Laboratories of Excellence (LabEx)

Published on December 6, 2023 Updated on January 25, 2024

As part of its growth initiative Programme d'investissements d'avenir, the French government supports internationally acclaimed laboratories of the highest scientific caliber that are heavily invested in innovative projects, and that are capable of attracting the best researchers. UPEC has one laboratory of excellence and is heavily involved in four others.



The Vaccine Research Institute (VRI) is UPEC's laboratory of excellence. It is working on new, innovative vaccine approaches that involve "reprogramming" the immune system by developing vaccines based on the latest advances in fundamental immunology. VRI is also developing an innovative vaccine administration route, prime-boost combination strategies, and an integrated approach to reliably evaluate vaccine strategies which can be reproduced.


The overall aim of the Multi-scale Modelling & Experimentation of Materials for Sustainable Construction LabEx is to develop advanced fundamental research for a detailed understanding of the physical phenomena governing the properties of construction materials and geomaterials, from their production and use through to recycling. The laboratory draws on a range of scientific skills, including theoretical and numerical modeling, from the atomistic to the structural scale, and experimental investigation, involving innovative manufacturing processes and multi-scale materials imaging techniques.

LabEx Bézout

The Bézout laboratory conducts research at the crossroads of mathematics and computer science, with a focus on the design of smart cities. It conducts research into urban maintenance and modeling using digital imaging and machine learning. It studies architectural geometry and structural mechanics using discrete differential geometry, analyzes urban data using multifractal techniques, and supports urban networks with tools derived from mobile networks and the Internet of Things.

LabEx Urban Futures

The Urban Futures laboratory combines the technical approaches used in urban planning and development, architecture, environmental science, economics, geography, history, sociology, transportation, and modeling. Its strategy is centered around three areas: the material and infrastructural aspects of urban change, urban activities and the environment, and the vulnerabilities, resilience, and governance of urban societies.

LabEx DynamiTe

The DynamiTe laboratory studies the effects of globalization on spaces and societies, as well as the challenges of sustainable development and global change. The aim of DynamiTe is to contribute to improving knowledge capital and the potential for action by revisiting the notion of regions, from prehistory to the present day, with a view to collectively charting a common future. DynamiTe's research focuses on four scientific issues: "Regional legacy and change"; "The impacts of environmental changes and risks on biodiversity and societies"; "Mobility, exchange and migration"; "Methodological innovations and digital tools".