Establishing Montpellier as a worldwide centre of excellence and expertise in the water sector

The aims of KIM MUSE WATERS are two-fold: to improve the organisation and performance levels of the water community; and to raise the international profile of the study of water based on the research-training-business continuum in order to attract the top scientists and best students.

Montpellier is backed by a scientific community that has already undertaken a restructuring as part of the IM2E Scientific Interest Group and has developed closer links with all the region’s water stakeholders (the Aqua Valley Cluster, local authorities, water agencies, etc.). In short, Montpellier boasts all the strengths and advantages for tackling issues related to the subject of continental waters and lagoons:

  • 16 research laboratories
  • A pool of over 320 permanent senior scientists
  • A rich and varied inter-institutional training programme
  • The Montpellier-based head office of the Aqua Valley Competitiveness Cluster, leader of the three French water clusters

The importance of integrating into the economic fabric and interacting with society

A wide range of partnerships has been created and projects developed, from patents and start-ups to industrial and corporate chairs, thanks to the links forged between the water community and the world of business. The initiatives implemented by KIM MUSE WATERS will strengthen and advance these interactions between the academic and socio-economic spheres regionally and internationally to benefit the water industry as a whole.

Governance model based on the existing structure

KIM MUSE WATERS makes maximum use of IM2E’s system of governance tailored to the specific context of the KIM for the sake of efficiency and to capitalise on the restructuring work undertaken by the water community. In addition to the management team and executive board, the governance structures that have been set up are designed to involve the scientific community (the board of directors of the WATERS member units) together with all academic, socio-economic and institutional partners (strategic orientation board).