Le Mans University is proud of its commitment to quality public and partnership research, an essential driver for the development of higher education. The University is developing diversified and quality research activities backed by laboratories that are open to societal issues. These laboratories, several of which are associated with the CNRS, enjoy national and international recognition.

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Key statistics

  • 15 laboratories, 6 mixed University-CNRS research units
  • 390 researchers and teachers-researchers
  • 10 doctoral schools
  • 260 phD students

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3L.AM - Langues, Littératures, Linguistiques des Universités du Mans et d’Angers - Equipe d'Accueil 4335

3L.AM - Languages, Literature, Linguistics of Angers and Le Mans Universities - Research group 4335

Universities of Angers and Le Mans 


The 3L.AM Research Center is one of the largest units in human and social sciences in the Pays de la Loire. The team brings together specialists in civilization, literature, philosophy, linguistics, film studies, new technologies and more generally digital humanities. Different eras and geographical and cultural areas are studied.
The Research Center’s studies into children and young adult literature as well as on reading practices, from print to digital, are recognised at national and international levels.


 115 people including:
67 researchers and teachers-researchers | 38 at Le Mans
54 doctoral students | 27 at Le Mans
2 administrative and technical staff | 1 at Le Mans
postdoctoral fellows and/or engineers (depending on the currently funded programmes)


Organisation of conferences, symposia, presentations, exhibitions, in partnership with cultural sites or public and private institutions :

  • in Le Mans : the City of Le Mans (cultural services, Médiathèque Louis Aragon (multimedia library): heritage fund), Les Cinéastes cinema, L'Espal and La Fonderie theatres, Le Carré Plantagenêt, the university library, the Maison des Sciences Humaines du Mans (Le Mans House of Humanities),...
  • in Angers : Les 400 coups cinema, the Museum of Fine Arts, Le Quai theatre,...

Partnerships with the Pays de la Loire


 Publije, online literary criticism review, founded on the initiative of Le Mans teachers-researchers.


Director: Delphine LETORT | delphine.letort @

More informations:
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CReAAH - Centre de Recherche en Archéologie, Archéosciences, Histoire - UMR CNRS 6566

Centre for research in Archeology, Archeo-sciences, History (CReAAH) - UMR CNRS 6566

Universities of Nantes, Rennes 1, Rennes 2 and Le Mans, Ministry of Culture, CNRS


Archaeology (archaia) and history (historiè) are the sciences that study the past. They were forged and practised in the 5th century B.C. by Herodotus and Thucydides. They seek to understand ancient human societies through material vestiges, artefacts or ecofacts, and textual and illustrated/iconographic documents. This knowledge makes it possible to take a long-range and explanatory look at current societies. The laboratory studies the societies of Antiquity and the Middle Ages and more specifically addresses the themes of landscapes and the environment, colonisation and interchanges, cultural and social identities.


 140 people including:
77 researchers and teachers-researchers | 6 at Le Mans
30 doctoral students | 10 at Le Mans
33 administrative and technical staff | 3 at Le Mans



  • Close cooperation with other French, European and international laboratories, including in Italy, Romania, Greece, Israel, Morocco, Australia and Spain.
  • Close partnerships with Cultural Affairs Directorates, Regional Archaeology Services, Heritage, Culture and Archaeology departments of local authorities, particularly in Western France, INRAP, ADRAMAR, private archaeology companies (Archeodunum, Dendrotech, Evéha, Hades), the ONF (National Forestry Office), the natural parks of Normandy-Maine and Baronnies provençales, French schools abroad.


Robotic laser tacheometer, Atlantic and Mediterranean charcoals collection.
The scientific positioning of the laboratory is situated at the interface of Humanities and social science and biological, chemical and physical earth sciences in order to develop archaeosciences. The projects carried out have strong territorial roots (Ancient walls of Le Mans, medieval Mainiote fortifications, habitat and activities in the forest of Perseigne/Bercé).


Director: Marie-Yvane Daire (Rennes 2 University)
Head of the Le Mans site: Aline Durand |

More informations:

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CREN - Centre de Recherche en Education de Nantes - Equipe d'Accueil 2661

Nantes Research Center in Education (CREN-Le Mans) - Research group 2661

Universities of Le Mans and Nantes, ESPE Pays de la Loire

The CREN-Le Mans site brings together language science researchers specialising in the teaching of languages, French as a foreign language, in sociolinguistics, IT, educational sciences, and in information and communication sciences.
The researchers are involved in research topics related to educational innovation, whether digital or not: appropriation, dissemination and analysis of new training mechanisms in support of approaches relating to bi-multilingual education. 


