Grenoble – where industry meets academia for science

Why is Grenoble the perfect place for researchers, engineers, students and young scientists to build strong collaborations with industry?

Thanks to its excellent research infrastructure, the presence of renowned research institutions, universities and the vibrant international research community, Grenoble represents for many years a great place to be for those involved in the field.

Besides the many renowned research infrastructures and organisations (such as ESRF, ILL, EMBL, LPSC, IBS, CEA and many more), the city is also shaped around strong research-industry collaboration and commitment to innovation: with its strong reputation as a hub for high-tech and research, Grenoble simplify all the processes aimed to find industry partners and collaborate on projects.

In the article “How Grenoble has mastered industry–academia science collaborations“, published in Nature, a deep analysis together with interesting numbers can be found, which give to the readers a clear overview about the city and its potential.

Here below, a few highlights from the article (complete version here):

“In Grenoble, there is a culture of innovation here that goes back more than a century, linked both to local environmental conditions and certain individuals who took risks,” says Hughes Metras, director of IRT Nanoelec, a Grenoble-based technology research institute that supports public–private electronics R&D.

In 2018, Grenoble was named as one of four cities to host new government-funded artificial intelligence (AI) research institutes. The city is home to a spin-out company, Siquance, which is leading national efforts to build the world’s first silicon-based universal quantum computer — one that can be used for a broad set of problems, much like a conventional computer: an important step in bringing quantum computing into mainstream use.

But it is not just in the areas of electronics and digital technologies that Grenoble outperforms larger French cities: Grenoble Alpes University (UGA) comes fifth when French universities are ranked by the number of articles that list their researchers as authors in 82 leading natural-science journals in the year from October 2021 to September 2022 by Nature Index. Almost one in 13 jobs in the region are in research and development (R&D) — the highest proportion of all French metropolitan areas.

With its strong focus on the sciences, the thriving economy, the high-quality educational institutions, the numerous professional opportunities and the well known tradition of entrepreneurship and innovation, Grenoble is a great hub for networking and it represents a “place to be” for those looking to develop their technical and scientific skills, innovative thinking and business abilities.