Laying of the first stone of the building of the Nice Institute of Physics

The foundation stone of the Nice Institute of Physics (INPHYNI), high place of the research in physics, was symbolically put on Thursday, November 14 in the presence of the principal leaders of the project and financers. This project, supported by Université Côte d'Azur and the CNRS, and financed under the Promising Campus Plan and the State-Region Planning Contract, will host by the summer of 2021, more than 130 people in an exemplary building on the technical, energy and environmental plans.

The Nice Institute of Physics was created in 2017 and results from the merger of two research laboratories: the Laboratory of Condensed Matter Physics historically based in Nice and the Nice Nonlinear Institute based in Sophia Antipolis.

Benefiting from a dual supervision University Côte d'Azur and CNRS, it brings together more than 130 people: researchers, professors, staff in support of research, students and PhD students. Recognized as a center of research in physics, ranging from basic research to innovation, the main applications developed at INPHYNI focus on:

  •     environment and health: microfiltration, magnetic assistance depollution, mushroom growth,
  •     artificial intelligence: intelligent swimming robots, new algorithms,
  •     classical and quantum optical communication: secure data exchanges,
  •     Metrology: new lasers for medicine.


In close interaction with companies, INPHYNI researchers also develop applied research that meets the needs of companies.

Project carried by Université Côte d'Azur, INPHYNI will be an important player in the future campus of the Eco Valley Plaine du Var, in the heart of the future technology park Nice Meridia. Opened on the University Course, this building of 5000 m2, designed by the architectural firm AIA Life Designers, will be exemplary in technical, energy and environmental terms.

With this operation for an amount of 23 000 000 € HT, funded up to 15 000 000 € by the promising campus plan, and 8 000 000 € by the State-Region Planning Contract (4 000 000 € by the State and € 4 000 000 by the Provence Alpes Côte d'Azur Region), Université Côte d'Azur confirms its presence in the heart of the Eco Valley Plaine du Var.

The first stone was laid in the presence of Mr Bernard GONZALEZ, Prefect of the Alpes Maritimes, representing Mr Pierre DARTOUT, Prefect of the Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur Region, Mr Christian ESTROSI, Mayor of Nice, President of the Nice Côte Métropole d'Azur, Delegate President of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur Region and Jean-Marc GAMBAUDO, President of Université Côte d'Azur.

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