The ULNE I-SITE project highlighted a concentration of local excellence related to four interconnected research themes: Health, Planet, Digital World and Changing Cultures, Societies and Practices:
- Promote systems biology and precision medicine;
- Catalyse the digital revolution in biomedical research;
- Optimise impacts for patients and society.
Science for a changing planet:
- Understand and monitor global changes;
- Seek alternative solutions to the exploitation of fossil resources;
- Evaluate the impact of global changes on people, the Earth and societies.
Human-friendly digital world:
- Humanise digital society;
- Master complexity with innovative conceptual tools;
- Design disruptive technology for friendly devices.
Changing Cultures, Societies and Practices:
- Analyse the organisational, cultural and institutional issues at stake in the historical transformation of our societies;
- Understand the dynamics of inequality and the forms of vulnerability that these transformations can bring about in order to lay the foundations for a more inclusive world;
- Envision the role of Europe in these transformative processes, in particular as a testing ground for new social, cultural and political dynamics.
The research strategy aims to sustain and expand excellence in these four research strands by supporting the best projects, encouraging high-potential researchers and attracting new talent.
This includes the development of an environment conducive to research and innovation: financing for specific projects and for the purchasing of equipment, the recruitment of doctoral and post-doctoral students, the establishment of junior and senior academic research chairs, as well as the development of the 4 thematic axes into research clusters, ambitious and cross ambitious and cross-disciplinary projects.
At the same time, I-SITE ULNE’s ambition is to create fertile ground for the emergence of young researchers through doctoral Graduate Programmes.
The project also aims to support and optimise the influence of research at the European level (ERC, European projects).
Finally, the I-SITE ULNE strives to encourage transdisciplinary projects to strengthen the position of the Humanities and Social Sciences.