UCLy inaugurates its Maison de la Recherche et de l'Entreprise (House of Research and Enterprise)

UCLy's "Maison de la Recherche et de l'Entreprise" was inaugurated on April 10, 2024, after several months of construction work. This new facility, located at the heart of the Saint-Paul campus, offers improved working conditions for UCLy researchers in communication with new workspaces designed for partnerships between our university and the business world. A meeting that will bring to life the confluence of disciplines and the interaction between the world of Research and business in Lyon.

Business and Research: an indispensable partnership

Amplify the impact of UCLy research projects and foster the development of concrete solutions for our partners

"How to articulate research and applied research?" This was the question UCLy had to answer when it set up the Research Center : CONFLUENCE Sciences and Humanities in 2019, then the Chaire Vulnérabilités in 2021. "The theme of vulnerability has emerged as a cross-cutting, multi-disciplinary theme," says UCLy Rector Olivier Artus. With the conclusion of the Chair's work this year, it was time to perpetuate its work and anchor its new methods in UCLy's habits. " The necessary link between research, applied research and training is now set in stone," sums up Olivier Artus.

This new space is divided into two 500 m² floors, linked by a central staircase. The fourth floor is dedicated to Research. It provides UCLy's 160 lecturers and 60 PhD students with suitable work and meeting spaces. The 5th floor, meanwhile, has been designed as a modular space, offering several configurations to suit the needs of businesses. These include coworking areas, training rooms, social spaces, etc.

A project recommended by the French government

The construction of the “Maison de la Recherche et de l’Entreprise” is also in line with government recommendations. The HCERES, the state body that certifies UCLy as an EESPIG (Établissement d’Enseignement Supérieur Privé d’Intérêt Général) had suggested the creation of a space dedicated to Research and PhD students, and the improvement of links between Research and Business.

The project cost 1.8 million euros. It was financed 1/3 by public funding from the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, and 2/3 by a sponsorship campaign. For Gabriele Fioni, Deputy Rector for Higher Education, Research and Innovation for the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes academic region: "This is an important moment, the culmination of a vision. There can be no university without Research"

The aim of this collaboration is to enable companies to benefit from the in-depth work carried out by UCLy's teaching and research staff, in areas such as vulnerability studies and the socio-ecological transition. For scientists, it's a chance to put theory into practice and benefit from feedback from the field.

Between tradition and future

For UCLy, the link between research, education and the business world is a long-standing tradition. The university was founded in 1875 by Lyon's business community. At the time, the aim was to respond to the growing need for new professions among the region's companies.

With this in mind, the "Maison de la Recherche et de l'Entreprise" aims to become much more than just an office space. It is conceived as a place to live, meet and collaborate. UCLy's teaching and research staff and economic players will have the opportunity to exchange ideas, share knowledge and initiate joint projects.

New short training courses have been specifically designed for managers and company directors who are sensitive to societal issues and wish to reflect on their managerial posture. " These modules offer a time of inspiration and perspective, to anticipate tomorrow's decisions and directions," explains Olivier Artus.

"For the patrons, financing this initiative is not about buying indulgences," laughs Guy Sidos, CEO of Groupe Vicat and President of Cercle des Mécènes de l'UCLy. "These are the beginnings of a partnership that combines research, teaching and debate. It's now up to all of us to bring this agora to life."