The strategy and development of Université Gustave Eiffel are strongly anchored in Europe, for both training and research:
Erasmus + European University
Université Gustave Eiffel offers an excellent training programme for the city of tomorrow, facilitating the professional integration of its students, including those engaged in doctoral studies.
International relations are aimed in particular at building and managing a European network on the city and internationalising training and research.
In line with this, in February 2020, Université Gustave Eiffel submitted a project for a European university, PIONEER, focused on the city of tomorrow, with five partners, LAUREA Helsinki, Zilina University, NTUA Athens, TH Köln and ISCTE Lisbon.
Université Gustave Eiffel is also taking part in four Erasmus + “Strategic Partnerships”, coordinating one of them.
- Itinerant Musical Composition Classes (IMCC) - Coordination - Université Gustave Eiffel
- Lotus - Coordination - Kehl University of Applied Sciences
- RailToLand - Coordination - Polytechnic University of Madrid
- Re-designing and co-creating innovative cultural heritage services through libraries (ITSELF) - Coordination - National Library of Latvia
These projects aim to support the design, transfer and/or application of innovative practices as well as the implementation of joint initiatives promoting cooperation, peer learning and the exchange of experience at European level.
The entire University is committed to supporting and improving the participation of researchers in the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation and the European Research Area, through a policy of incentives, support and influence.
- Encouragement, thanks to the University’s key role within the Point de Contact National (PCN) Transport (National Transport Contact Point) which it coordinates and PIN Ville (the National Cities Information Point) which it co-created.
- Support through its Europe Task Force.
With more than 80 projects and funding to the tune of €21 million since the beginning of Horizon 2020 (20% of the university's own resources for research), European projects are very important for the university and its international standing.
Université Gustave Eiffel encourages its researchers to benefit from the Horizon 2020 framework programme and other European financial instruments. Thanks to the Horizon 2020 programme, the European Union funds projects that are strongly interdisciplinary and which are capable of responding to major economic and social challenges.
This programme, which involves a sum of €80 million for the period 2014-2020, covers the entire innovation chain, from idea to market, in order to support the work of research and innovation players based on three priorities: Promoting European scientific excellence, Defending European industrial primacy and Responding to the major societal issues and challenges facing the European Union. Université Gustave Eiffel is currently the coordinator of the following European projects:
• ITN Marie-Curie: Infrastar
• ICT: Proteus
• Research Infrastructure: RISIS 2
Dedicated support is planned for the ERC (with personalised coaching, training, editing, help with non-scientific aspects): this is the "ERC Goal" Package.
The European Research Council (ERC) supports very high quality European research.
The conditions proposed by the ERC are very favourable insofar as the grants are awarded for a period of 5 years, for an amount ranging from €1.5 to €3.5 million. Such grants give the successful candidates the means to recruit the team of their choice and to deploy the resources they need to carry through their project. They also benefit from a label of excellence and international recognition. Université Gustave Eiffel's ERC projects are:
• ERC “Consolidator Grant”: Magnum
• ERC “Starting Grant”: Open Jerusalem
• ERC “Starting Grant”: NEURODiam
- Influence on the future Horizon Europe programme and the European Green Deal, via its Brussels office:
In order to provide information and advice and also to exert influence, Université Gustave Eiffel has had a permanent member of staff in Brussels, at CLORA (Odile Arbeit-de-Chalendar) since 2016. The Club of Associated Research Organisations - CLORA - has a total of 28 members and facilitates the activities of French public sector research players in Brussels. It also plays an exchange, monitoring, analysis and notification role, via newsletters, memos and thematic days. The club provides its members with a platform for exchange and consultation. It publishes the CLORA newsletter and regularly organises thematic and presentation days covering news from Brussels.
Regular meetings are held with the major partners, namely Université Gustave Eiffel's supervisory ministries, the French Permanent Representation in Brussels, the Commission and the European Parliament.
Université Gustave Eiffel has established itself as a "European university with an international profile", with recognition in the field of sustainable cities. To consolidate this status, the university will strengthen and extend the collaborative links it maintains in Europe and around the world.
Université Gustave Eiffel has more than 200 academic partnerships with universities and research institutes in all regions of the world.
Several International Associative Laboratories (LIA) as well as an international institute and off-site structures are the concrete expression of research links that are now permanent with teams from all over the world.
These laboratories pool human and material resources to carry out their joint scientific project. The relationship between the partners is formalised by an agreement.
Founded in 2016 by the University of Sherbrooke (Quebec) and what was formerly IFSTTAR, the ECOMAT International Associative Laboratory (LIA) brings together some forty researchers around the development of eco-materials for infrastructure and building.
