Prof. Louis Cot, honorary president and founding member of the Chair, launched in 2012 an original program of collaboration between the network of UNESCO Chairs and the one of associated schools of UNESCO, which includes the Technological High School Jean-Baptiste Dumas (JBD) from Alès.

Objective 1: Strengthen the links between higher and secondary education

This collaboration makes possible to deepen the training offered in technical fields: reception of trainees at the IEM, visits of teachers, joint participation in seminars (ex: HydroGaïa)

Objective 2: Develop a filtration pilot for educational purposes

This pilot is intended to be used in Practical Work by students in Bac Pro, with as an example of application the treatment of rainwater in the Ethobotanical Gardens of La Gardie, located in the Cévennes biosphere reserve.

This project is now part of a global institutional approach through the international project “Today for tomorrow“, carried by the ASPnet of Associated Schools of UNESCO.

A teacher-researcher and two technicians from the IEM, host laboratory of the UNESCO Chair SIMEV, collaborate with the teaching staff of the Technological Highschool to design a pilot for educational purposes. The exchanges allow to specify the material needs and the possible constraints of manufacture / implementation.

High school students in professional training of machining technician (Bac Pro TU), Industrial Boiler Technician (Bac Pro TCI) or Electricity Trades and Connected Environments (Bac Pro MELEC) are actively involved in the project. For example, students graduating from Bac Pro TU in June 2017 were able to manufacture three aluminum filtration modules.

To find out more about the equipment and training of Lycée JBD

Visit to the IEM laboratory organized in March 2018 by Toufik Akouz, UNESCO Coordinator at JBD High School. From left to right: Jean-Louis Llamas (boiler teacher, JBD high school), Loubna ATFANE (Halle pilot IEM manager), Patrice MONTELS (mechanical workshop leader, IEM) and Éric Darcos (high school automated systems teacher JBD).

 Example of application: rainwater treatment in the ethnobotanical gardens of La Gardie.

Once completed, the filtration pilot will have several applications.

  • Pilot show at JBD High School

    pedagogical and cultural interest through the demonstrations presented to students and adults concerned. Accessible and concrete symbol of collaboration between the UNESCO SIMEV Chair and the JBD High School as an associated school for education for sustainable development and citizenship of the world.

  • Reflection and awareness around the treatment of rainwater

    such a system would treat rainwater to make it suitable for watering (orchard / vegetable garden)