Contributions to research

Since its creation on January 1st 2017, IMT Atlantique has inherited all of the research and innovation activities of Télécom Bretagne and École des Mines de Nantes. This new establishment comprises 12 departments of teaching and research, involved in six research labs (five under the French National Centre for Scientific Research and one under the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research). We are specialised in the fields of digital technology, and energy and environment, with very many areas of application.

For our research and innovation activities we have 290 permanent researchers and lecturers, 110 non-permanent researchers (post doctoral students and research engineers) and over 300 doctoral students. Our research and innovation activities are financed by public and private research contracts totalling approximately €18 million per annum.


The university's research has developed through building strong partnerships with higher education institutions and research establishments in the Brittany and Pays de la Loire regions through the research laboratories listed below.

Unités de Recherche Autres tutelles / Partenaires
Subatech (Subatomic Physics and Technologies) CNRS (French National Centre for Scientific Research), University of Nantes
LS2N (Nantes Laboratory of Digital Sciences) CNRS, University of Nantes, Centrale Nantes, Inria (French Institute for Research in Computer Science and Automation)
GEPEA (Process Engineering for Environment and Food) CNRS, University of Nantes, Oniris (National College of Veterinary Medicine, Food Science and Engineering)
Lab-Sticc (Research laboratory in the field of information and communication science and technology) CNRS, University of West Brittany, University of South Brittany, ENSTA Bretagne (Graduate and Postgraduate Engineering School and Research Institute), ENIB (graduate school of engineering, Brest)
Irisa (Research Institute of Computer Science and Random Systems) CNRS, University of Rennes 1, Insa-Rennes (Rennes graduate and post-graduate school of the National Institute of Applied Science), University of South-Brittany, Inria (French Institute for Research in Computer Science and Automation), CentraleSupélec (graduate and post-graduate school of electrical engineering)
Latim (Laboratory of Medical Information Processing) Inserm (French National Institute of Health and Medical Research), University of West Brittany, CHU-Brest (University hospital, Brest)


As co-administrator of these laboratories, IMT Atlantique contributes collectively to the strategy and scientific orientations  of the above laboratories.

IMT Atlantique is also a member of the region's Laboratories of Excellence (Labex - see table below) and Equipment of Excellence (Robotex for robotics and Arronax+ for radiotherapy).


Labex Domaine Périmètre
Cami (sport et cancer)i Health National
CominLabs (Communication and Information Science) Digital technology Bretagne / Pays de la Loire
Iron Health, radiotherapy Pays de la Loire Region


On a national level IMT Atlantique is part of Institut Mines-Telecom, combining the Mines and Telecom universities under the auspices of the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Digital Technology, recognised academically and industrially for its excellence in both academics and industrial partnerships. Through this network, Institut Mines-Telecom (IMT) is able to propose a very large range of scientific and technical skills to respond to requests on fundamental or applied research topics with important societal issues such as security, renewable energy sources, digital technology, the environment and health.

IMT Atlantique also has a large network of relationships with international research institutions.

This network has been built up through our policy of supporting researchers, research-lecturers and doctoral students through sabbaticals or study trips abroad, and also through participating in major networks of international cooperation. IMT also has a policy of supporting invited researchers. This international network allows us to develop research projects in common or to respond to international calls for proposals (H2020, ANR International, Initiatives…)

Excellence in research at IMT Atlantique has been rewarded by several prizes and distinctions over the last 20 years. A good example is Professor Claude Berrou, a member of the Academy of Science since 2007, who has received many prizes for his work on "turbo codes", including:

  • The Hamming Medal in 2003
  • The Marconi Prize in 2005