The University of Limoges


The University of Limoges is one of the newest in France, which undoubtedly explains its dynamic and innovative spirit. Through the great diversity of its departments and programs (law, economics, humanities, social sciences, science, technology, medicine, pharmacology, IUT, IUFM, IAE, ENSIL, IPAG) it has thus become a center of excellence in higher education and training.

Its research work has been organized into thematic Institutes over the last few years. This organization, along with the pooling of resources it facilitates, has allowed the University to acquire significant facilities and to set up shared departments and technological platforms.

Co-ordinated by the scientific council and driven by the impetus of its research institutes, the University is finalizing a number of large-scale projects for the future. With the support of the Region and the State-Region plan contract, a number of ambitious schemes are helping to consolidate internationally recognized skills (European Ceramics Centre, Information and Telecommunication Sciences and Technologies, Genomics, etc.) By allowing laboratories to be grouped together into centers of excellence, these operations also reflect the Institutes┬┤ interdisciplinary nature and enormous federative capacity.

The GEIST Institute


The GEIST Institute was created under the will of the Limoges University and its various partners in Health Sciences: CNRS, INRA, INSERM and the University Hospital, all wishing to set up common technical facilities and to reinforce the links between basic research and clinical research. This Institute thus gathers all the laboratories working in the field of Health Sciences and Environment in Limoges and it favours collaborative projects. This Institute is bringing potent technical equipments serving the research themes for which the teams are internationally recognized, and it is also encouraging the development of new pluridisciplinary projects for which the various laboratories may display synergic expertise.

With 25 permanent researchers in various fields of expertise (chemistry, geology, process engineering, microbiology, and vegetal physiology) and more than 20 PhD students the GRESE Department, Research Group on Water, Soils and the Environment, integrate scientific and technical skills in the field of water quality, soil pollution and waste treatment.

Its program of research is centered work on:

  • The mobility of metal elements in various compartments of the environment
  • The water and solid waste treatments.With a common program of research centered on the mobility of metal elements.
  • In various compartments of the environment: water; soils; sediments; plants and algae; solid wastes; microorganisms ...
  • In various systems: wastewater treatment plant, landfill, river, lake, old industrial sites ...
  • With various components: organic mater, metals and metalloids, xeonobiotics, and drugs

It is in this last topic that the Grease department is involved in the PILLS Research Program

Web site:

Click here to view the map