The Dupuy de Lôme Research Institute (IRDL) of South Brittany University (UBS) brings research activities in engineering sciences in the Brittany region focusing on the materials and the sustainable development interacting with the marine environment, such as pollution of seas and oceans, shipbuilding and offshore or marine energy. It is a Mixed Research Unit (UMR 6027), attached to the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) and became the reference laboratory for marine systems in France and Europe. Through its numerous industrial collaborations with industrial partners involved in the maritime domain, IRDL creates a link between fundamental research, engineering and technology. In effect, the new technological and scientific challenges alongside commercial businesses are numerous: reduction of marine pollution, development of new « eco-friendly » materials, cheaper production, reduction in energy consumption and the environmental footprint, while remaining strong.

The personnel (about 150 persons including researchers, engineers, PhD, administrative and technical staff) and the resources of the laboratory are distributed over four sites: two principal sites in Lorient and Brest and two satellite sites located in Vannes and Pontivy.

In terms of experimental equipment, the implementation of modelling tools, predictive and usable for different applications has a central place in the laboratory’s strategy. IRDL has a state of the art testing and measurement centre at both a national and international level. This requires being equipped with test resources, for measurement and observations