research activities in the field of Soil Pollution and Remediation (LGCGE National Lab)
an international network of partner universities
The Environmental Science program is designed to train future managers and scientists through a hands-on approach to gaining technical expertise in the sustainable management of polluted sites in an international context.
The Environmental Science program gives students a general overview of:
Prevention of soil pollution
Water and air pollution
Management and treatment of sites contaminated by human activities
General assessment of pollution,
Remediation/treatment of polluted sites (bioremediation, phytoremediation, biotechnology, and more)
International Hands-On Experience
In addition, ISA Lille is dedicated to giving students a well-rounded and international experience. A number of international experts participate in lectures on various topics over the course of the Master. They come from our partner universities or companies in Brazil, the USA, the Czech Republic, Greece, Italy, The Netherlands, among others. Moreover, students get the chance to attend international conferences in France and abroad and participate in study tours in Europe:
2 weeks in the Netherlands to study applied techniques of Bioremediation/Physico-chemical remediation/Thermal remediation in soil and sediment management
2-3 weeks of study on Microbial Ecology – Bioremediation Phytoremediation at UCT Prague and USB
Most notably, ISA Lille graduates are also given diverse exposure to the professional world through industrial projects, internships in companies and research in labs. As with every ISA program, students benefit from a solid professional experience: they will indeed spend 40% of their time immersed in companies or research laboratories working on industrial projects or on their thesis.
Increasing urbanization, intensive agriculture as well as the industrial past of our region guided the research thematic of the laboratory on the management of soils which are affected at various levels by anthropogenic activities. Scientific and technical arguments have been given to help the conservation and the improvement of soil quality with environmental and healthy preoccupations for many years.
The Environmental Science program prepares students to be operational professionals even before graduating, thanks to our both theoretical and practical approach. The teaching methods provide students from various backgrounds and cultures with the operational and managerial skills required in the corporate world. Students learn through Problem/Project Based Learning (PBL) approach, with a lot of group works and case studies, field visits where students can see first-hand the jobs they might choose for their future professional life, and industrial projects over the 2 years of the program. Internships in a company or a laboratory allow students to confront the reality of the professional world and prepare them for their entry into active employment.
Examples of our students’ Internships
RENARD Company – Escaudain – France : On-site follow up of a 2 M€ demolition and remediation site in North Department
National Agriculture Research Center – Islamabad – Pakistan : Development of constructed wetland with efficient use of common reed to minimize the area of constructed wetland
ACUI-T – Nantes – France : Research and Development in water treatment for fish farming
BIOCLEAR – Groningen – The Netherlands : Determining the value of a bioreactor designed to accelerate the start-up of a landfarm with oil contamined soil
University of Bologna – Department of Agricultural Sciences – Bologna – Italy : The encapsulation of natural biocides into porous inorganic matrixes in order to tune their release into soil and hence their bioactivities towards target biota
National Agriculture Research Center – Islamabad – Pakistan : Bioremediation of Wastewater from steel industries in I/9 Industrial areas in Islamabad
GEOLYS Consultancy – Ciney – Belgium – Soil diagnosis and soil clean-up in Wallonie : Legislative framework and implementation of the methodology of good practices guide – Case studies
Ateneo de Manila University – Department of Environmental Sciences – Manila – Philippines : Assistant engineer on the Phytoremediation Research Program
ISA Lille – Laboratory of soils and Environment – Lille – France
ISA Lille is part of a corporate network gathering over 200 companies. For 8 years, ISA Lille has organized an annual Company and Career Day. This event gives all students a chance to meet a representative from the corporate world or a partner company.
Environmental Science graduates get diverse jobs and positions in the following departments: R&D, Prevention and Reduction of Pollution and Risks, Management of Polluted Sites. In addition, many of our Environmental Science graduates go on to pursue a PhD.
Examples of Our Alumni’s Positions
PhD research on rhizosphere processes leading to nickel uptake by hyperaccumulator plants – University of Queensland, Australia
Project manager, Management of Polluted Sites – RAMERY, France
PhD research on Dynamic modelisation of the availability of Cesium in the soil-plant-atmosphere continuum – Institut de Radioprotection et de Surété Nucléaire, France
Junior Life Cycle Assessment Manager – CYCLeco, France
PhD research on Characterization of Natural Organic Matter and processes during drinking water treatment – Université Lille 1, France
Research and Development Engineer; CEBEDEAU, Belgium