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Scientific Interest Group: R2DS

R2DS Île-de-France is a Scientific Interest Group (GIS) managed by the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS). It was created in 2006 upon the initiative of the Regional Committee of Île-de-France with the aim of promoting research on sustainable development.

A strong footing in environmental problems

The ambition of R2DS Île-de-France is to become an organisation to be contended with in the production of knowledge. Its research programme is marked by the necessity of taking into account the long-term effects of the interaction between human activities and their natural or built environment. It aims to develop the expertise of the region in the field of sustainable development by mobilising an inter-disciplinary scientific community – sciences of the universe, sciences of living things, engineering sciences, prospective modelling and human and social sciences.

Thus network this comprises 16 signatories among institutes, grandes écoles of Île-de-France and universities, including UPMC. It associates 60 teams based in the area of Île-de-France within a single partnership for the development of its research programme.

This programme, which is foreseen to run until 2010, is based on several research and communication topics. It is managed by appointed staff from research laboratories and doctoral programmes of study (over 65 organisations) and brings together national and international partnerships with the institutional and industrial sectors.

The network is supported in large part by the region of Île de France.

Research topics of the Scientific Interest Group:

- Urban dynamics: social, economic, energy and environmental sustainability

- Economic activities: the economic activities of Île-de-France in relation to objectives to manage energy, the local environment and the reduction of gas emissions that produce a greenhouse effect

- Technological development: designing technological development for sustainable development

- Ecological functions: preserving and promoting ecological functions

- Interaction modelling: modelling man-nature interaction on different levels

- Studies of parameters: the demographic, economic, legal and ethical aspects of sustainable development policies

The signatories of the Scientific Interest Group R2D2:

The Île-de-France region, the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), UPMC, Marne La Vallée University, Paris Panthéon-Sorbonne University, Paris Sud 11 University, University of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), the École Normale Supérieure (Ens Ulm), the École Polytechnique, the École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées (ENCP), the National School of Rural Engineering, Waters and Forests (ENGREF), the École Centrale Paris (ECP), the École Supérieure dÉlectricité (Supélec), the Research Institute for Development (IRD), the Centre for Agricultural and Environmental Engineering Research (CEMAGREF).