BRGM has become a key player in geoscience training
September 2019 was BRGM Campus’s tenth year of existence. Since 2010, student numbers have grown steadily to reach the target of 300 students enrolled in a range of courses, to which BRGM contributes in mainland France and the French overseas territories. This represents 1,300 hours of teaching at undergraduate and graduate level in partnership with about ten higher education institutions such as the Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée University for the site decontamination technician’s vocational degree and, since 2019, with the École Polytechnique for the Ecotechnologies for Sustainability and Environment Management (ECOSEM) master’s degree.
In line with the strategy for BRGM’s site in Orléans, BRGM Campus participates in three master’s courses implemented by the Observatory for Space Science (OSUC) in the Centre-Val de Loire region in partnership with the Orléans University: Environmental Geochemistry and Geomatics (Geo2Env), Georesources, Geomaterials and Geodynamics (G3), Chemistry, Pollution, Risks and the Environment (CPRE). "Students are taught on our site, which is close to the university," says Johann Tuduri, the Head of BRGM Campus. "This means they have access to BRGM facilities and can discuss their work and projects with the staff."
Teaching underpinned by BRGM’s science strategy
Teaching focuses on both theory and practice, with BRGM engineers passing on their knowledge and expertise in the institution’s core domains: geology, numerical modelling, contaminated land and sites, mineral exploration and project management. "We are working on developing new training courses for which we will continue to establish partnerships with leading higher education establishments, on our other science themes, in particular geodata, so that we can support the digital transition in geoscience over the next decade," says Johann Tuduri.
These themes are also now being increasingly picked for the theses BRGM supervises in conjunction with other institutions. Although many theses still tackle geological issues, notably in connection with the projects under the French Geological Reference Platform in the Alps and Paris Basin, the 2019 call for projects selected theses with subjects related to digital data and services, groundwater resources, and natural and human-induced risks. "Since 2019, doctoral students have been fully in tune with our science strategy," says Marie-Christine Dictor, the Head of BRGM's PhD programme. "We invite them to participate in the prospective programme seminars we host, to present the subject, results and potential applications of their theses, depending on the progress of their work."