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Launch of the IDBio UNESCO Chair and the Avenir Afrique Foundation

IDBio UNESCO Chair

On Monday, September 25, 2023, the IDBIO project was launched at the Hôtel de Région Occitanie.

In the presence of all the African and French academic partners and their respective supervisory authorities, as well as Mr. Jean-Pierre Raffarin, President of the Prospective & Innovation Foundation, former Prime Minister and Honorary Member of Parliament, and representatives of the Occitanie Region, the AFD and ANR, the CNRS Foundation, and private companies, the IDBio "Sustainable Engineering of Biobased Products" UNESCO Chair, the Avenir Afrique Foundation and the IDBIO PEA project were inaugurated.

This project, led by INSA Toulouse, brings together 6 universities in 6 African countries, 7 French higher education and research institutions, and technology transfer centers and platforms. It has been awarded the UNESCO Chair designation, and financially supported by AFD under the PEA call (Partenariats avec l’Enseignement supérieur Africain) operated by the ANR, CNRS and INRAE. At the same time, the Avenir Afrique Foundation, established under the aegis of the CNRS Foundation, has the mission of promoting and supporting industrial collaborations in the framework of the IDBio project.

IDBio (Ingénierie Durable des produits Biosourcés) is an innovative Franco-African collaborative project dedicated to sustainable development, combining higher education, research, innovation, transfer and entrepreneurship, with a focus on gender and social equality. The project aims to optimize the use of natural resources and wastes while addressing poverty and food insecurity. It seeks to generate economic spin-offs through co-developed skills that promote the employability of Africans in emerging and sustainable business sectors.

IdBio's main objectives

From a training perspective:

  • Creating a new training program, with short theoretical and practical modules at the L3 level, for students and professionals;
  • Establishing of a professional Master's program;
  • Providing research-based training through doctoral grants and intra-Africa and Africa-France mobility.

Technical aspects :

  • Equipping a technology hall dedicated to practical work for initial and continuing training, as well as R&D. This technology hall will strengthen public/private links through services, technology transfer, innovation, R&D, proof of concept and batch production.

IDBio partners

> In Africa : Université Gaston Berger, Saint Louis, Senegal / Université d'Abomey-Calavi, Cotonou, Benin / Université de Lomé, Togo / Université Joseph Ki Zerbo, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso / Université d'Antananarivo, Madagascar / INP-Houphouët-Boigny, Yamoussoukro, Côte D’Ivoire

> In France Institut National des Sciences Appliquées (INSA) de Toulouse, Toulouse Institut National Polytechnique (INP), Institut Mines-Telecom (IMT) Albi, Institut Agro Montpellier, Centre de coopération internationale en recherche agronomique pour le développement (CIRAD), Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Institut National de Recherche pour l’Agriculture, l’Alimentation et l’Environnement (INRAE), Centres Régionaux d'Innovation et de Transfert de Technologie Catar, BioIndustries et GPTE, Plateformes Agromat, Gala et Valthera

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