Scientific Environment

Since its creation, the LCE has worked closely with its social and economic environment. This link is visible through :

  • numerous research projects in collaboration with industry (4 FUI, 3 Eco-Industry, 4 CIFRE theses, 11 theses co-funded with industry),
  • the participation in competitive clusters that have approved LCE research projects (SAFE Cluster, Secure Communicating Solutions Cluster, Water Cluster, Optitec Cluster and MER-PACA Cluster),
  • the participation of one of the members of LCE in the labeling committee of the SAFE cluster,
  • the publication of patents,
  • the creation, in close collaboration with AirPACA, of a super site dedicated to the measurement of fine particles,
  • a partnership with local authorities in the "Etang de Berre" and "Golfe de Fos" industrial areas through an association  called "Ecocitoyen Institute for Knowledge of Pollution".

doctoral school

The lectureres, professors and researchers of LCE are all attached to the Doctoral School of Environmental Sciences (ED251) and more particularly to the specialty in "Environmental Chemistry". The director of LCE is a member of the Council of the Doctoral School of Environmental Sciences (ED251).

ED251The Doctoral School "Environmental Sciences" federates on the Aix-Marseille geographical area the potential of research and training in "exact" sciences concerned by the multidisciplinary field of the Environment. Most of the research teams related to the doctoral school are attached to the field of Sciences of the Universe. Other disciplines such as Chemistry, Life Sciences and Medicine, Engineering Sciences and Human Sciences also play an important role in the doctoral school. The field of the Environment requires the systematic crossing of traditional disciplines for the understanding of "global changes" of natural or anthropogenic origin and for the "sustainable management" of the resources and waste of human activity. Multidisciplinarity is at the heart of the project and the functioning of the Doctoral School and confers a unique status and originality in France. The main thematic areas concern Environmental Geosciences, Oceanography, Ecology, Environmental Chemistry, Process Engineering, Anthropology and links between Environment and Health.

competitive clusters

By participating in numerous collaborative projects, the LCE is strongly involved in the following competitiveness clusters:

Safe cluster

Safe cluster

SAFE Cluster is a recent created cluster focusing on global security. Its network includes customers and suppliers of security solutions. Born in December 2015, from the merging of Pegase and Risks clusters, SAFE Cluster reunites almost 600 affiliates, including: companies, and training and research organizations related to security, environment protection and aerospace sectors; together with insurance companies, banks, and, most important, customers (civil and cities security services, etc.). They all grant SAFE Cluster: 

  • The opportunity of developing new business models to boost companies’ competitiveness
  • A complete value chain that associates technology suppliers, integrators, and most important, existing and future clients of security solutions.



Aqua-ValleyThe Pôle EAU and the SWELIA and WSM clusters merge under the name of the Aqua-Valley competitive cluster. Aqua-Valley is a French Competitive Water Cluster, based in Montpellier and funded by the French governement and Regional authorities. Aqua-Valley is promoting partnerships through collaborative projects between businesses and academics to support innovation and international development in the water sector. Other partners may be part of this network such as public authorities and firms providing business services.


mediterranean sea cluster

Pôle MerThe Pôle Mer Méditerranée aims to promote sustainable development of the maritime and coastal economy in the Mediterranean, Europe and the rest of the world. 



Optitec cluster

OptitecAfter 13 years of existence, the OPTITEC Competitive Cluster is today a widely recognised photonics cluster and the driver of the photonics sector in the south of France. Bringing together highly innovative SMEs, major photonics-integrating industrial groups and leading academic partners, the Cluster has generated a strong dynamic of joint R&D projects and the development of new services and innovative products.