Federative research structures

Research at the University of Reunion is structured into three thematic axes which bring together university research units and major research organizations:

Observatory of Indian Ocean Societies – OSOI-FED4127

  • Subject of study : Knowledge of Indian-oceanic societies 
  • Composition :  Six research units in the sector Letters and Human Sciences and the sector Law and Economy- Management
  • Research themes: Territories and mobility; risks and development; powers and networks
  • Goal : Establish a Human and Social Sciences observatory on Indian-oceanic societies, which would make it possible to promote and disseminate research findings in the field, as well as trace the transformations of these societies and their intra/extra-territorial links.

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Observatory of natural environments and global changes – OMNCG – FED4128

  • Subject of study: Observation, dynamics and evolution of natural environments
  • Composition :  The research units in the Sciences and Technologies sector are associated with CIRAD, CNRS, the Paris Institute of Globe Physics, IRD, and Météo France as well as existing structures such as OSU or the SEAS station. -OI.
  • Research themes: Global change and impact on the natural environment; natural hazards; tools and new technologies
  • Objectives: Strengthen the capacities for observation and analysis of natural environments, develop technological, IT and mathematical tools for environmental studies, in order to be able to better inform public authorities.

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BioSafety in a Tropical Environment – ​​BioST – FED4126

  • Subject of study: Biosecurity in tropical environments.
  • Composition :   9 research units in the Sciences and Technologies sector (UMR DETROI, UMR DSIMB, UMR ENTROPIE, UMR ESPACE DEV, LCSNSA, UMR PIMIT, UMR PVBMT, UMR QALISUD and CEPOI) associated with research organizations such as CNRS, IRD, CIRAD.
  • Research themes: The BioST Initiative is structured around three strategic axes supported by engineering, observation and conservation tools that the territory already has:
    – Biosecurity for human, animal and plant health (improvement of control and monitoring activities
    crisis prevention, development of innovative therapies for infectious diseases and chronic metabolic diseases),
    – Biosecurity for biodiversity in tropical island areas (identifying the ecological processes at work that could constitute threats to biodiversity),
    – Biosecurity for sustainable agri-food production and processing (give regional food security priority). On the scale of the SWIO (South Western Indian Ocean) zone, guarantee the quality and safety of food and diversify tropical food production, relying on traditional practices (reengineering and innovation).
    Goal : The BioST Initiative aims to optimize the potential for innovation which is most often realized at disciplinary interfaces by bringing together scientists from distinct fields (health, agronomy, agri-food, human and social sciences). and socio-economic partners invited to interact through the prism of biosecurity. To achieve this objective, three challenges must be met:
    – Maintain scientific excellence for all research teams associated with the project by strengthening their integration into European and international research networks, in particular through active participation in H2020 projects;
    – Develop an international campus in order to promote the integration of students from the south-west Indian Ocean zone into scientific and technological sectors of excellence while improving their well-being;
    – Promote the culture of innovation and entrepreneurial development in order to generate value and employment for sustainable development of the southwest Indian Ocean zone.
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