Cerema is a partner of 47 projects funded by the European Commission, mainly within the Horizon 2020 Research & Innovation programme (2014-2020) and within the regional cooperation section known as Interreg of the regional development fund, ERDF.
The projects focus on sustainable regional development in collaboration with local authorities, industrial and academic partners across Europe.
Improved science-based maritime spatial planning to safeguard and restore biodiversity in a coherent european mpa network
The main objective of MSP4BIO is to develop an integrated and modular Ecological-Socio-Economic (ESE) management framework for the protection and restoration of marine ecosystems. The framework will take into account the criteria and objectives of relevant policies (MSFD, WFD, MSPD, CFP, etc.) and contribute to the EU Biodiversity Strategy (EUBS) 2030 and the Convention on Biological Diversity post-2020 framework. Six test sites in five European Sea Basins have been selected to conduct the analysis and to showcase and operationalise the ESE management framework. The test sites reflect the processes that are taking place at the national, sub-and-supranational levels, at different geographical scales, and focus on different socio-economic and environmental challenges.
Project start and end: august 2022 - august 2025
REALLOCATE transforms streets into inclusive, green, safe and future-proof urban spaces, where communities live and thrive. The project enables researchers, mobility experts, urban planners and local citizens to collectively re-imagine our cities and redesign how we move from one place to another. This four-year project (May 2023 - April 2027) catalyses change in mobility practices. Together with relevant stakeholders, the project team develops integrated and innovative sustainable urban mobility solutions, enabling European cities to exchange knowledge, experiences and ideas, and inspire other cities to replicate and adapt the developed solutions to their own contexts.
REALLOCATE is aligned with the climate neutrality goals of the Mission Cities 2030. It supports cities in working towards their net-zero carbon objectives, and accelerates the development of integrated and innovative sustainable urban mobility solutions and tools for safe, inclusive and smart cities. Cerema is involved in the project as an expert on mobility (safety, public space sharing, mobility for all, planning), as a producer of methodology and experience sharing to enhance the project's contributions, and as local support for the Lyon partners.
Project start and end: May 2023 - April 2027
For further information: Website project
SETO, a project funded by the European Union under the Horizon 2020 program, aims to address the inefficiencies in the current process of implementing directives and regulations in the transportation sector. This process is time-consuming, resource-intensive, and often applied randomly. It burdens regulatory authorities, leads to disruptions, accidents, infrastructure damage, and harms the environment.
To resolve these issues, SETO is developing an innovative digital platform. This platform collects and integrates data from various sources, providing simplified access to regulatory information. It ensures data security through the use of blockchain technology. It creates an innovative, consistent, and robust enforcement assistance system suitable for multimodal and cross-border environments.
SETO's goals are ambitious. They aim to promote a more competitive and equitable transportation market by optimizing human and economic resources, reducing costs, improving infrastructure sustainability, reducing accidents, and strengthening government control services.
To achieve these goals, the platform will be tested and validated in real-world scenarios with the direct participation of stakeholders. SETO is led by a consortium of 14 partners from seven European countries, bringing a diversity of expertise and know-how to all stages of the transportation value chain. This diversity will ensure the dissemination and exploitation of products and technologies developed within the SETO project.
Cerema Centre-Est, through its Department of Risk, Infrastructure, and Materials (DRIM), participates in the SETO project as a partner, developing an innovative system to identify and detect heavy vehicle axles, including when they are raised using inductive loops. Cerema also contributes to improving weigh-in-motion techniques and participates in tests of onboard weighing systems for heavy vehicles.
For further information: Website project
Horizon Europe Programme (2021-2027)
AWARD’s objective is to bring disruptive changes in the logistic industry by scaling Autonomous Driving Vehicles (AD Vehicles) system and Logistics Operation & Fleet Management (LOFM) system for heavy-duty vehicles, targeting compliance with ISO 26262 and taking into consideration SOTIF recommendations. The AD Vehicles’ Autonomous Driving System (ADS) will be based on multiple sensor modalities and an embedded teleoperation system to address 24/7 availability. The ADS will then be integrated into multiple vehicle types used in low-speed areas. Finally, these vehicles will be deployed, integrated and operated in a variety of real-life use cases to validate their value in the application and identify any limitations and functional level to address 24/7 availability. This challenge will be particularly tackled by extending the AD Vehicles performances under harsh weather conditions (rain, fog, snow) that are today limiting the Operation Design Domain (ODD), which describes the specific conditions under which a given AD Vehicle or feature is intended to operate. These are to be developed along with an adapted regulatory framework for autonomous logistics operations in warehouses, airports, and ports.
