As part of its development and collaboration with the business world, IMT Nord Europe leads industrial chairs. They are devoted to multidisciplinary themes in a rigorous scientific approach, with the help of leading partners.


This industrial chair is conducted with 12 partners: 



ECOSED, standing for ÉCOnomie circulaire des SÉDiments [Circular ECOnomy of SEDiments], is unique in France to date. Its aim is to create a scientific, technological and partnership-based strategy around the management of port and river sediments with a view to recycling them in road technology or concrete products. One of the unique characteristics of this chair is the multidisciplinary nature of the research carried out combining material and environmental aspects (mechanics, physics, chemistry, etc.) but also health (eco-toxicology) and the consideration of socio-economic components (economy, geography, sociology, law). To do this, it brings together a large panel of partners: port or canal managers, producers and users of building and public works materials, design offices, etc.


This industrial chair is conducted with ARMINES, the Syndicat Mixte d’Elimination et de Valorisation des Déchets [Mixed Federation for the Elimination and Recovery of Waste] (SYMEVAD), the European Metropole of Lille (MEL) and Polyvia Formation.

To meet the needs of public operators (city, urban and municipal communities) and businesses, IMT Nord Europe encouraged the creation of the ECOCIRNOV chair. The objective is to increase the recycling rate of household or industrial waste and to achieve greater added value in the use of certain by-products already recovered. The chair begins with an analysis of the waste flows collected in the areas covered by the MEL and SYMEVAD. It will allow research into their optimisation, both by data analysis methods and by investigating new avenues for non-recovered parts. The research program will then focus on the establishment of Local Recycling Units (ULRs). A first action of an industrial nature has also been initiated, jointly with Polyvia Formation, on the waste recovery of brominated plastics.


This industrial chair is conducted with Valeo Systèmes Thermiques and ARMINES.
NEO (Numerical and Experimental Optimisation platform) relates to the optimisation of on-board heat exchangers. This chair is at the very heart of what IMT Nord Europe does. It concerns both a priority area of research for the school – energy optimisation – and a strategic sector for Hauts-de-France, the country’s no. 1 car manufacturing region. This collaborative research project will make it possible to build analytical methodologies and experimental and digital platforms to produce a cleaner and smarter car.



The building sector generates 46 million tonnes of waste annually in France, but this recovery potential is largely under-exploited. In this context, the Industrial RECONVERT chair contributes to integrating process of selective deconstruction of buildings and to organizing the flow of products and materials that result from them for better reuse and recycling at a local scale. The chair is positioned in an original way on the conduct of deconstruction processes using digital tools. It aims in particular to produce scenarios for managing the flow of these resources by ecosystem actors. These digital tools will be developed from studies of jobs in the sector and an ad hoc geographic information system qualifying actors in the sectors.

They will also take into account the constraints of territorial management of resource flows and the historical “work sites” of the industrial partners of the chair. Thus RECONVERT, managed by Arnaud DONIEC (  and Emmanuel LEMELIN ( , brings together an exhaustive value chain through these partners: pole of competitiveness TEAM², Neo Eco, Public Land Establishment in Hauts-de-France, Rabot Dutilleul Construction, Nacarat, batiRIM, Suez, the TVES, Clersé, CRIsTAL laboratories of U-Lille and the two research centers: Materials & Processes and Digital Systems from IMT Nord Europe. This project is funded by MEL and I-SITE.

Our leitmotif: “building deconstruction by digital, rebuild by societal »

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Corenstock is an industrial chair funded by the French Research National Agency (ANR). With Corenstock, IMT and elm.leblanc continue their long-term partnership dedicated to the industry of the future. The chair propose to develop innovative technologies and a systemic approach aiming to the energy consumption reduction, from the design phase to the handling of the end of life.

The objective of the Corenstock Chair is to create by 2024 a new concept for the future hot sanitary water storage tank, to improve its energetic performances while proposing a recyclable solution, developing a self- adaptive and smart unit to insure the comfort of any final user and providing a predictive maintenance of the equipment devices. This ambitious project is a response to the industrial strategic issues: innovating in a responsible manner, from the design phase, taking into account the whole environment of the product during its life-time to adapt to the user while foreseeing the end-of-life in a circular economy approach.


In an intense context of conservation of the environment, the management and the reuse of waste from industrial by-products and joint-products remain unavoidable stakes, as much at a financial perspective as an environmental perspective, in the heart of sustainable development policies.

The works of the research CIRVAL chair (industrial research and innovation chair for the reuse of alternative materials : construction industry and urban plannings) fall under this context.

  • The stakes are twofold: the conservation of the environment and the development of the competitiveness for the involved companies and actors.

Chair directed by Mahfoud Benzerzour, holder of the CIRVAL chair