Our settlement institutes

CEREGE is involved in interdisciplinarity, which is at the heart of Aix-Marseille University's policy, in particular through its participation in the creation and management of four of AMU's 15 institutional institutes: ITEM, OCEAN, ARKAIA and ORIGINES. Our links with these institutes allow us to strengthen the links between research and training, from the point of view of interdisciplinarity and in relation to societal issues, global changes and major questions related to the origin of the Universe.

L'Mediterranean Institute for Environmental Transition (ITEM)The aim of the CEREGE project, created by a CEREGE Research Director in 2020, is to take up the challenge of adapting our society to environmental changes at the Mediterranean basin level through innovative research and training activities. It contributes to the implementation of the Sustainable Development objectives. Through its Mediterranean anchorage, the Institute proposes to develop interdisciplinary systemic research to understand the effects of global change on society and natural resources. ITEM is dedicated to the development of innovative solutions to better manage and anticipate natural and industrial risks, to support the transformation of cities and to develop original approaches to respond to complex socio-environmental issues.

L'OCEAN Institute combines oceanography, climate and digital sciences, robotics and engineering, as well as human and social sciences (economics, law, history and geography). It aims to address the major challenges of the ocean environment, which are currently very significant.

L'Origins Institute brings together astrophysicists, chemists, physicists, biologists, geologists, geophysicists, philosophers and epistemologists. Its objectives are to form an interdisciplinary community around the major scientific questions related to the origin of life, its presence and the possibilities of detection in our Galaxy; the origin of our solar system, the evolution of matter within it, and how this evolution could have played a role in the emergence of life on Earth.

L'Institute of Mediterranean Archaeology ARKAIA is a centre of convergence for AMU's archaeological and archaeoscientific research and training skills. It examines Mediterranean spaces diachronically, from prehistory to recent times, by bringing together the material and human capacities of the MMSH's archaeology laboratories with the UMRs of other components, developing innovative approaches in bio- and geo-sciences (paleo-environments and paleo-climates, geochemistry, dating, etc.), biological anthropology, and engineering sciences and techniques (3D, acoustics, robotics, etc.).

The Carnot Water and Environment Institute brings together 11 research units under the supervision of CNRS, INRAE, IRD, INSA, Aix-Marseille University, University of Montpellier, University of Savoie Mont Blanc, and the Institute of Filtration and Separative Techniques, organised to meet the research and innovation needs of the socio-economic partners in the water sector thanks to strong expertise in earth and environmental sciences, human and social sciences, and technologies applied to the management of water and aquatic ecosystems