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 UNESCO Associated Schools (ASPnet), 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. It could also be used in the frame of public expositions around water treatment.

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

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.

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

Filtration module made by students from Lycée JBD and drawing of the pilot being structured

Students (Bac Pro, BTS) are actively involved in the project:

  • the machining phase implemented by students of BacProTU resulted in the production of 3 filtration modules in which membrane will be integrated
  • In 2019, the BTS students are involved in assembling the pilot, with the construction of the frame and the automation system.

Once completed, the filtration pilot will have several applications.

  • Pilot show at JBD High School

    pedagogical and cultural interest through demonstrations presented to students and adults. 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)

 Example of application: rainwater treatment in the ethnobotanical gardens of La Gardie, located in the Cévennes biosphere reserve.