Digital and Environment Programme

Changed on 28/11/2023

The Digital and Environment Programme is based on four pillars: digital for the environment, eco-responsible digital, scientific mediation, and the environmental impact of our organisation, our way of working and conducting research.

Espace immersif Gouraud-Phong, plate-forme mutualisée spécialisée dans la réalité virtuelle.
© Inria / Photo L. Jacq


Associated national strategy: Eco-responsible digital, Agroecology, decarbonisation industry/mobility/agriculture

National coordinator of Digital and Environment Programme: Jacques Sainte-Marie

Structural public funding:

  • PEPR Future of agroecology
  • So.Num project (Digital Sobriety – with ADEME and EcoInfo) on the development of educational content for training/awareness raising on digital sobriety and eco-design
  • Possibly: PEPR Digital eco-responsible (under arbitration)

One of the main challenges of our Digital and Environment Programme is to learn to work in a more constrained world, with limited resources. A world where we will have to build things that are much more sustainable, more recyclable and resilient. And digital technology must play a part in this. We are not just talking about optimisation. We need deep changes in upstream design, including fundamental computing, to build an eco-responsible and resilient world. This considerably shifts the focus of our research activities and forces us to ask ourselves new questions: what digital tools and services?


Jacques Sainte-Marie


National coordinator of Digital and Environment Programme

Preferred national partner organisations: INRAE, IFPEN, CNRS, CEA, ADEME, AgroParisTech, IRD

Preferred partner universities: Bordeaux, Montpellier, Rennes, Paris-Saclay, Côte d’Azur, Grenoble Alpes, Cergy

Large-scale projects in support of public policies:

  • Framework agreement with ADEME
  • Framework agreement with INRAE
  • Framework agreement with IFPEN
  • Framework agreement with BRGM
  • Partnership with IFREMER (joint project team ODYSSEY)
  • Joint Inria "Road-AI" challenge with CEREMA, on the use of AI for asset management of road infrastructures
  • Joint project with IGN on the "digital twin of France" (under construction)
  • Mobility Data Hub (being set up with IFPEN and CEREMA)

Major industrial infrastructures:

Major industrial partnerships:

  • EDF (joint project team)
  • Total (joint project team)
  • OVHCloud (joint Inria challenge) and Qarnot Computing (joint Inria challenge)
  • EONA-X (Amadeus, Air France-KLM, SNCF...) - data space for sustainable mobility in the framework of GAIA-X

European dimension:

  • Operational oceanography project with ECMWF (COPERNICUS programme)
  • TEF (Testing and Experimental Facilities) project on agricultural robotics
  • ERC Synergy STUOD (Stochastic ocean dynamics)
  • ERC GATIPOR (Numerical simulation of flows in porous media)

International dimension:

  • Inria OceanAI Challenge (Inria Chile, Tara Océan) – Artificial intelligence, data and models to understand ocean dynamics and climate change impacts
  • Associated team CONCAUST (University of California) – Ecosystem Trajectory – COMCAUSA)

Training actions:

Listen to the podcast episode on the environment (in French)

Bannière podcast Monde numérique Jacques Sainte-Marie
Source: Monde Numérique
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