"We work on eco-materials with a multi-scale approach, from the molecule to the structure" explains Arezki Tagnit-Hamou, Director of the Cement and Concrete Research Group at the University of Sherbrooke.
The Biomechanics of Spine Injury and Pathologies (BSIP) project, supported by the A*MIDEX excellence initiative, is the result of longstanding collaboration between researchers from École Polytechnique de Montréal, CHU Sainte-Justine, École de technologie supérieure, Hôpital du Sacré-Cœur de Montréal, AP-HM, CNRS, the former IFSTTAR and Aix-Marseille University.
Created in partnership with Université Lyon 1, IFSTTAR, TÉLUQ, ÉTS and Université de Montréal, this laboratory aims to combine the expertise of each to conduct research projects that focus on two main areas: ageing and disability, together with orthopaedics and traumatology.
"The Faculty of Medicine and Université de Montréal would like to congratulate you and pledge their full support in this collaboration, whose themes are in keeping with our research priorities. We are pleased to see that the "living lab" approach will take on even greater importance through this partnership, which will profit from an exceptional research environment" - Christian Baron, Vice-Dean of Research and Development at Université de Montréal's Faculty of Medicine.
Université Gustave Eiffel and the DLR (Germany) have joined forces to create the INNIMOB "off-site" research institute.
INNOMOB is characterised by a shared long-term scientific programme focusing on innovation issues for mobility and transport in Europe. It follows a first cooperation agreement between IFSTTAR and the DLR signed in 2013, the DISTRANS LIA, which aimed to carry out joint work on logistics and freight transport.
The planned work is organised around 4 themes:
- Analysis of changes in the mobility of people and goods,
- New data or new data collection methods for mobility analysis,
- New planning procedures for more sustainable mobility,
- Technological innovations and new mobilities: what uses? What acceptability? How can the energy efficiency of vehicles be optimised?
Université Gustave Eiffel is committed to the construction of the European Research and Training Area, in particular by putting its themes on the European agenda and contributing to the relevant European instruments.
The university is notable for its deep involvement in many European networks and maintains its involvement in the European structures and associations that are the most important for its researchers, seeking to develop synergies between them. These endeavours contribute to a collaborative dynamic that facilitates participation in European projects of various kinds.
With regard to research activities, Universite Gustave Eiffel is involved in various European networks:
- Training networks to promote mobility and distance learning,
- Research networks that focus on infrastructure, engineering structures and roads, transport, the city and data
- Public policy support networks through its involvement in politically rooted work in support of the Directorate of European and International Affairs of the Ministry for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition.
The ECAA, founded in Poland in 2004, has more than 140 members and aims to:
- Enable the sharing of information and experience among the European coordinators of the ERASMUS + programme and beyond
- Encourage the mobility of students, and academic and administrative staff within the European Union and beyond.
- Disseminate the measures that relate to the Bologna Process and its updates in academic circles
- Promote the principles of and participation in the European Commission's ERASMUS+ programme
- Support the process of raising education and quality standards in the European Union and beyond.
- Organise seminars and conferences, to enable direct communication between members of the Association and to be a catalyst for increased mobility across Europe and beyond, as well as to define new areas of activity for the Association.
- Prepare and submit project proposals for funding by the European Commission
- Co-operating as a partner in EU-funded projects
- Conduct surveys and studies on topics related to the above
- Produce publications that are of interest to members
Camille Dulor (support team of the Vice-President for International Affairs) is the point of contact for Université Gustave Eiffel.
ECTP, founded in 2004, is an industry-led stakeholder forum recognised by the European Commission as a key player in innovation, knowledge transfer and driving European competitiveness. ECTP brings together 163 member organisations, from 26 countries in Europe (EU and associated countries - Switzerland, Turkey and Israel), across the construction sector and others throughout the entire built environment chain.
ECTP influences research and innovation investment in Europe through work and projects in partnership with the European Commission and/or other sectors.
ECTP comprises 5 groups:
- Active Ageing & Design
- Energy Efficient Buildings (E2B)
- Heritage & Regeneration
- Infrastructure & Mobility
- Materials & Sustainability
Frédéric Bourquin (Director of the COSYS department) is the point of contact for Université Gustave Eiffel.
ECTRI, an international non-profit association, founded in 2003 and based in Brussels, has 28 members among the major European transport research institutes and universities.
ECTRI supports the construction of the European Research Area (ERA) for surface transport by fostering cooperation between its members in working groups, projects, and meetings focused on topics and processes that are relevant to transport research. Every two years, ECTRI organises, in association with other associations (FERHL and FERSI), a "young researchers" seminar aimed at developing oral and written scientific communication skills.
