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The Center of Energy and Processes (CEP) was created in late 1976 in an energy crisis setting which followed a period of abundant supply. After an initial period where the research subjects were focused mainly on solar energy and energy storage, the activities progressively evolved along with the broadening of the research topics. They were reinforced in 1991 by new abilities in teledetection and geographical information, and, more recently, with the integration of the research teams from the old Reactors and Processes Center. The work done by the center now reaches far beyond the energy sector. However they still have the same structuring theme : Energy and Technological Innovation. This research tackles scientific problems, but also more technical problems and economic issues. 

Aimed at natural resource economy ever since its creation, the CERNA quickly became a Center for Industrial Economy and has broadened its research field to several economic sectors. The approach favors the analysis of evolution dynamics, based on in-depth studies chosen in fields and countries with great evolution. The theoretical issues built from these studies permitted the modification of the approaches to company strategy questions and public policy such as taking into account environmental preoccupations, the industrial evolution of ex-socialist countries, the arms industry restructuration, deregulation of state enterprises, the digital economy. The research domain of the CERNA are in constant evolution to be able to explore brand new domains and open up new perspectives, even though its research is always linked to issues regarding State - Industry relations (the role of the state and the markets, policy) and the main evolutionary tendencies of the organization of the industry (degree of integration, subcontracting and partnerships, networks). 

Since 2006, the Geosciences center studies all of the scientific issues related to the earth and the environment: Engineering Geology, Geotechnics and underground resources, Geophysics and Geostatistics (this specialty is also linked to the mathematic morphology center). This new structure permits, using the synergism between the different centers, to explore new fields, such as CO2 storage or deep geothermy on fractured rocks. The four principal themes are natural resources, long term stability of geological terrain and buildings, the uncertainty of natural risks, anthropised environments. In the contect of energetic resource scarcity and a renewal of coal and uranium fields, the efforts are concentrated on primary energy supply (oil, coal, uranium), geological storage (radioactive products, CO2), environmental impacts, including water and soil pollution.