Project start and end: 01/2021 - 31/12/2023
Launched in December 2016, mySMARTlife - Smart Transition of EU cities towards a new concept of smart Life and Economy - must define an urban energy transition strategy based on technological innovation and the experimentation of new business models. Three major European cities, Nantes, Hamburg and Helsinki, are the main areas for experimentation. Following rigorous evaluation, the solutions tested (electro-mobility, citizen participation, renewable energy production and storage, urban data management, intelligent public lighting management, etc.) are intended to be duplicated in other European cities. Under the coordination of Spain's CARTIF, 28 partners from 7 Member States are working together until October 2021.
Cerema led the situational analysis in the Nantes urban context. This analysis contributes to defining the assessment methodology for the solutions tested, and its implementation on the Nantes demonstrator.
Project start and end: 12/2016 – 10/2021
FCCIS - Future Circular Collider Innovation Study
CERN (European Council for Nuclear Research, now the European Organization for Nuclear Research) builds and operates a complex of particle accelerators that is unique in the world, with the aim of understanding the composition of the universe and how it works. Current accelerators have made some remarkable discoveries, but questions remain. To answer them, CERN is studying the feasibility of a future circular collider (FCC) placed in a tunnel some 90 km long on French and Swiss territory. The results of this feasibility study are expected by the end of 2025, enabling discussions on the possible construction of this major scientific facility.
As part of the European FCCIS project, Cerema is contributing its technical expertise on risks, environment, mobility and planning, with a particular focus on the territorial constraints associated with infrastructure placement, the transnational environmental assessment framework, the management of excavated materials and territorial impacts.
Project start and finish: November 2020 - October 2024
For more information: Project website
Human activities are mainly at the root of the massive collapse in biodiversity that is currently taking place. "In most parts of the world today, nature has been significantly altered by multiple human factors, and the vast majority of ecosystem and biodiversity indicators show a rapid decline. In total, 75% of the earth's surface is significantly altered...". Transport activities and infrastructures bear a share of the responsibility. However, solutions have been put in place since the early 1960s, and efforts to reduce the impact of infrastructures on biodiversity are growing all over the world, and particularly in Europe. The aim of the Horizon Europe BISON (Biodiversity and Infrastructure Synergies and Opportunities for European Transport Networks) project is to draw up a Europe-wide assessment of the actions, tools and practices applied throughout the life of a transport and energy infrastructure project that promote better integration of biodiversity. The best of these tools and techniques were selected for dissemination across the continent. This process also made it possible to reveal the barriers to their dissemination and local appropriation, to detect gaps in technical and scientific knowledge, and to identify the most up-to-date emerging themes. These elements were after several analyses then used to define a Strategic Research and Deployment Agenda (SRDA), revealing the research themes that remain to be investigated and based in particular on the dissemination of knowledge and. In this regard, an online technical handbook and guides on tools and technics, regulation and defragmentation has been produced by the BISON team for the benefit of the European Union. Cerema (and most of the Territorial Divisions as well as the DTecREM, managed by DTerSud-Ouest) has been heavily involved in all the WorkPackages of this BISON project, being the 6th in terms of the share of the overall BISON project budget allocated to Cerema, out of a total of 42 European partners. Thanks to this BISON project, Cerema is now seen as a key partner by most players in the field of biodiversity and transport infrastructure. All the deliverables from the BISON project will be available just before the end of the project on December 2023.
For further information: Website project
INTERREG PROGRAMMES (ERDF)
AGEO, Atlantic Geohazard Platform, is a project funded by the Interreg Atlantic Area programme (ERDF). It aims to develop Citizen Observatory demonstrators for geological risks (coastal risks, land movements, seismicity in particular) in order to improve the management of these risks (prevention, monitoring, surveillance and operational capacities) and cooperation at the Atlantic Arc level (Portugal, Spain, France, Ireland, United Kingdom). These observatories will notably integrate new solutions based on participatory and collaborative sciences, and on Copernicus data services. The demonstrator supported by the French partners is an observatory of coastal vulnerability to risks of erosion and submersion in regions in Brittany.
Cerema is working in close collaboration with the University of Western Brittany (UBO) to develop and deploy in Brittany an observatory of coastal vulnerability to risks and submersion. Cerema participates in the development of the index of systemic coastal vulnerability to risks and supports the transfer of the observatory to managers of the regions: specifications for the Web interface software tool, conducting workshops with local stakeholders, implementation manual, training, transfer to regional stakeholders.
