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The Rovaltain Foundation for Scientific Cooperation


The Rovaltain Foundation was set up in July 2013 by the Ministry for Higher Education and Research.  It resulted from collaboration between its ten founder members, which include the Rhône-Alpes Region, the Drôme Département, The Drôme Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Rovaltain Joint Union, Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1, Université Joseph Fourier de Grenoble, Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Saint-Etienne, Institut Polytechnique de Grenoble, the Compagnie Nationale du Rhône and the National Institute of Science and Technology for Research in the Environment and Agriculture (IRSTEA).

The primary aim of the Rovaltain Foundation is to support cutting-edge research by encouraging sustained interdisciplinarity, notably in the fields of environmental toxicology and ecotoxicology.  The Foundation's actions therefore aim to support targeted and multidisciplinary research programmes involving toxicologists, ecotoxicologists, biologists, chemists, epidemiologists and physicists, etc., in order to understand the fate of contaminants in the environment and the effects of environmental stresses on health and the environment.

The Rovaltain Foundation organises scientific symposia and discussion forums.

In order to facilitate the dissemination of scientific knowledge and confront it with related scientific, economic and societal challenges, the Rovaltain Foundation also organises its Jeudis de la Fondation (Foundation Thursdays); multi-actor meetings that address a wide variety of topics on the theme of Health and the Environment.

Contact: Wilfried Sanchez,

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