The CambioSCOP project was laureate of the "Make Our Planet Great Again" program during an official ceremony in the presence of Mr. Emmanuel Macron

Dr. Lorie Hamelin, a Canadian researcher currently at Aarhus University in Denmark, is a laureate of the Make Our Planet Great Again program, launched by French President Emmanuel Macron. The 18 winners, selected from more than 1000 expressions of interest, were invited on Monday, December 11th, to an official ceremony which took place in Paris in the presence of the President of the French Republic and the Minister of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, Frédérique Vidal.


This call for projects is intended for researchers not residing on the national territory and wishing to develop, in France and in collaboration with French partners, high level research projects to face global climate change. Mrs Lorie Hamelin proposes to develop, in collaboration with Mrs Ligia Barna, Professor INSA Toulouse and Researcher at LISBP, the research project entitled CambioSCOP (CArbon Management and BIOresources strategies for SCOPing the transition towards low fossil carbon). Benefiting from the major support of the Occitania Region and strongly supported by the supervisory bodies of the laboratory, INSA Toulouse, INRA and CNRS, this project which will be carried out within the LISBP - Laboratory of Engineering of Biological Systems and Processes - will be financed at 1 Million Euros over 5 years.

Zoom on the CambioSCOP Project

The major environmental challenges of our century and sustainable development policies require new strategies for scientific, technological and economic development, at the crossroads of Circular Economy and Bioeconomy issues. Bioeconomy has become a priority at the European, national, and regional levels, and a long-term perspective of sustainable and responsible economic growth. Compliance with the objectives of COP21 in Paris to limit global warming to 1.5 ° C, or less than 2 ° C, requires extracting carbon (CO2) from the atmosphere, keeping it in the ground, and to use renewable biomass for the production of bio-sourced products. The CambioSCOP project aims to build an approach for the establishment of geo-localized, dynamic and sustainable strategies for the development of the bioeconomy in France, aiming at optimizing the circularity of carbon. Among other things, the possibilities of increasing carbon storage in soils, and more than 300 biomass conversion chains will be studied to produce a variety of innovative products (liquid hydrocarbons, proteins, biomaterials, etc.). This systemic approach combines flow analysis, process engineering, life cycle analysis, energy system analysis and sustainable economics as key methodologies. At the end of the five years of the project, tailor-made and quantified strategies, performant environmentally and economically, will be proposed to policy makers and stakeholders for the long-term development of the French bio-economy.

Contacts :

L. Hamelin (loriehamelin @, Ligia Barna (ligia.barna @

Crédits photos : Une : AFP - Centre  Marion Depouilly