A teaching chair dedicated to the energy transition

On October 29, ECAM LaSalle joined forces with ISARA, GRDF and the Association Française du Gaz (‘French Gas Association’) to create the “Energy Transition for Businesses, Industries and Regions” teaching chair. Due to the current COVID-19 crisis, the official launch of the chair was held both face-to-face on the ECAM Lyon campus (taking all necessary protective measures) and via an online conference.

A cornerstone of the ecological transition, the energy transition presents unprecedented challenges and opportunities. The stakes are high: it involves successfully making a series of major changes to our energy production and consumption systems, moving towards a world that better accommodates the needs of our planet and inventing a sustainable future. Now more than ever, it is critical to innovate, transform organizations and encourage new behaviors.

For several years, ECAM Lyon has been taking a stronger position on this topic, tightly aligned with its values. This is evidenced by the creation of the Specialized Master’s® in Energy Transition Management in 2020, in partnership with emlyon business school, following collaborative projects with the Tenerrdis innovation cluster and GRDF.

The “Energy Transition for Businesses, Industries and Regions” teaching chair is a new opportunity for educational innovation. This collaboration between complementary players may spark the emergence of new talents who will lead the energy transformation. Indeed, this complex transition will require cutting-edge scientific and technical expertise and must synergize transdisciplinary knowledge. Thus, it is important to break down the barriers between disciplines in order to train the change agents that companies and industries need.

Signed for a two-year period, this partnership agreement aims to develop innovative interdisciplinary training courses, combining life sciences and engineering. After a first step to precisely identify the skills required, the partners will build a corpus of knowledge for the initiative, with specialized degree programs (at Bachelor’s and Master’s level) or introductory modules within existing programs, in particular the engineering curriculum.

Photo: Didier Desplanche, Director of ECAM LaSalle and Didier Saussier, Chairman of the Association Française du Gaz Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, met to sign the agreement. Also in attendance, remotely, were Edouard Sauvage, Managing Director of GRDF, Pascal Desamais, Managing Director of ISARA and Yves Colliou, Chairman of ECAM LaSalle’s Board of Directors.