Institutes and other establishments

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In addition to the research departments and laboratories, the university includes specialised institutes and other entities that play a role in its scientific vitality.

Photo : A building of more than 10,000 m² built on the Inrae campus in Villenave d'Ornon houses some research teams and more than 600 students who attend the Institute of Vine and Wine Sciences (ISVV) © Gautier Dufau
A building of more than 10,000 m² built on the Inrae campus in Villenave d'Ornon houses some research teams and more than 600 students who attend the Institute of Vine and Wine Sciences (ISVV) © Gautier Dufau

Some knowledge-producing establishments cannot be categorised conventionally due to their specific nature. These include establishments with activities extending beyond research as well as co-constructions coordinated with certain University of Bordeaux partners.

IHU Liryc

Liryc is one of the six University-Hospital Institutes (IHU) created by the French government in 2011 as part of the Investments for the Future Programme with the aim of boosting medical research and innovation in France.

Jointly supported by the University of Bordeaux and the Bordeaux University Hospital (CHU), combining research, innovation, care and training, the Liryc university-hospital institute provides new solutions to cardiac arrhythmias: atrial fibrillation, ventricular fibrillation, which is responsible for sudden cardiac death, and heart failure of electrical origin.

Liryc researchers and doctors have made major scientific advances in the fields of ventricular and atrial fibrillations, and cardiac resynchronisation. Their research has led to new therapeutic strategies that are being implemented worldwide. 

Liryc's uniqueness lies in the fact that it brings together very diverse and complementary scientific expertise in a single complex, alongside clinical teams of international standing. This IHU's teams publish numerous articles and research work on a regular basis, and are ranked 9th among international universities in cardiac electrophysiology, alongside prestigious institutions such as Harvard Medical School and the Mayo Clinic.

The Liryc Institute

Liryc brings together researchers, doctors, engineers, national and international experts around patient care in a unique technological environment.

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  • 162


  • 101

    clinical trials


  • 16



  • 1,669


  • 3



  • 5,554


    in 2020

Institute of Vine & Wine Science (ISVV)

At the heart of the world's leading wine-producing region, the University of Bordeaux ​Institute of Vine and Wine Science (ISVV) is a multidisciplinary centre for research, higher education and development with a unique organisation aimed at meeting viticultural challenges, present and future, in close collaboration with Inrae and Bordeaux's other higher education institutions.

ISVV is a component of the University of Bordeaux constantly tuned in to the concerns of the wine industry and which strives to anticipate the challenges of tomorrow. As a result, the Institute is one of the leading centres for research, training and technology transfer dealing with vines and wine throughout Europe and the world.

Among the projects led by the Institute, VITADAPT started in 2007 is aimed at studying the behaviour of Bordeaux grape varietals in the context of climate change, and testing the adaptation and potential of possible candidates for introduction into the Bordeaux vineyard.


At the ISVV, multidisciplinary research focuses on three major stimulating and unifying topics: environment, typicity/quality and markets.

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  • 250


  • 600


    a year

  • 60


    certified a year

  • 55


    international, academic and professional

  • 10


    of experimental vineyards

  • 3,000

    sqm cultivation

    in greenhouses

Aquitaine Observatory of Universe Sciences (OASU)

The University of Bordeaux is also home to the Aquitaine Observatory of Universe Sciences (OASU). The Observatory contributes to the progress of knowledge by acquiring, archiving and exploiting observation data in universe and environmental sciences.

It provides research units within its scope as well as the national and international community with services related to their research activities. It plays an active role in defining and implementing research synergies in its field.

OASU relies on a joint service unit POREA (a multidisciplinary approach for Environmental and Astronomical Observation and Research) to carry out its missions. It is co-supervised by the University of Bordeaux, CNRS, INRAE and La Rochelle Université.

The fields of research covered by the OASU laboratories range from coastal oceanographymarine geosciences, and the study of the coastal domain in a context of global change to star formation, not to mention atmospheric and surface properties of planets, as well as questions dealing with climate, habitability or the search for life.


Within the framework of its missions, OASU contributes to the initial and continuing education of students, the permanent training of all its staff and promotes the dissemination of knowledge to the general public.

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