Researchers from Université Gustave Eiffel are involved in ECTRI's thematic groups (Mobility, Road Safety, Security and Risk Analysis, Freight and Logistics, Economics and Policy, Traffic Management) to produce strategic documents proposing research actions in preparation for the European Multiannual Research Framework Programme (RFP).
Claude Marin-Lamellet (Deputy Vice-President for International Affairs at Université Gustave Eiffel) is the contact point.
EECI, an association founded in 2006 within the framework of the HYCON network of excellence (FP6-IST-511368), supports multinational and multidisciplinary collaborative research on the topic of embedded control.
EECI comprises 12 partner organisations in Europe and works to break down barriers between disciplines and facilitate the dissemination of methods and tools. It also promotes the training of students and researchers and encourages technology transfer to industry.
Mariana Netto (COSYS department) is the contact point at Université Gustave Eiffel.
EUA represents universities and national rectors' conferences from 47 European countries (850 members). The EUA plays a crucial role in the Bologna process and in influencing EU policies in the areas of higher education, research and innovation. Through its relations with a large number of other European and international organisations, the EUA ensures that the independent voice of European universities is heard whenever decisions are taken which have an impact on their activities.
The association provides expertise in the fields of higher education and research, and at the same time offers a space for the exchange of ideas and good practice. The results of the EUA's work are made available to its members and stakeholders via conferences, seminars, its website and publications.
EURNEX is a network of excellence that has become an association dedicated to railway research. It brings together 44 universities and research centres/institutes from 20 EU Member States and Russia, as well as the main European railway associations such as UIC, UITP, and UNIFE.
The EURNEX Association:
- Participates in the integration of the currently fragmented railway research landscape in Europe.
- Contributes to the establishment of the planned, more competitive European rail system
- Enhances cooperation in research and education, as well as the exchange of knowledge between the members of the association
- Facilitates the planning and implementation of joint research projects between its members and provides a long-term research environment for the railway sector.
Researchers from Université Gustave Eiffel are involved in the following poles of excellence: Intelligent Mobility, Safety and Security, Infrastructure and Signalling, and Human Factors.
El Miloudi El Koursi (Département COSYS) at Université Gustave Eiffel is the Vice Chairman of EURNEX.
FEHRL, a Brussels-based international association founded in 1989, has more than 30 members drawn from national institutes and research laboratories throughout Europe and associate members from outside Europe (USA, Australia, South Africa and Israel).
FEHRL works to create, maintain and enhance the quality and efficiency of road transport networks and to promote recognition of the vital role they play in Europe. FEHRL is particularly involved in research topics on road engineering and related environmental issues, intelligent transport and geo-technologies. Every two years FEHRL organises an international seminar bringing together around 100 experts to identify research priorities and maintain good cooperation between its members.
Researchers from Université Gustave Eiffel are involved in the association's bodies and groups of experts in order to prepare the European Multiannual Research Framework Programme (PCRD) and to work together in responding to calls for projects.
Agnès Jullien, Vice-President for International Affairs at Universite Gustave Eiffel, has been Executive Director of FEHRL since 2019 and a member of the Board.
Fabienne Anfosso-Ledée of Université Gustave Eiffel's MAST department is the Research Coordinator at FEHRL.
FERSI, created in 1991, encourages collaboration between research institutes in 24 European countries with a view to implementing pre-normative road safety research.
FERSI promotes and coordinates high-quality research projects on road safety issues, consultations on the implementation of research results and their scientific evaluation.
Researchers from Université Gustave Eiffel, the co-founder of FERSI, are directly involved in the work carried out by the working groups.
Dominique Mignot (Director of the Transport, Health, Safety Department) of Universite Gustave Eiffel is the Office of the Vice-President for the FERSI.
This network of excellence brings together 16 universities and research centres in Europe. It focuses on research related to the design of Information and Communication Technologies in the field of transport and carries out actions that coordinate research and the dissemination of knowledge at European level.
Humanist organises a conference every two years as well as summer schools.
Researchers from Université Gustave Eiffel help to identify priority research themes and European projects.
Annie Pauzié (Transport, Health, Safety Department) at Université Gustave Eiffel is a member of the board.
The Urban Europe Research Alliance is an initiative put in place by JPI Urban Europe. It is a cooperation network linking research organisations and universities that carry out research and innovation work on urban issues. The alliance includes more than fifty research organisations from 18 European countries; it extends beyond the framework of JPI Urban Europe and encompasses all the stakeholders in the field of urban research. UERA promotes scientific excellence in the field of urban research following a systemic, environmental and socio-economic approach and encourages the study of methodologies and tools that are relevant for urban decision-making, planning, design and management. The objectives, activities and organisation of the Alliance reflect these principles in the context of European urban development and international cooperation.
