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       Scientific strategy
       Scien  tific s tr at egy

       Establishing a continuum

       between research,

       industry and expertise

       — Philippe Freyssinet, Director, Strategy and Research
       — Philippe Papay, Director, Development

       Responding more effectively to socio-economic challenges involving
       the surface and subsurface while ensuring better continuity between

       research, expertise and innovation among public authorities and
       businesses: these are the main challenges that BRGM has set for itself

       with its new scientific strategy, deployed as of 2019.

       BRGM’s new scientific strategy, with its six key objectives,   sures of abstraction for human consumption and climate
       aims to ensure both visibility and a clear understanding of its   change, which is significantly disrupting recharge parame-
       geoscience research activities. It is organised into key fields   ters. Increasingly efficient monitoring tools are needed to
       of application and cross-cutting missions.        predict changing qualitative and quantitative trends in water
       Our cross-cutting missions                        • The circular economy is steadily becoming established
       Our main objective as a national geological survey organisation   in France and Europe. BRGM is one of the few institutions
       is to acquire geological information. This information needs   capable of covering the entire field of research and innovation
       to be constantly updated to keep pace with new observations   concerning the availability of primary mineral resources in
       and improvements in technologies and scientific concepts.  relation to their life cycle.
          Managing and processing surface and subsurface data   • Finally, the energy transition is set to profoundly change our
       have become a key issue for any geological survey organisation.   energy systems with more decentralised modes of production,
       Because most BRGM data are acquired with public funding, it   in which the subsurface can become a significant component.
       is essential to disseminate them more widely, in accordance   In this context, the development of geothermal energy and
       with open science policies in France and Europe.  underground storage of energy or CO2 are technologies with
                                                         high economic and innovation potential.
       Our main fields of application                       This  new  scientific  strategy  is  organised  into  eight
       In addition to these cross-cutting missions, BRGM’s activities   programmes. Above all, it is firmly anchored in close rela-
       are mainly focused on four main fields of application:  tionships between research, industry and expertise for
       • Regional risks and spatial planning require the management   the public sphere. This is because the subsurface and its
       of natural risks and regional vulnerabilities as well as moni-  resources demand a framework in which public policies
       toring and assessing risks arising from former industrial and   often provide the stimulus for innovation and a better
       mining activities, with a view to contributing to sustainable   understanding of the natural processes affecting the surface
       and optimised regional development.               and subsurface. The combination of research, industry and
       • Groundwater management is becoming a crucial issue   expertise offers fertile ground for innovation within a new
       because water tables are increasingly subject to the twin pres-  creative ecosystem.

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