Energy and environment challenges: Petroleomic / Mechanics and Physics in porous Media

The summer scholl Energy and environment will take place in Pau from 1st July to 26th July


Welcome date in Paris: Monday 1st July

Starting date of the classes: Tuesday 2nd July


Short presentation of the University 


The Université de Pau et des Pays de l’Adour (UPPA) is a multi-disciplinary university. The 13 500 students (among which 10% from abroad) are present at two main locations: Pau and the Basque Coast. UPPA’s geographical context, bordering Spain adds a specific European dimension that generates strong potential for intensive international collaborations in terms of research, training and student life campus.


In terms of educational programmes, the university covers three major “sectors”: Law, Economics & Management; Literature, Languages, Humanities; Social Sciences and Sport; Science & Technology (ST). UPPA proposes 28 Master’s degree courses with 48 specialties. At the undergraduate level, UPPA is now labelled “Nouveau Cursus Universitaire” (NCU) with a project aiming to strengthen internationalization of trainings and better meet the needs of the socio-economic world.


UPPA is a laureate in the French Excellence Initiative ‘I-SITE’ with its “Energy Environment Solutions” (E2S) project and now ranks among 18 nationally recognized French universities. Since 2012, one of our strategic research field is awarded by French Ministry of Higher Education and Research as Equipex project MARSS (MAss spectrometry center for Reactivity and Speciation Sciences). 


Twenty six research units are present on the site and ten laboratories are associated with the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), the National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) and the National Research Institute in Computer Science and Automation(Inria).The national council for evaluation of research and higher education (HCERES) has evaluated these laboratories in 2015 and for most of them very good, excellent and exceptional levels have been underlined. 


With such a background, the summer school “Energy and Environment Challenges”, will mobilize competences and experiences of

- faculty members and high level equipment in the UPPA’s areas of excellence,

- a doctoral school recognized as “outstanding” by the French evaluation committee (HCERES) and certified ISO 9001 since 2014 (, 

- experts in teaching French as a foreign language with the French studies Institute for Foreign Students (,

- partnership with companies’ R&D departments when required. 

The university International office will sort out the practical aspects of the school ( 




The students should arrive on Monday 1st July 2019.

They are expected to get their plane ticket from China to the Pau-Uzein airport via Paris.

At Paris Charles De Gaulle, they will be met by a UPPA member who will travel with them to Pau. They won’t be left alone until they are in their room. 

Courses will start on Tuesday 2nd of July 2019



Accommodation will be provided thanks to a very close partnership with the university housing office (CLOUS). Student residences are very close to the campus (5 minute walk). In the residences students will get an individual dorm room with a small private bathroom. They will have access to shared kitchens on each floor. 



Students can have breakfast in their rooms (cooking plate and microwaves available in the shared kitchen).

They will have lunch and dinner at the university restaurant or in private restaurants located near by the university.



Classrooms, university residences and a commercial mall are very close to the campus. Students can go everywhere just walking.

They can take a bus to go downtown (a bus pass will be provided to the participants). 



End of the school: Friday 26 July 2019 




The classes : 

Two main themes will be proposed in parallel to the students so that they could attend the topic they are the most interested in:

Theme A: Mechanics and Physics in Porous Media

Theme B: Thermodynamics and Chemistry of Oil and Biofuels Matrices

During the first week, the themes will be introduced to all the students through seminars dedicated to the main UPPA research fields. 

Then, during weeks 2 and 3, each of the two themes will be approached through 6 sessions of courses (duration: 2H30 a.m.) and 6 work sessions in laboratories (duration: 2H30 p.m.). During the sessions in laboratories students will build a pre-project of research they will have to defend on Wednesday 24th July.

Intensive french courses will be provided during the first week, and then 2-4h per week during the rest of the school.

Visit of local compagnies and cultural places will be organized throughout the duration of the school.


Level: Master/Doctorate




Supervised research projects, practical exercises, scientific visits (private companies located around Pau)





Hours: 24-30 h + 2 hour final assessment

Location : Institut d’Etudes Françaises pour Etudiants Etrangers (on campus).

Modalities: The students will attend intensive french courses during the first week and then 2-4 hours per week 

They will also have access to pedagogical online resources.

A certificate will be delivered after the final assessment.



-City of Pau

-"Tour de France » departure from Pau July 19th

-Pic du midi de Bigorre

-Artouste's train

-Aspe Valley geological visit

-Basque Coast visit



NAME OF THE SCHOOL: Energy and environment challenges: Petroleomic / Mechanics and Physics in porous Media

Welcome date

From 1st July to 26th July 2019 

The total number of places is limited to 20.

The price does not include the trip from China to Pau. 

Accommodation, meals and local transportation are all included (unless specified otherwise)

The summer school is open to MASTER/PhD students.

 To apply, please follow the application procedure described on the main page