Sustainable Development in Bordeaux Metropole

The 2018 Summer School "Sustainable Development in Bordeaux Metropole" will take place at Bordeaux Institute of Technology, June 22nd through 13th, 2018.


Bordeaux INP

Bordeaux Institute of Technology (Bordeaux INP) includes 7 Graduate Schools of Engineering. It offers 17 engineering training courses (master’s level) to 2 900 students and prepares them to meet the scientific and technical challenges of today and tomorrow. Classes are taught by 180 faculty members affiliated with 10 renowned laboratories (Chemistry - Physics - Biology - Nano Objects - Condensed Matter - Mathematics- Material & System Integration - Mechanics - Molecular Sciences - Oenology – IT Research - Polymer - Health Protein Biotechnologies - Nutrition – Neurosciences - Human Factor - Environment - Geological Resources).

Deeply involved in the economic life of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region, Bordeaux INP collaborates closely with local companies and fosters student creation of their own start-ups.



Arrival in Charles de Gaulle

A welcome will be organized at Charles De Gaulle Airport in Paris on June the 22nd in the afternoom. The staff in charge of the welcome will travel back from Paris to Bordeaux with the students (flight or train).

The students will be driven to the airport of Bordeaux the day of departure (Friday the 13th or Saturday the 14th).

Note that from 18th to 23rd june, The Bordeaux Wine Festival's hosting of the Tall Ships Regatta is organized by Bordeaux Grands Événements and Bordeaux Métropole, in partnership with the

CIVB, Sail Training International and the Amis des Grands Voiliers, with the support of the City of Bordeaux and the Bordeaux Métrople Tourist Office, and the Major Partners of Bordeaux Grands Événements Club. This information may be given to the students. We won’t organize any welcome in Paris for students who would arrive earlier for the festival. However, we may welcome them at the airport in Bordeaux.




Accommodation : individual rooms will be booked by BxINP at CROUS (rooms are near Bordeaux INP, walking distance). Students can also book their own accommodation (air B&B).

Meals : the registration fees include the noon meals (hot mid-day meal at CROUS Restaurant) or mid-day lunch box (if visits). Vegan food can be provided under request. We will organize a light snack with tea in the afternoon and in the morning. Two diners will be organized. The first evening, students will be invited to a “wine & cheese” event where our French and international (including Chinese) students will also present. A “farewell” diner in the city will be organized.

Transport: students will be given tram/buses tickets for the three weeks.



In a nutschell …

This 3 weeks-program is designed to provide new knowledge and insights in sustainable development. During the session, students learn in a variety of ways with an interdisciplinary program that offers:

french classes every morning

classes that cover the main challenges in sustainable development

guest lectures on certain aspects of research areas in the field

visits of reseach laboratories, private companies as well as museum and vineyards.



In the face of the challenge posed by climate change, environmental protection is vital for the development of the Nouvelle Aquitaine region's appeal and competitiveness. All actors on the territory have been working in several directions: increase high-speed Internet connections; cut regional greenhouse gas emissions; increase the contribution of renewable energy sources to energy production; improve the quality of water. Bordeaux metropole has also an experience in democracy and civic participation and is seeking input from residents of the region through the Council of Sustainable Development of Bordeaux Metropole. Since 2010, the UNESCO chair "Education, training and research for sustainable development" is based in Bordeaux-INP and hosted by ENSEGID.

The program of the Summer school is organized by Bordeaux INP. Instructors and guest lecturers are scientific experts as well as professors/associate professors. They come from the different graduate schools from Bordeaux INP (ENSCBP, ENSEIRB-MATMECA, ENSC, ENSEGID, ENSGTI, IsaBTP), and from our partner Bordeaux Sciences Agro. We acknowledge the valuable contribution of experts from Bordeaux Metropole who will show how the city has implemented a series of initiatives to become greener and provide a better quality of life for all its citizens.

Training in sustainable development and societal responsibility has been developed for a long time in our engineering schools. Georessources management (water circular economy) and Energy transition (eco-construction / eco-processes) are two of our four societal issues chosen for our research policy.

French Classes every morning /2 first weeks

Themes to be explored (conferences)

Sustainable development, participatory democracy and public participation in decision-making: the Council for Sustainable Development (C2D) of Bordeaux Metropole – Transportation – the future of communication – domestic wastes – remote sensing data and forest monitoring – management of groundwater resources – forest and climate change – energy production, storage and conversion – renewable energy and organic solar cells – life cycle assessment – electric consumption and human behaviors at home – eco-construction - food and wastes.


Metropolitan Bordeaux ; Veolia Final Wastes Storage Centre ; Bordeaux wine estates ; Wine museum (; culinary worshop ; Arcachon bay and Pyla’sDune; Saint Emilion.

Research activities in Labs with our experts (last week)




The program created last year is enclosed as a PDF file here. Its content in 2018 will be approximately the same for the two first weeks. An additional conference will be given on eco-construction (Prof. Bruno BECKERS). A full day will be also spent at Bordeaux Metropole to exchange with their experts.

Note that we will organize a free afternoom every week so that the students can have free time.





Welcome by a professor every morning

A staff present for lunch time

Staff present for visits


Weeks 1 & 2 : 9 am-5 pm for 5 days

French lectures will take place every morning (5 h/week).

Conferences will be given in the rest of the day (12 h/week) : time will be devoted to exchange/questions with the professors at the end of each conference.

Visits will usually take place in the afternoom. Some full day visits will also be organized (for example Veolia/wine estate; Arcachon/Pyla’s dune).

Last day: final world café

Weeks 3: 9 am-4 pm for 5 days.

presentation of the research activities carried out in the 10 research labs affiliated to BxINP. Meeting in short groups with researchers. Visits in research labs and work with pHD/master students.



Bordeaux, a city renowned for many good things: listed as part of the UNESCO World Heritage list, described as «an outstanding urban and architectural ensemble”, classified as «City of Art and History” and last but not least, the wine capital of the world! Home to over 360 historical monuments, Bordeaux is capital of the region Aquitaine in south-west France, where over 10,000 wine-producing châteaux are situated. It is the largest region in France and thanks to its advantageous location and mild climate, Aquitaine is renowned for its high quality of life. Less than an hour away lie the sunny beaches of the Atlantic coast and the rolling landscapes of the region’s famous vineyards. Further south the historic and cultural treasures of the Pays Basque and the Pyrenees may be discovered. Alongside the program we also offer exciting social activities which will show you the highlights of student life in Bordeaux. By its exceptional geography, historic heritage and the worldwide reputation of its wines, our city embodies a timeless way of life. The city was recently elected best European destination. We hope you will enjoy the city, its emblematic buildings as well as our brand new Bordeaux-based wine museum and cultural center known as La Cité du Vin which recently opened its doors.




Dates: June 25th - July 13th, 2018.

Language: classes are conducted in English.

Location: classes and guest lectures take place at ENSEIRB MATMECA (BxINP).

Participant profile: the course is designed for Master students. The two weeks summer school is opened to all partners from BxINP.






Sustainable development in Bordeaux Metropole

From June 25th to July 13th 2018 in Bordeaux Institute of Technology

The total number of places is limited to 12.

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

Accommodation, meals and local transportation are all included except dinners.

The summer school will deliver 3 ECTS

The summer school is reserved to Chinese master students.

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

Price: 20.000 CNY

The French Embassy reserves a limited number of grants to students with an exceptional academic background. Grants cover the tuition fees but do not cover the trip from China to Paris.