The LS2N depends on 4 tutelages : the CNRS (more precisely through its main link with the “Institut des Sciences de l’Information et de leurs Interactions” (INS2I), as well as with the Institut des Sciences de l’Ingénierie et des Systèmes (INSIS) and the “Institut des Sciences Biologiques” (INSB) ; reflecting an interdisciplinary activity), and the site’s supervisory bodies, which are the University of Nantes, Centrale Nantes, and IMT-Atlantique, institution of the COMUE Université Bretagne-Loire (UBL). Inria is a partner of the LS2N through several joined teams projects.
The LS2N, in January 2017, includes the activities of approximately 430 people with 205 permanent staff: 19 researchers (16 CNRS, 3 INRIA), 158 teacher-researchers (including 103 from the University of Nantes (UN), 29 from the IMT Atlantic (IMT-A), 27 from Centrale Nantes, and 28 engineers, technicians and administrators (12 CNRS, 6 ECN, 4 IMT-A, 5 UN, 1 INRA). It also hosts about 170 doctoral students and 60 engineers or contractual post-doctoral fellows.
The laboratory is located on 5 sites in Nantes metropolitan area:
– Centrale Nantes (CN) campus (70 permanent staff),
– The campus of the Faculty of Sciences (FST) (53 permanent),
– The ITM Atlantique Campus (ITM-A) (38 permanent staff),
– The Polytechnic School (Polytech) campus (30 permanent staff),
– The campus of the University Institute of Technology (IUT) (14 permanent staff).
A laboratory of more than 200 researchers and teacher-researchers, with teams of reasonable size and an average of less than 10 permanent members, contains more than 20 teams.
A clustering by major scientific fields becomes necessary to:
– display in a structured way the activity and skills (or “colors”) of the laboratory,
– facilitate interactions and cooperations between teams with related scientific objects,
– coordinate the platforms (hardware and software) associated with the theme,
– facilitate scientific animations and foresight,
– bring together teaching teams in charge of master’s courses,
– organize its evaluation.
The challenges of socio-economic development both in France and in our territory, within the framework of reflections led by local authorities or different bodies, have led to the emergence of a forward-looking plan for the socio-economic development of regional territories. This scheme has made it possible to create specific fields or thematic specializations associated with existing or potential scientific, industrial and/or economic know-how. This “intelligent specialization” aims to maintain and develop a fertile ground for the emergence of major collective projects. In the Loire region, six main themes have been selected, namely: Maritime industries and new energies, Advanced production technologies, Food and bio-resources, Tomorrow’s therapies and health, Computer science and professional electronics, Design and cultural and creative industries.
The transversal themes of the laboratory are the result of the scientific reflections of the members of the laboratory based on their current work, the international exchanges already engaged, the analyses of various and varied prospective studies…, but also the feelings and/or desires of each other. And finally, the five transversal themes proposed by the laboratory are perfectly in line with the regional, national and European strategy for the coming decades. These transversal themes make it possible to cultivate interdisciplinarity and to contribute to certain societal challenges.
Beyond the projects of excellence that are conducted, it is particularly at the intersection of the poles and transversal themes that the laboratory’s strengths and originality are displayed.