within the Euroregion and Northwest Europe.

Research will be increasingly exploited for economic and social needs, an important activity for the University. Basic research must remain focused on and promote innovation.

Research and Promotion

With its 62 laboratories, many of which are associated with research organizations (CNRS, Inserm, Inria, Inra,...), the University of Lille includes several Equipex and Labex designations and grants:

- 7 Equipex * :

ImaginEx BioMed : High resolution analysis and high throughput screening microscopy platform

ExCELSiOR : Experimental centre for the study of nanodevice properties though a broad spectrum of means, from DC toinfrared.

IrDIVE : Research and innovation in digital visual and interactive environment

LEAF : Laser processing platform for multi-functional flexible electronics

REALCAT : Integrated platform for the high throughput screening of catalysts for biorefineries

LIGAN : Lille's next-generation genome sequencing platform

FLUX : High-streaming optical fibres

* Equipex : Top-quality equipment or literally "Equipment of Excellence" is part of the Investing for the Future programme launched by the French government. The first action of this programme is an investment for financing of high-standard facilities of intermediate size (between 1 and 20 million euros).

- 5 Labex * :

EGID : European Genomic Institute for Diabetes

CaPPA : Physics and chemistry of the atmospheric environment

CEMPI : European Centre for mathematics, physics, and their interactions.

DISTALZ : Development of innovative strategies for a interdisciplinary approach to Alzheimer's disease.

ParaFrap : Alliance Française against parasitic disease

* Labex : contraction of "laboratory of excellence." An instrument of the Investing for the Future programme to support the research of set a of teams on a given scientific theme.


- 1 Institute for Renewable Energy (ITE), French Institute for Agro-sourced Materials (IFMAS)

- 1 Centre for integrated research in cancerology (SIRIC), ONCOLille

- 1 Society for the Acceleration of the Transfer of Technology (SATT)

Nationally Recognized Platforms

BILILLE Bioinformatics

Infrastructure located in Health Biology Department  

Member of the "National Bioinformatics Network: French Institute of Bioinformatics" (RENABI-IFB) and the "France Genomics" network

Platforms shared within the "Chemistry and Materials" sector

  • Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) National CNRS/Minister Research Infrastructure, Member of "Greater Parisian Area" national network (GBP)
  • Mass Spectrometry and Proteomics CNRS National Instrument IBISA, "Infrastructures in Health Biology and Agronomy", Certification
  • Member of the very high field FT - ICR national mass spectrometry network (FR CNRS 3624)  

Platforms with the IBISA, "Infrastructures in Health Biology and Agronomy" Certification

  • Cytometry and cell sorting Platform
    Cell Imaging Platform
    Light Microscopy Platform
    Structural and Functional Genomics Platform
    Biological Resource Centre

Very high resolution analysis and high throughput screening microscopy

Last generation high throughput genome sequencers

Information Technology Sciences

  • Micro and Nano-fabrication department, Member of the "Basic Technology Research" national network (RENATECH)
  • Close field Microscopy and nano-characterization platform, also a membor of the RENATECH network
    Experimental centre for the study of nanodevices in a large spectrum of microwaves using infrared
    Laser processing platform for multi-functional flexible electronics


  • FIBERTECH - Fibre Platform
    Member of the Scientific Interest Group "Intiatives for New Optic Fibres" (GRIFON), along with a Dual University/Business Laboratory PRYSMIAN GROUP, world leader in the Cable and Energy and Communication Systems Industry.

    High-streaming optical fibres

Environmental Sciences

  • Meteorological Optics Plateform
    National Certification, CNRS/INSIS

  • Observation Service PHOTON AERONET
    National CNRS/INSU Network and membre of a world-wide network

  • Wimereux Marine Station
    Member of the national marine station network RESOMAR

  • EQUIPEX IAOOS (network)
    Observation system for the arctic ocean, atmosphere and ice

Chemistry and Materials

  • Platforms shared with the Biology and Biotechnology Sector
    Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR)
    Mass Spectrometry and Proteomics

  • "Analytic Electronics Microscopy" Platform
    National CNRS/INSU Instrument

  • “Electron Paramagnetic Resonance” Platform
    CNRS/Minister-Certified Research Infrastructure
    Member of the National Interdiciplinary EPR Network Research Infrastructure (FR 3443 IR RENARD CNRS)

    Integrated platform for the high throughput screening of catalysts for biorefineries

  • EQUIPEX ROCK (network)
    High-speed EXAFS spectrometer EXAFS for chemical kinétics

European Centre for Human and Social Sciences (MESHS)

Innovative Research in Digital and Interactive Visual Environments

Doctoral Schools

With 2500 PhD students, the aim of the Lille Northern France Doctoral School is to:
    •    Provide PhD students with an excellent education, with the guarantee of quality academic supervision,
    •    Strengthen l'interdisciplinarity and internationalization of doctoral studies,
    •    Prepare doctoral candidates for their career, in particular by opening pathways between the university sphere and key players in society.
    •    Promote the PhD degree to civil society.

Doctoral School of Material Sciences, Radiation and Environment (ED SMRE)

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Doctoral School of Engineering (ED SPI)

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Doctoral School of Human and Societal Sciences (ED SHS)

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Doctoral School of Biology and Health (ED BSL)

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Doctoral School of Economics, Social Sciences, Urban and Regional Planning, and Management (ED SESAM)

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Doctoral School of Law, Political Science, and Administration (ED SJPG)

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