Research laboratoriesUniversité Bretagne Sud manages 14 laboratories, six of which are recognised and supported by the CNRS (French National Centre for Scientific Research). More than 250 lecturer-researchers and 200 doctoral students work out of these laboratories.

The 'Materials & Energy' Research and Innovation Centre

Dupuy de Lôme Research Institute - IRDL UMR 6027

Expertise: Engineering of materials and systems used in industrial sectors related to automotive, energy, aeronautics, health, transport and more particularly all fields in dynamic interaction with the marine environment, such as shipbuilding and offshore, and marine energy.


The 'Humans, Sea & Coastline' Research and Innovation Centre

Marine Biotechnology and Chemistry Laboratory - LBCM

Expertise: Marine biofilms, tools for studying biofilms: chemical and biological tools and imaging.




Ocean Geosciences Laboratory - LGO
Expertise: Marine and coastal sedimentology, sedimentary morphodynamics, dynamic geomorphology, micro-organisms and biodiversity, geochemistry, hydrodynamics, ICZM, variable time scales from event to long-term evolution, coastal instrumentation.

'Digital' Research and Innovation Centre

Laboratory in Information Sciences and Technology, Communication and Knowledge - Lab-STICC

Expertise: CAD tools for electronics, electronic architecture design, high-speed signal processing architecture, digital methods and optimisation, software/hardware/communication for self-adaptation methods in uncertain environments, sensor networks and intelligent environments (habitat, disability , sailing, environment), software engineering, decision support in crisis situations, human cooperation - autonomous systems, cyber security hardware.


Institute of Research in Computer Science and Random Systems - IRISA

Expertise: Large scale systems, networks, telecommunications and services, architecture, language and software engineering, digital signals and images, robotics, media and interactions, data and knowledge management.




Bretagne Atlantique Mathematics Laboratory - LMBA
Expertise: Quantum invariants, foliations, random walks, random media, image processing, mathematical modelling, statistical and numerical analysis, research for companies.




'Customs and Societies' Research and Innovation Centre

Lab-LEX Law Laboratory
Expertise: in the field of vulnerability and ageing. More generally expertise in the areas of vulnerability (housing, debt, liability etc.), risk management (contractual, heritage, health, natural risks etc.) and governance (territorial, European, international). Ministerial and parliamentary expertise (coastal law, military status, foundations). Expertise with research evaluation body.

Western Economics and Management Laboratory - LEGO
Expertise: Digital, networks, territories, responsible practices and food, governance and resilience of organisations, occupational health and well-being.





Psychology Laboratory: Cognition, Behaviour, Communication - LP3C
Expertise: Social marketing, consumer behaviour, behavioural influence, ICT usage and acceptability.

Time, Worlds, Societies Laboratory - TEMOS
Expertise: Maritime history, history of coastal societies, historical knowledge production of tools, digital humanities, documentary analysis, archaeology of biological products.


Construction Inheritance in Text and Images - HCTI
Expertise: Analysis and documentary criticism, satirical iconologies, knowledge of history, publication of documents.


Expertise: analysis and planning of urban projects, analysis of local policies, territorial diagnosis, citizen participation and territorial governance.




Plurilingualism, Representations, Information on Francophone Expression, Communication, Sociolinguistics - PREFICS
Expertise: Translation theory, sociology of verbal interactions, verbal and nonverbal corpora, humorous corpora, short corpus, professional writing: the social demand for scientific expertise.



Sociology Studies and Research Laboratory - LABERS
Expertise: Intervention-research in the fields of health, social action, social economy, analysis of policies on disability and ageing, advice and analysis in social development of policies related to housing, school, leisure and sports.


An organisation promoting interdisciplinary research between laboratories

As part of its ambitious research strategy, Université Bretagne Sud has been organised into four centres of excellence and innovation. This structure makes it possible to develop interdisciplinary research between research laboratories.

UBS has been able to develop a strategic vision based on effective research both in terms of its fundamental nature and its applications in economic and social life. Research at UBS takes place both within what is an outward-looking socio-economic geographical area and a regional scientific group. Internationally, bilateral exchanges are instituted between laboratories.

In its process of differentiation and specialisation the challenge for the University of South Brittany is on one hand, to federate research around major themes while preserving other research outside this framework, and, on the other, to go into more depth in certain areas relating, in whole or in part, to the centres of excellence in research and innovation.

Founded in the cross-disciplinary nature of the disciplines, the UBS research strategy is built around four research and innovation centres formed by the 14 research laboratories:

Humans, Sea & Coastline

This centre aims to reconcile industrial and technological development with sustainable development. The eco-design of materials, energy savings in manufacturing processes and phases of use and the improvement of digital simulation methods are at the heart of this field of excellence. The aim, more particularly, is to develop areas such as the recyclability of materials used, biosourced materials, new materials and the shaping and then the maintenance in service of these materials for different requirements.


Materials & Energy

From maritime history to the design of new materials for boat hulls, from the development of innovative antifouling paints to the development and urbanisation of the geographical area, from safety at sea to the development of new sensors, from data processing to decision-making aids, from biofilms to the matching of resources to uses, this centre provides close links between coastal issues and human activities and practices in coastal societies.



The development of interconnected systems requires the coordination of a complete chain of skills from sensors to information processing and modelling of knowledge and data to embedded hardware and software architectures.
UBS is positioned in the two strategic sectors of cyber security and data science.


Customs & Societies 

The study of societies through a diachronic and synchronic perspective is the object of this centre: human practices, the transmission of cultures, cultural and economic heritage, discourses and practices, representations and history and current societal issues. New practices are the subject of research in which various approaches are mobilised: sociological, psychological, linguistic, historical, literary, legal and economic.


Headline figures for research at UBS:

  • 14 laboratories
  • 250 lecturer-researchers
  • 200 PhD students