Project start and end: June 2019 - May 2022
Inundatio is a project funded by Interreg Sudoe (South West European Area). It offers a model of a flash flood management system in upstream watersheds. This model will be based on the hydrological characterisation of the watershed concerned, characterisation of the hazard, analysis of historical and real-time data, development of risk scenarios and analysis of the vulnerability of human lives and buildings. The project will be deployed to the upstream watersheds of South-western European (the Pyrenees for France), vulnerable to torrential flooding and lacking early warning systems.
Cerema will develop a modelling system to alert local crisis managers in the event of an imminent risk of flooding in small rivers. In collaboration with the managers, it will seek to enrich the network of sensors. It will also help develop hydrographic mapping by testing new GIS methods. It will analyse the interactions between watercourses and buildings and will study the optimum positioning of temporary anti-runoff protection.
Project start and end: 07/2019 - 12/2021
RISVAL - Seismic risk and alpine vulnerability - is a cross-border cooperation project between alpine valley communities, funded by Interreg ALCOTRA (France-Italy). RISVAL aims to better characterise the seismic risk of the Alpine border region, which is most often subjected to low-intensity earthquakes but potentially destructive events (every 30 years or so). One of the objectives of RISVAL is to enable macro-seismic intensities to be rapidly characterised after an event. Shared tools will also be developed to describe the vulnerability of buildings and strategic infrastructures. Coordinated by the Aosta Valley Autonomous Region (Italy), RISVAL involves regional and local authorities in the development of seismic risk management tools: common database structures to improve knowledge and cross-border risk management, innovative cross-border surveillance system and cross-border strategies to reduce the consequences of seismic risks.
Cerema offers its knowledge of the terrain and its experience to improve major movement prediction maps (shakemaps) in near-real time. It also carries out on-site measurements to estimate the vulnerability of road engineering structures (A51 and access viaduct to the Mont Blanc tunnel, known as the Egratz).
Project start and end: 06/2017 – 06/2020
For further information: Cerema project sheet
The realisation of managed realignment of the Hedwige-Prosperpolder at the Dutch/Belgian-border offered a unique opportunity to learn more about the strength of real dikes under simulated extreme conditions as well as to exercise with state-of-the-art emergency response tools and techniques. On one hand, numerous destructive tests have been executed on levee sections with presence of animal burrows, cliffs, trees, vegetation and on the other hand the exercises for emergency response have been organised in practice.
Project start and end: 01/12/2019 - 30/09/2022
For further information: Website project
The BRIC (Building Resilience in Flood Disadvantaged Communities) research project is funded as part of the Interreg Channel programme. Its aim is to create sustainable local cooperation networks to improve flood resilience. The hypothesis of the project was that social ties encourage collective initiatives and strengthen resilience to flooding and the effects of climate change. Involving local people and raising awareness of flood risks was at the heart of all the project's activities. Reaching a disadvantaged audience was also one of the objectives. This required specific approaches based on solid partnerships with local structures in order to anchor actions over the long term.
Cerema is one of eight partners in the project led by Plymouth City Council, and has worked more specifically on the experimental sites in the Aulne Valley (29) and the Risle Valley (27).
Project start and end: February 2021-March 2023
For further information: Website project
LIFE-ADSORB is a project funded by the European Life programme. It implements and tests an innovative prototype for the effective retention of rainwater pollutants from road run-off, released into the natural environment. It focuses on reducing organic and mineral micro-pollutants: metals, suspended solids (SS), hydrocarbons and other environmental toxic substances (phthalates, alkylphenols, perfluorinated compounds, etc.) whether present in dissolved or particulate form. LIFE-ADSORB is led by the city of Paris and brings together academic research laboratories (INRA and ENPC), Cerema and the engineering and research office EcoBird.
Cerema leads the assessment of the filter's effectiveness and contributes directly to the instrumentation, acceptance testing and modelling phases of the filter. It carries out some analyses of micro-pollutants and participates in the environmental assessment for the life cycle analysis (LCA) section.
Project start and end: July 2018 - September 2023
Learn more: LIFE-ADSORB project sheet
Launched at the end of 2021 under the auspices of the Provence Alpes Cotes d'Azur d'Azur, the LIFE Heat&Cool project aims to develop heating and cooling networks based on renewable and recovered energies. It is part of the region's strategy to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 and adapting to climate change. The project mobilizes 8 partners and is made up of 19 actions that explore the full range of tools and levers to promote deployment of district heating networks : opportunity assessment, planning, certification procedures, technical and economic decision-support tools, invoicing, legal arrangements, participatory or awareness-raising, training and support for local to help local authorities set up their projects.
Cerema is particularly involved in 3 actions involving development of a tool to identify the potential of heating and cooling networks, taking them into account in urban planning documents urban planning documents, and updating existing assessment and labelling and labeling procedures.
