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The Missions of the OVSQ


OVSQ - Spearheading sustainable development for UVSQ

The OVSQ actively participates in the fields of climate change and sustainable development at national, European and international levels.

It develops sustainable territories and eco-innovation in association with the Fondaterra foundation and the international industrial chair, Econoving.

The missions of the OVSQ are in the closely linked areas of observation, education and research.


The OVSQ takes part in numerous space programs supported globes terrestresby the CNES(1)  and the ESA(2). It participates in international monitoring agreements of the Earth and its atmosphere and observes both natural and human environments.

The OVSQ provides a full and complete observation service with regular updating and development of instruments and protocols and the collection, analysis, interpretation and dissemination of data.

Objective : To better understand the changes in our environment changes including their socio-economic and health impacts


The OVSQ aims to encourage the new generation to think, decide and act in the field of sustainable development field based on observation data and study of the sciences of the environment.  

Education at the OVSQ offers students an interdisciplinary culture giving them different perspectives through the economic, human, social, and environmental sciences (Master programme - environmental, territorial and economical sciences, SETE - www.uvsq.fr)

The intention is to train professional people in the skills and compentencies required by the socio-economic actors of the 21st century: sustainable development project management, risk management, design and planning for eco-constructions.


The OVSQ contributes to global environmental governance through the climate research undertaken by the laboratories in the Pierre-Simon Laplace Institute and their participation in the Intergovernamental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC).

The OVSQ will lead the efforts of UVSQ at the heart of the new Paris-Saclay reseach centre on climate-environment-energy. 

The OVSQ centralises the UVSQ contribution to the European KIC Climate project on climate knowledge and innovation.

(1) CNES - Centre National d'Etude Spatiale/ National Centre of Space Studies
(2) ESA - European Space Agency


Last update of this page : October 22, 2012