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INNOVATION AND CREATIVITY ARE FOUND IN THE ECONOMY AS WELL AS CULTURE
Auvergne is a world of innovation, where research and training are the engines. Auvergne relies on its students, with two universities and seven Grande Ecoles as well as numerous research centers. Auvergne welcomes, from every discipline, 45000 students and 6000 researchers in a number of organizations and in highly diversified fields.
Seven internationally-recognised ‘Grandes Ecoles’ / Graduate schools
IFMA – French Advanced Mechanics Institute
ISIMA – Computer-aided Design and Technology Superior Institute
POLYTECH – Engineering Sciences Institute
ENSCCF – State Superior School of Chemistry at Clermont-Ferrand
ENITA – State School of Agricultural Engineering
ESC Clermont – Superior School of Commerce – Clermont-Ferrand
ENGREF – State School of Rural Engineering for Water and Forests
National Research Centers
INRA – National Agronomy Research Institute
INSERM – National Health and Medical Research Institute
CRNH – Human Nutrition Research Center
CNEP – National Center for the Study of Photoprotection
CNRS – National Scientific Research Center
Technology Sharing Centers for Enhancing Innovation
Technological centers or technology-transfer platforms: Auvergne has developed several tools to allow companies to adapt an innovation after its initial research: Casimir, Regional Technology sharing center, Alliatech, Mecaprod, Forbois Auvergne.
Creativity: It’s also cultural!
Auvergne boasts a rich cultural heritage: 250 Roman structures (which make Auvergne one of the richest regions in Europe in for Roman structures) and several castles attest to this.
Today, Auvergne is known most of all for its vibrant and dynamic culture. The Region has an abundance of unique national and international festivals: The International Street Theater Festival in Aurillac (which draws more than 100000 people along 4 days), the International Short Film Festival (second festival in France in terms of visitors, second only to the Cannes Festival) and of course the music festivals in all their forms, from the Sacred Music Festival ‘la Chaise-Dieu’ to the Europavox rock, electro and hip-hop concerts.
Auvergne also benefits from state-of-the-art event facilities: the Zenith d’Auvergne, the Coopérative de Mai (a hall which hosts one of the best yearly programs in the country, which helped to make Clermont-Ferrand the most ‘rock’n’roll’ city in France), the Vulcania theme park or the National Center for Stage Costumes.
And finally the Region is proud of the business grouping, Le Damier, which strives to federate, professionalize and develop the competitiveness of companies in the music and film industry.