Project start and end: 2021 – 2026
MLA3 (Slow movements in the Alps: Anticipate and Develop) is a project co-funded under the Interregional Program of the Alps Range (POIA-ERDF) managed by the Provence Alpes Côte d'Azur region (in partnership with the Auvergne Rhône Alpes region).
It aims to better understand and model slow clay-type landslides, in a context of climate change, in order to better anticipate them and consider development in the affected areas. The project is based on the monitoring of pilot sites along the RN85 (Route Napoléon). For each pilot site, the project involves discussion with all the stakeholders of the affected regions (one third of the budget devoted to Human and Social Sciences) to improve the management of the risk related to this type of slowly evolving phenomenon. Four municipalities are involved, along with the Isère Departmental Council and the Interdepartmental Roads Directorate (DIR) Mediterranean, the Isère mountain land restoration service (RTM 38) and the Pôle Alpin des Risques Naturels (PARN) .
Cerema is involved in all 4 aspects of the project: (A) characterisation of massifs and knowledge of the sliding mechanisms at work, (B) instrumentation and monitoring of movements, (C) modelling to anticipate and (D) discussion around the management of risks induced by slow landslides.
Project start and end: 04/2018 - 03/2021
FENIX,« A European FEderated Network of Information eXchange in Logistics», is a project funded by the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF). It aims to deploy and test intelligent transport services (ITSs) for freight and logistics on a dozen European multimodal exchange and transport corridors, three of which are in France. FENIX is coordinated by ERTICO and brings together 26 partners from 12 European countries, including 6 French partners. It is a continuation of the AEOLIX (Horizon 2020) project, of which Cerema is a partner.
Cerema supports the deployment of equipment and services pertaining to the access and port area of the Grand Port Maritime de Marseille as part of the Lyon-Avignon-Marseille Mediterranean corridor. Cerema integrates the dematerialisation of transport procedures, particularly those relating to hazardous goods, into the project.
Project start and end: April 2019 - March 2022
InterCor is a project funded by the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF). It is a pilot deployment project of cooperative intelligent transport systems and services (C-ITS) with a more specific focus on freight and heavy traffic. The network covered is in France, England, Flanders and the Netherlands (London- Lille - Paris - Rotterdam). InterCor drives the C-ROADS platform.
Cerema is not a partner in the Intercor project, but provides support to the Interdepartmental Directorates of the Roads Involved (DIR).
Project start and end: 09/2016 – 02/2020
For further information: CEF programme InterCor Sheet
The main objective of the project MSP-OR (Advancing maritime spatial planning in outermost regions) is to support MSP competent authorities in Portugal (Azores and Madeira) and Spain (Canary Islands) in advancing the implementation of their MSP processes, launched with the previous MarSP project; and in France (French Guiana) advancing with knowledge, providing grounds to launching and adopting the principles of MSP. During the three years of the project, important developments will be tailored, according to the specific needs of each participating region, such as filling knowledge gaps, training actions and interactive stakeholder involvement, sectoral planning approach and ecosystem approach applied at a regional level.
Project start and end: october 2021 - september 2023
Application of innovation for the development of the circular economy for sustainable construction in the Mediterranean. The RE-MED project is funded by the « IEV CTFT Mediterranean Maritime Basin» for Cross-Border Cooperation programme (IEV CTF Med 2014-2020) co-funded by the European Union under the European Neighbourhood Instrument.
The RE-MED project plans to transfer and test technologies to convert construction and demolition waste into resources to reduce environmental and health impacts due to failures in the management of this type of waste. The challenge of this technology transfer is to start the construction of a construction and demolition waste recycling circuit and to turn it into a lever for the social, environmental and digital transition of the Mediterranean regions.
The project will involve structured training, decision support tools (methodological guides, business models, data sharing platform, environmental impact calculations, standards projects) and testing of new technologies (BIM, 3D modelling of road degradation readings). It links research stakeholders (universities, technical centres) with SMEs and industrialists (construction companies, quarries, etc.) involved in the chain of activity related to construction and demolition waste (production, sorting, processing, and recovery).
Project start and end: September 2020 to March 2023
For further information: Programme website
AUTREMENT is a European cooperative project involving the City of Strasbourg - as project leader -, the municipalities of Kairouan and Mahdia (Tunisia), ALDA, CODATU, and CEREMA, co-financed by the European Union.
Its objective is to promote active mobility and enhance citizen participation in urban planning in Kairouan and Mahdia.
The project includes four main actions:
Strengthening local capacities and governance | Communication, visibility, and sharing of experiences | Citizen mobilization and awareness-raising | Public space development.