UERA aims to strengthen European capacities in the field of urban research and innovation by:
- Developing a shared vision for urban research;
- Building joint projects through the sharing of skills and resources;
- Sharing research infrastructures such as databases, urban observatories or living labs;
- Developing cooperation with the main European and international research organisations in the urban field.
Anne Ruas has been coordinating UERA since 2017.
Alain L'Hostis is a member of the “Accessibility And Connectivity” working group.
Internationalisation outside the European zone is a priority for the University: the field of sustainable cities is a strong indicator of this, but it is not the only one. In order to nourish and enhance its influence and profile, the University needs to work with international partners, particularly those involved in the field of the City. What needs to be put in place is a structure-building, high profile and attractive dynamic, individually taylored to suit each geographical area.
In terms of research activity, Université Gustave Eiffel is involved in the following international networks:
- Training networks, to promote mobility and distance learning,
- Research networks focusing on infrastructure, engineering structures and roads, transport, the city and data,
- Public policy support networks through its involvement in politically rooted research (OECD) supporting the Directorate for European and International Affairs at the Ministry for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition.
PIARC has existed since 1909, which coincided with the beginning of the automobile age. PIARC facilitates and promotes dialogue and knowledge sharing on road issues and problems, and has worldwide recognition with 122 member states. It has had consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations since 1970.
Université Gustave Eiffel is involved in the governance of the World Road Association and makes a major contribution to PIARC's output, mainly through its technical committees. The Strategic Plan 2016-2019 set up 18 technical committees and 3 study groups. Université Gustave Eiffel was involved in several technical committees and 1 study group, including:
- Road design and infrastructure for innovative transport solutions
- Coping Strategies / Resilience
Bernard Jacob (Vice-President for Research) from Université Gustave Eiffel is the contact for the Terminology Committee and the Goods Transport Committee.
Abdelmename Hedhli (COSYS department) from Université Gustave Eiffel is the contact for the automated vehicle study group.
Eric Dimnet (COSYS department) from Université Gustave Eiffel is the contact for the more sustainable infrastructure and transport committee.
Yasmina Boussafir (GERS department, Université Gustave Eiffel) is the contact for the earthworks committee.
The Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF) brings together 990 universities, grandes écoles, university networks and scientific research centres that use the French language in 118 countries. Founded nearly 60 years ago, it is one of the largest associations of higher education and research institutions in the world. It is also the organiser for higher education and research of the Francophonie Summit. In this capacity, it implements, within its field of competence, the resolutions adopted by the Conference of Heads of State and Government of countries sharing the French language.
Present in 40 countries, the AUF has a network of 59 local representations. Its central services are divided between Montreal and Paris (France). Ten regional directorates steer its actions on the ground in Central Africa and the Great Lakes, West Africa, the Americas, Asia-Pacific, the Caribbean, Central and Eastern Europe, Western Europe, the Maghreb, the Middle East and the Indian Ocean.
Seven administrative offices, 36 French-speaking digital campuses dedicated to digital technology and four institutes of the French-speaking world dedicated to training, research, consulting and expert appraisal complete this regional action system.
Amina Bécheur (Deputy Vice-President for International Affairs for the Maghreb zone) is Université Gustave Eiffel's representative.
CODATU, an association under the French law of 1901 with an international focus, was created as a result of the world conference on urban transport, held in Dakar in 1980. CODATU promotes sustainable urban mobility policies through training, facilitation and scientific, technical, economic and social exchanges regarding urban and peri-urban transport systems; it is founded on the exchange of experiences between developing countries and the countries with the longest industrial tradition.
Claude Marin-Lamellet (Deputy Vice-President for International Affairs) is the contact point for Université Gustave Eiffel.
ITF was set up in 2006, and, like its predecessor, the European Conference of Ministers of Transport (ECMT), is an intergovernmental organisation that is part of the OECD.
The founding members of the ITF include all OECD members, as well as many Central and Eastern European countries. ITF's annual plenary meetings provide an opportunity for Transport Ministers from member countries to exchange views on topics of global strategic importance concerning all modes of transport. The ITF membership is open to more countries than was the case with the ECMT in the past, and the Forum now has a global, rather than a purely European, scope.
- Secretariat: The ITF Secretariat is located on the OECD premises in Paris, France. It has been headed by the Secretary-General [erreur dans le français] , the Korean Young Tae KIM since May 2020.
