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.


The research conducted at IMT Lille Douai is attached to a network of industrial and academic partners, in particular with ARMINES and 2 Carnot institutes (MINES and TSN), and all of the IMT schools. It contributes to the development of the activities conducted by the University of Lille, involving the school’s researchers (CRIStAL, IEMN, PhLAM, CLERSÉ, LEM).

Our partners

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The reason ARMINES, a non-profit making organisation founded under the law of 1901, was created in 1967 was to develop research partnerships in conjunction with the graduate schools of engineering.

ARMINES was the first research partnership structure in France, with almost 600 members of staff. It contributes to the development of joint research centres with the Mines schools and other partner schools by providing human, physical and intangible resources.

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The M.I.N.E.S Carnot institute puts research partnerships for innovation for businesses and local authorities at the heart of its strategy.

It brings together the joint research teams of the Mines institutions and Armines, plus the laboratories of the Polytechnic School and ENSTA ParisTech. It has a common operator, Armines, for contract management and the implementation of its intellectual property strategy.

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Accredited with the Carnot label since 2006, the Télécom & Société numérique Carnot Institute is the first “Science and information and communication technologies” Carnot institute of national scope.

With more than 2,000 researchers, the TSN Carnot Institute focuses on the technical, economic and social implications of the digital transition, notably on the problems of communicating objects, networks and media of the future, uses and services, autonomy and human health, the environment and security.

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CRIStAL was created on 1st January 2015 under the control of the CNRS, Lille 1 University and Centrale Lille in partnership with Lille 3 University, Inria and the Institut Mines-Telecom. CRIStAL is a member of the IRCICA – USR CNRS 3380 interdisciplinary research institute (
CRIStAL’s research activities involve topics related to major prevailing scientific and social requirements such as Big Data, software, image and its uses, human-computer interaction, robotics, control and supervision of large systems, intelligent vehicle systems, bio-informatics, etc., with applications in retail, healthcare technologies and smart grids.


The IEMN brings together in a unique structure most of the regional research in a wide scientific field from nanosciences to instrumentation.

The core of its activities is centred on micro- and nano-technology and its applications in the fields of information, communication, transport and health. Outstanding experimental resources are available to researchers, in particular technology and characterisation platforms offering possibilities and performance at the top European level.

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The Physics of Lasers, Atoms and Molecules (PhLAM) laboratory is a joint research unit under the dual control of the CNRS and the University of Lille 1.

PhLAM laboratory research activities are in fields related to the interaction of light with matter.

These activities are predominantly experimental and require ongoing support in terms of modelling in order to develop. The primary interest of this research is fundamental physics, but with a constant concern not to overlook the applications.

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The Lille Centre for Studies and Research in Sociology and Economics (Clersé) is a joint research unit of the Lille 1 Science and Technology University and the CNRS (Umr 8019).

Clersé has long been linked with sociology and labour economics. So it has been a multidisciplinary laboratory since it was created. This ambition reflects an original scientific stance. This approach has allowed the Clersé to create strong ties with the Centre for Study and Research on Qualifications (Céreq) and to be instrumental in establishing a regional Céreq site at the University of Lille 1.

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The LEM is a CNRS Joint Research Unit (9221). It emanates from the merger of two laboratories: UMR 8179 and the Host Research Team EQUIPPE.

UMR 8179 was an economics/management laboratory bringing together researchers and teacher-researchers from the Catholic University of Lille (Faculty of Management, Economics and Science), the Iéseg School of Management, the IAE de Lille business school and the University of Artois. EQUIPPE was an economics laboratory with 56 teacher-researchers including ten or so statisticians.

The current joint UMR has been in place since 1st January 2015. The LEM has over 150 teacher-researchers, about a hundred PhD students and about ten research support staff.

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Railenium, the Institute for Technological Research (IRT) for the railway sector, brings together the skills and resources from nine research centres, eighteen companies in the railway sector and two network operators. Funded by public and private resources with a view to co-investment, Railenium serves an entire sector and its areas of focus are controlled by this sector’s needs.

Railenium aims to improve the performance of the railway systems and the trains of tomorrow and to enhance the competitiveness of the railway sector and its industry through innovation on an international scale.

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The CaPPA Laboratory of Excellence – Physics and Chemistry of the Atmospheric Environment – focuses on the « aerosol » system and its precursors to better understand their role in climate forcing and the hydrological cycle, and secondly, changes in air quality at global, regional and local scales, with specific studies on radionuclides.

The project aims to make the Hauts-de-France region a centre of excellence in research and education. Thanks to the comprehensive expertise of its 7 research teams (LOA, PC2A, PhLAM, SAGE, LPCA, ICARE and LASIR), the labex is a highly enabling environment for metrological innovation in the field of atmospheric environment, thereby effectively contributing to the regional and national socio-economic activity.

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The LGCgE is a multidisciplinary research laboratory in the Hauts-de-France Region which brings together teams of researchers from several institutions in the ComUE Lille Nord de France. Research and valorisation activities are performed by almost 180 people, including 68 teacher-researchers and researchers, 27 technical and administrative members of staff and 81 PhD students.

The laboratory offers multidisciplinary research for responding to the challenges of sustainable construction, planning and ecology. It therefore responds to the problems posed by construction, sustainable development planning, the safety of works and infrastructure, rational energy management, the protection of natural resources (especially water resources), the management of contaminated sites and biodiversity.


IFMAS (French Institute of Agrobased Materials) is a private R&D company created in 2012, an expert in bio-based chemistry and high performance bio-based materials.

The company is based on a public-private partnership which brings together both academic and industrial partners, representing genuine added value.

IFMAS is a French « Institute for Energy Transition » (ITE) under the Investment for the Future Programme(PIA). As such, it receives a grant from the French National Research Agency (ANR).

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The French Plastics & Composites Federation represents the plastics transformation sector (design and manufacturing of plastic products).

It brings together and represents 3,550 companies, that is 130,000 mainly SME employees, and defines the branch’s professional policy.

The Plastics Federation is a member of the EuPC (European Confederation of Plastic Converters), the GFI (Industrial Federations Group), the MEDEF (Movement of French Enterprises) and the CGPME (General Confederation of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises).


Appointed by the Ministry for the Environment, the Central Air Quality Monitoring Laboratory (LCSQA) is the body in charge of the technical coordination of the air quality monitoring system in France.

The LCSQA is the result of a strong collaboration between three partners from complementary sectors for providing such coordination: INERISthe French National Laboratory for Metrology and Testing (LNE) and IMT Lille Douai. The LCSQA is set up as a French Scientific Interest Group (GIS), thereby enabling its three members to confirm the relevance of this way of operating, both responsive and adaptable to needs, without specific overheads.

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The research activities of the PC2A laboratory are performed by around sixty people in three research teams: Physicochemistry of Combustion, Physicochemistry of the Atmosphere and Nuclear Safety. This research focuses on laser diagnostics and chemical mechanisms in flames and clean processes, combustion in engines, homogeneous and heterogeneous reactivity in the atmosphere, theoretical chemistry and air quality.

Since 2009, the PC2A has been affiliated and under contract with the Directorate for the Prevention of Major Accidents as part of an IRSN/CNRS/Lille 1 Joint Research Laboratory. At Lille 1, the PC2A is part of the Institute of Multidisciplinary Research in Environmental Sciences (IRePSE).