Stage M2 – Towards eco-responsible laboratory practices: pilot study on the feasibility of reducing single-use plastics

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INRAE ​​presentation

The National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and the Environment (INRAE) is a public research institute that brings together a working community of 12,000 people, with 268 unit research, service e experimental, implanted in 18 centers On everything France. INRAE ​​is one of the very first world leaders in agricultural and food sciences, plant and animal sciences. His research aims to build solutions for multi-performance agriculture, quality nutrition and sustainable management of resources and ecosystems.

Work environment, missions and activities

As our emissions of plastic waste continue to rise, the world of research must participate more than ever in the global effort to combat this persistent pollution and thus participate in reducing the plastic particulate footprint. In fact, beyond the large immobilized equipment, the experimental activities of the laboratories are consuming more and more plastic materials for common uses that have never been questioned so far. These laboratory plastics, by definition non-recyclable, are discarded and then incinerated, accumulated in landfills or, at best, stored in the form of a new object (decycling).

To date, there is no tool that concretely helps laboratories to enter a dynamic of reducing the use of plastic (as recommended in the waste hierarchy). We propose to develop an innovative pilot methodology that allows first to create an inventory of a laboratory’s plastic footprint, then to evaluate the feasibility of replacing plastic with other practices or materials to mitigate the risks associated with that footprint.

This methodology, developed by the Research Units (UR) “EABX – Aquatic Ecosystems and Global Changes” of Cestas and “IATE – Engineering of agropolymers and emerging technologies” of Montpellier, aims to be tested in other laboratories of the Center Nouvelle-Aquitaine Bordeaux. .

This test is the subject of the course we offer.

The results expected by the intern are:

– draw up a typology of the laboratory activities carried out in the partner units of the Center, and deduce the list of plastic equipment, in particular disposable, the most used in terms of frequency and quantity. A high and low estimate will be made of the quantities consumed and released over a year. This estimate will be based on the study of orders and / or on the collection and weighing of waste plastic in a given period.

The different types of plastics will be classified according to their nature and functionality in the conditions of use in the laboratory and their essential nature or replaceable with other practices or other materials.

– apply the plastic replacement methodology to the Centre’s partner units in order to refine the process and make it more generic.

– draw up a final report.

This will involve field work, in collaboration with sustainable development relays and laboratory managers.

It should be noted that the “EABX” RU of the INRA Center Nouvelle-Aquitaine Bordeaux, focused on the theme of aquatic environments and global changes, is engaged in an environmental transition process (pilot laboratory of the Labos1point5 initiative).

You Sara welcomed-water Otherwise from Unit research ” Aquatic ecosystems and global changes “(EABX) to BasketJournal (33). You it will work under the coordination of Directorassistant from Unit (Juliet rosemary) and the host from CommitteeDevelopment Sustainable “of Unit (Isabella Hallgand).

6 months internship since February or by March 2023.

Training and skills sought

Recommended training: Master 2 in Environmental Management / Sustainable Development

The candidate must demonstrate a strong interest in the environmental cause and have a general understanding of the climate crisis and the means to address it. Any involvement in collective transition projects will be an advantage.

The trainee being required to collaborate with staff of the UR and other INRAE ​​services (shared division, etc.), of various activities and categories, an excellent ability to cooperate and adapt is required.

Various skills will be appreciated:

– in particular of an IT nature (database queries, file manipulation with various tools, script writing),

– scientific in nature (identification of possible errors in data and calculations),

– documentary (search for documents, scientific monitoring),

– in terms of communication (production of materials and questionnaires, organization of meetings and workshops).

Writing skills and a good command of French spelling and grammar would be an advantage.

Your quality of life at INRAE

By joining INRAE, you benefit (depending on the type of contract and its duration):

– 2.5 days of vacation every month of actual presence
– sporting and cultural activities;
– collective catering.

How to apply

To apply

Items to be supplied:

CV and cover letter

Shipping Methods:

E-mail with subject “ REDPLAST internship application

Deadline :



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