Teaching and research chairs are also open within IFPEN or IFP School.

Chairs feed initial and ongoing reflection processes, thereby making it possible to train professionals capable of addressing the energy challenges of the future. They provide a forum for debate concerning innovation, whereby all players, private and public, can meet and discuss the relevant issues.


IFPEN is directly involved in two chairs.

In 2018, a chair was launched bringing together IFPEN and the chemistry laboratory at ENS Lyon Lyon and IDEX de Lyon: the ROAD4CAT (RatiOnAl Design for CATalysis) chair in the field of molecular modeling for catalysis led by an IFPEN researcher (Pascal Raybaud). 

Moreover, since 2016, IFPEN has been contributing to Oquaido, an applied mathematics chair based at the École des Mines engineering school in Saint-Étienne. This 4-year chair is made up of a consortium of 11 partners (including IFPEN), who have joined forces for a period of four years to resolve problems concerning the propagation of uncertainty, sensitivity analysis, optimization, inversion and calibration.
>> Visit the Oquaido chair website. 

Since July 1, 2019, Fadi Henri Nader, a researcher from IFPEN, has been appointed Professor of "Multiscale fluid-rock interactions", a new chair, at the Utrecht University, for five years. The chair will lead to teaching and research collaboration actions, taking advantage of the skills of IFPEN's Geosciences Division on the topic of multiscale fluid-rock interactions, in particular for supervising internships and thesis work. 
>> Find out more about this chair.



Since 2008, eight education and research chairs have been launched at IFP School with the support of the Tuck Foundation, industrial partners and the Association pour la Formation Industrie. These chairs contribute to the development of new teaching programs as well as to the training of PhD students and post-doctoral researchers.

Four chairs dedicated to the topics of “Reservoir Sedimentology and Modeling”, “Hybrid Vehicles and Energy Control”, “Thermodynamics for Fuels Produced from Biomass” and “Biofuels” are now closed. 
The “Economic Modeling Applied to the Environment and Energies”, “Electricity and Digital Transition Economy” and “Electric, Connected and Autonomous Vehicles for Smart Mobility (ECAV)” chairs were launched in 2012, 2018 and 2019 respectively. 
The most recent chair was launched in mid-2019 thanks to the support of Total. It is dedicated to the theme of “Carbon Management and Negative CO2 Emissions Technologies Towards a Low Carbon Future” (CarMa).

Holders of these chairs are IFPEN/IFP School personnel who have access to IFP School’s and IFPEN’s facilities.