Research and innovation

IMT Lille Douai’s research and innovation activities ensure that the courses continually adapt to the rapid developments in engineering science and techniques.

Students are involved in the research laboratories throughout their studies. They acquire the foundations of innovation management on projects sponsored by companies and through the unrestricted use of the school’s FabLab. They can pursue their entrepreneurship project further with the incubator and benefit from a developed study programme for student entrepreneurs.

IMT Lille Douai students can supplement their knowledge through research training.


As part of its development and policy of collaboration with the business world, IMT Lille Douai oversees 4 industrial education and research chairs devoted to comprehensive themes with a rigorous scientific approach, with help from first-rate partners.


Industrial chair with 12 partners:

Named « ECOSED » for circular ECOnomy of SEDiments, this chair is to date the only one with this theme in France and aims to create a scientific, technological and dynamic partnership based on the management of harbour and riverbed sediment with a view to recycling it in road-building materials or concrete products.

One of the distinctive features of this chair is the multidisciplinary nature of the research conducted which combines material and environmental aspects (mechanics, physics, chemistry, etc.) and health (ecotoxology), and the consideration of socio-economic components (economics, geography, sociology and law). The chair’s other unique feature is its wide range of partners, including managing bodies of ports and canals, producers and users of materials for the construction and public works sector, design offices, etc.

Polymer and Composite Technology

Teaching chair with the French Plastics and Composites Federation

This chair endeavours to meet current industrial developments in the field of shaping and designing industrial parts in plastic and composite materials: development/functionalisation of materials, optimisation of the transformation and manufacturing processes (tooling and machines), design (digital modelling, simulation and virtualisation tools), automation, data acquisition and processing, inclusion of sustainable development (bio-based materials, recycling, eco-design), etc.

Road materials

Industrial chair with Eiffage Route

The distinctive feature of the Eiffage-IMT Lille Douai chair is that it combines expertise in the fields of mineral and organic constituents. Therefore, two IMT Lille Douai research departments – Civil and Environmental Engineering on the one hand and Polymer and Composite Technology & Mechanical Engineering on the other – will be involved in the chair.

The scientific know-how of both of these departments and their ability to work together guarantee Eiffage Route an innovative response to its challenges. The chair provides IMT Lille Douai and Eiffage with the opportunity to strengthen their synergies to meet present and future requirements in the civil engineering and road-building sectors.


Industrial chair with ARMINES, the Joint Association for Waste Disposal and Recycling (SYMEVAD), the European Metropolis of Lille (MEL) and the Alençon Higher Institute of Plastics (ISPA)

To cater for the needs of public sector players (agglomeration communities, urban communities and municipalities) and companies in the field of waste recycling, IMT Lille Douai played an active role in the creation of the ECOCIRNOV chair. The aim is to increase the recycling rate of household and industrial waste, as well as achieve higher added value in the use of some already recycled by-products.

The chair’s starting-point is the analysis of the waste streams collected in the regions covered by the MEL and the SYMEVAD. This will enable research into how to optimise them, both through methods of data analysis and through investigating new avenues for unrecycled portions. The second phase of the research programme will address setting up Local Recycling Units (LRU). An initial action of an industrial nature has also been undertaken, together with the ISPA, on the recycling of flame-retardant plastics.

Contact :

Emmanuel LEMELIN