Aix-Marseille University | CISAM
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Aix-Marseille University

Innovation as part of its identity

AMU is a research-intensive university of international standing, yet deeply rooted in its territory.
In 2016, it was granted the national Initiative of Excellence label.

The university has risen to all the challenges launched in 2012, the year it was founded, and is boldly pursuing its ambition to serve research, education, and innovation – in a word, in the service of progress. Every day, it develops partnerships with socio-economic players to promote innovation and the professional integration of its graduates. As a key player in the region, which it helps to promote, it has equipped itself with modern tools and bodies to effectively promote the research work carried out in its laboratories.


Aix-Marseille University has decided to open its space within the CISAM to several of its partners. Various structures therefore have permanent or flexible offices in order to be able to exchange more easily with the other actors of the ecosystem. There is the Research and Development Department and its spin-off Protisvalor that handles private and European contracts. The SATT Sud-Est ensures the maturation and transfer of inventions to the economic world. The business incubators IMPULSE, Belle de Mai, and PEPITE Provence support the creation of start-ups. The Carnot Star institute offers a complete range of scientific expertise and know-how in sport, health and well-being. The Pôle Mer Méditerrannée brings out innovative projects and supports the development of companies in the blue economy. The CSR Lab brings together the talents and resources of committed companies. The Canceropole leads and supports researchers and teams in various disciplines to accelerate progress towards the therapies of tomorrow. The Business Legitimacy Chair helps entrepreneurs understand their legitimacy and develop their business. The Technological Platform label of the Aix-Marseille site aims to provide the scientific community and the socio-economic world with state-of-the-art infrastructures for the execution of research contracts, partnership collaborations or external services.


Finally, since its opening, ENEDIS has set up its artificial intelligence laboratory within the Aix-Marseille University space. As a true public service player, ENEDIS places innovation at the heart of its development and collaborates with Aix-Marseille University in the field of Artificial Intelligence with the aim of creating applications to improve the efficiency of ENEDIS services.

In 2020, ENEDIS, Aix-Marseille University and the Aix-Marseille-Provence Metropolis signed an agreement creating a Chair named Massal’IA. This aims to produce the first AI tool for the control of Electric Mobility for a territory.


By bringing together all these players in the innovation ecosystem in one place, CISAM provides all the resources necessary for entrepreneurial creativity and facilitates exchanges between industrialists and research laboratories. This is how innovation leads to the creation of societal values, jobs for our students and an increase in the national and international visibility of the university.


Aix-Marseille University has all the assets to meet the challenge of innovation: efficient structures, interdisciplinarity, excellence in research structures and its training offer. With its multidisciplinary potential, Aix-Marseille University is strengthening interdisciplinarity within interdisciplinary and intersectoral research centres (PR2I). The development of labeled technological platforms for its laboratories and economic players, as well as the creation of Territorial Innovation Projects (PIT), a process for identifying initiatives in all of Aix-Marseille University’s territories that are likely to contribute to the creation of technologies, contribute to the development of research.



Aix-Marseille University is home to

  • 80 000 students
  • 8 000 staff members
  • 3 300 doctoral students
  • 6 training and research sectors
  • 120 research structures including 9 federative structures and 110 research units
  • 4 territorial innovation clusters
  • 6 interdisciplinary groups of thematic courses: GIFT
  • Aeronautics | Big Data | Disability | Sea and maritime-related activities | Tourism | Ageing
  • 5 interdisciplinary research interests: Energy, Environment, Health, Life Sciences, Advanced Sciences and Technologies, Humanities
  • 13 institutional institutes
  • 1 European Civic University – CIVIS
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Aix-Marseille Université
58, bd Charles Livon – 13284 Marseille Cedex 07