Our research is distinctive in its multidisciplinary approach and breadth. Our research units can rely on state-of-the-art research labs and facilities. Most of them have received a national certification.
Three core research areas have been established to maximize the quality and impact of our research.
Integrative biology, Imaging, Health, Environment
16 research units are gathered around a common strategy promoting the development of cross-disciplinary projects in biology/health and biology/environment.
UNICAEN is a founding member of Cyceron, a unique biomedical imaging platform in France and Europe. The Research centre for coastal and marine environment provides logistical and administrative support to the research units addressing the sustainable development of our coasts, seas and related resources.
Humanities & Social Sciences
The Humanities research centre (MRSH) has been promoting cross-disciplinary collaboration for more than 20 years. It brings together 15 research units spanning areas of archaeology, literature, language and linguistics, arts, geography, history, economics, sociology, psychology, philosophy, and law. A unique feature is the breadth of expertise in digital humanities. It also has an unrivalled expertise and insight on Norman studies that ranges from the Vikings, medieval Normandy, to the Mont-Saint-Michel and the Bayeux Tapestry. It is home to the Virtual reality centre which remains unequalled at university level. The 45 square metre immersive room enables research activities to be carried out in a closed environment. Virtual reality models are currently being used for research projects related to memory, mobility disorders and biomechanics.
Science and Technology
Science & Technology at UNICAEN spans a wide range of areas of both fundamental and technological interest. Our research is founded on a strong collaboration with the ENSICAEN, Graduate school of engineering. UNICAEN works closely with the National large heavy ion accelerator (GANIL) on the development of devices for the SPIRAL2 project – this new instrument which will enable scientists to delve further into the mysteries of the atom.