Chrono Environnement

A research unit


The Chrono-environnement laboratory, attached to the Université de Franche-Comté, is a research unit (UMR) under the supervision of the CNRS (three of its institutes – INEE, INSHS and INSU) and UBFC. It is a member of the MSHE Ledoux and the OSU THETA, and is associated with the Institut national de recherches archéologiques préventives (INRAP), the French Ministry of Culture and the CEA.


The Chrono-environnement Laboratory was created on January 1, 2008 by the merger of the Chrono-écologie Laboratory, the Laboratory of Environmental Biology, the Laboratory of Earth Sciences, the Laboratory of Health and Rural Environment of Franche-Comté and the Laboratory of Pathophysiology and Epidemiology of Infectious Drug Resistance.
In 2012, the Chemistry, Physics and Radiation Laboratory and the IRMA group (Informatics and Radiation Physics for Medical Applications) joined Chrono-environnement.
In 2023, the Chrono-Environnement laboratory has about 270 researchers and research support staff, including 50 Phd students and postdoctoral fellows. The common concept that unites all these members is to understand the present and past interactions between humans and the environment in order to predict and prevent the consequences of global change.


The unit has always had a dual mission in teaching and research. The teaching and research staff is instrumental in organising the teaching programme, directs the Transbio Graduate School, and runs 6 master’s programmes:
– ASA archaeology: archaeology, science for archaeology (jointly accredited with University of Burgundy)
– EMME: Ecology, Monitoring and Management of Ecosystems (international master’s degree)
– 3GD: Georesources, geohazards, geotechnics (CMI)
– GDE: Sustainable Environmental Management (CMI)
– MAGE: Microbiology, antibiotic resistance, genomics and epidemiology
– QUEST: Water, soil and treatment quality
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