- Presidency: the ITF has an annual rotating presidency; the president leads the Council of Ministers of Transport, the management board and plays a central role in the organisation of the annual summit. In 2019-20 the Presidency has been given to Ireland, with Morocco and the United Kingdom as Vice-Presidents.
- Council of Ministers of Transport (CMT): This council is ITF's highest decision-making body.
- Transport Management Board: defines the forum's directions and working topics; it is made up of representatives of the member states and meets twice a year; it is chaired by the country holding the presidency.
- Task Force: dedicated to the organisation of the annual summit (in May in Leipzig)
- Research and policy analysis: the Transport Research Centre organises the annual scientific summit and implements research projects adapted by the ITF under the supervision of the transport research committee.
Claude Marin-Lamellet (Deputy Vice-President for International Affairs) is the contact point for Université Gustave Eiffel.
La Mission Interuniversitaire de Coordination des Échanges Franco-Américains (MICEFA) is a consortium of universities in the Ile-de-France region, created in 1985 to promote scientific and cultural cooperation between France and English-speaking North America. There are 60 North American partners, most of them in the United States and some in English-speaking Canada. The exchanges are for one or two academic semesters.
Camille Dulor (Vice-President for International Affairs support team) is the point of contact for Université Gustave Eiffel.
RILEM, was created in France in 1947 and is active in 70 countries, promoting scientific cooperation in the fields of building materials and structures.
Université Gustave Eiffel is very much in tune with RILEM's objectives, and with its methodology based on rigour, scientific excellence and openness.
Université Gustave Eiffel has a strong presence in RILEM through its 40 individual members, 26 of whom are on technical committees. The individual members from Université Gustave Eiffel are present in 22 committees, with the largest numbers on TC 237 (Testing and characterization of sustainable innovative bituminous materials and systems) and TC 241 (Mechanisms of cracking and debonding in asphalt and composite pavements).
Nicolas Roussel (MAST department) of Université Gustave Eiffel is RILEM's Vice President.
The Transportation Research Board (TRB), an American body that reports to the National Academies and the National Research Council (NRC), has been in existence since 1920.
The Transportation Research Board (TRB) is one of six divisions of the National Research Council (NRC), which is itself administered by the three Academies. The TRB's mission is to contribute actively to innovation and progress in the field of multimodal transport through the exchange of experience and information, advice, research management and the dissemination of knowledge.
The TRB is managed by an Executive Committee and has five divisions:
- Technical Activities Division: leads and manages the TRB committees, and organises the conferences and symposia, including the TRB annual meeting.
- Cooperative Research Programs Division: manages all the collaborative research programmes (NCHRP, ACRP, TCRP, NCFRP, HMCRP, etc.).
- Strategic Highway Research Program 2: manages the SHRP2 project
- Consensus and Advisory Studies: manages the special research programmes (administration, policies...), the TRB databases (TRIS, RIP...) and the Synthesis and IDEA projects.
- Administration and Finance: ensures the administrative and financial monitoring of the TRB's activities.
The annual TRB congress attracts nearly 14,000 participants, with 5,000 presentations in 800 sessions and 200 exhibitors, and the regular participation of several senior officials from the European Commission's DG RTD and DG Move.
Claude Marin-Lamellet (Deputy Vice-President for International Affairs) is the contact point for Université Gustave Eiffel.
Committees Involving Université Gustave Eiffel Researchers
- Technical Activities Council
- International Cooperation (A0010)
- Policy and organisation
- Accessible transportation (ABE60)
- Women's Issues in Transportation (ABE70)
- Transportation in Developing Countries (ABE 90)
- Urban Transportation Data and information systems (ABJ30)
- Highway Traffic Monitoring (ABJ35)
- Travel Survey Methods Committee (ABJ40)
- Planning and the environment
- Traveler Behavior and Values (ADB10)
- Design and construction
- Pavement rehabilitation (AFD70)
- Steel Bridges (AFF20)
- Field Testing and Nondestructive Evaluation of transportation Structures (AFF40)
- Structural fiber reinforced polymers (AFF80)
- Operation and conservation
- Surface transportation weather (AH010)
- Vehicle-Highway Automation (AHB30)
- Traffic Flow theory and characteristics (AHB45)
- Safety and users
- Traffic law enforcement (ANB40)
- Simulation and measurement of vehicle and Operator performance (AND30)
- Visibility (AND40)
- Pedestrian Committee (ANF10)
- Motorcycle and Mopeds (ANF30)
- Freight and logistics
- Urban Freight Transportation (AT 025)
- Truck Size and Weight (AT055)