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Research project: Innovative Synthesis, Culture and Entrepreneurship in Chemistry (ISCE-Chem)

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The ISCE-Chem project is a consortium of 8 institutions (CNRS, 2 engineering schools from Normandy and the Universities of Caen, Rouen, le Havre, Southampton and Norwich), which aims to enhance scientific knowledge in the field of molecular chemistry on both sides of the Channel. The ISCE-Chem partners offer a diploma of Excellence for Master’s students and Ph.D. training programmes in centred on synthetic chemistry.


The project budget amounts to 13.5 million Euros of which 6.5 million Euros comes from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) within the Interreg IV A France-England programme.

This European project is lead by Professor Thierry Lequeux (University of Caen) with the CNRS as lead partner. The Steering Committee is made up of 17 members from the different institutions namely: David Harrowven and Richard Brown (University of Southampton), Richard Stephenson (University of East Anglia), Jacques Maddaluno (University of Rouen), Vincent Dalla (University of le Havre), Jacques Rouden (ENSICAEN), Xavier Pannecoucke (INSA de Rouen), and Thierry Lequeux (University of Caen and CNRS). A Monitoring Committee follows the project implementation headed by the Joint Technical Secretariat (Managing Authority of the Interreg IV A programme).

The main objectives of the project are:

  • Convergence of scientific knowledge between the Anglo-French institutions in the areas of: clean chemistry, chemistry and health, and materials
  • Diploma of excellence in molecular chemistry for all European Master’s degree and Ph.D. students
  • Development and support of the scientific skills base in the Interreg area.

The project actions focus on the training of Research Master’s degree and PhD students, who work on collaborative projects between research groups in France and the UK. Important aspects of the postgraduate training programme include student and cultural exchanges, which are scheduled throughout the project. In addition, expertise is shared between the academic partners through conferences, summer schools and course exchanges.



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Funding body: INTERREG IIIC

Related research groups

Organic Chemistry: Synthesis, Catalysis and Flow
Chemical Biology, Diagnostics and Therapeutics
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