28 people including:
17 researchers and teachers-researchers | 15 at Le Mans et 2 at Laval
1 Emeritus professor
9 doctoral students
1 administrative and technical staff


Collaborations with companies: ST Microelectronics, SOA/SARP, AFaLaC, etc.


The members of the laboratory have developed important relationships with the parties involved with National Education, including within the framework of the Bac-3 / Bac +3 liaison programme.



Co-directors: Pascal Leroux  | pascal.leroux @
and Christophe Michaut | (christophe.michaut @
Co-heads of The Le Mans Site: Aude Bretegnier | aude.bretegnier @ and Florent Carlier | (florent.carlier @

More informations:
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Space and Societies (ESO) - UMR CNRS 6590

Universities of Angers, Caen, Nantes, Rennes and Le Mans

The laboratory gathers geographers, regional and urban planners and researchers from other disciplines (sociology, environmental psychology, architecture).
From its historic roots in social geography, the UMR ESO’s scientific project has expanded into the spatial dimension of social relations and the study of inequalities in all their forms, using all of the disciplines represented in the laboratory.
The scientific objective is to contribute to the awareness and understanding of the spatial aspect of societies.


280 people
120 researchers, professors and assistant professors | 17 at Le Mans
130 doctoral students | 22 at Le Mans
20 administrative and technical staff | 4 at Le Mans


Local governements and agencies, Non-Profit Organizations, private compagnies, Le Mans Métropole, Syndicats mixtes de Pays (Le Mans, Haute Sarthe), Syndicats mixtes de Schéma d’aménagement et de gestion des eaux (Mayenne, Sarthe amont, Huisne), Pôle d'équilibre territorial et rural du Perche, Direction Départementale des Territoires (Sarthe, Mayenne), Conseil d'Architecture, d'Urbanisme et de l'Environnement, Chambres consulaires, Agence de l'Environnement et de la Maîtrise de l'Énergie, Agence française de développement, Processing companies - management of waste, commercial distribution and promotion and urban planning companies (Eiffage, SETEC). International collaborations are particularly dynamic with Tunisia, Cameroon, Algeria, Morocco,
Brazil, Canada and China.


  • Equipment: two drones registered with the CNRS and a large-format A0 printer
  • Multidisciplinarity: Geography, urban and regional planning, sociology, environmental psychology and Architecture and urban designer
  • From local territorial studies to international development projects

Member of TourismLab, Research Training and Innovation Institute in Pays de la Loire


Director: Emmanuelle Hellier (Rennes 2 University)
Director of the Le Mans site: Gérald Billard | gerald.billard @

More informations:
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GAINS - Groupe d’Analyse des Itinéraires et Niveaux Salariaux - Equipe d'accueil 2167

Group for the analysis of itineraries and wage levels (GAINS) - Research group 2167


GAINS consists of two teams: one in Economic Sciences (EURESEMans) and the other in Management Sciences (ARGUMans). The former works in macroeconomics and on the labour market, as well as on the analysis of risk and the demand for insurance or social protection linked to them. The latter develops its research in the study of organisations, accounting, control and auditing, marketing and the social and solidarity economy.
In 2008, GAINS was a founding member of the CNRS research federation “Travail, Emploi et Politiques Publiques - Institute for Labour, Employment and Public Policies” (TEPP) which now includes 10 laboratories.


 53 people including
37 teachers-researchers
15 doctoral students
1 administrative and technical member of staff



  • with national and international researchers
  • with national and international institutions (Central Banks, IMF, ILO, ECB, Compagnie Régionale des Commissaires aux Comptes (French Institute of Statutory Auditors), Ordre des Experts Comptables de la Sarthe (Sarthe Association of Registered Accountants, etc.)
  • and companies (COVEA, MGEN, MAIF, Fédération Nationale de la Mutualité Française, Mutualité Pays de la Loire, etc.)

  • Initiator of the PANORisk project (development of decision-making support tools), supported by the Pays de la Loire Region
  • Holder of the Chair in Social and Solidarity Economics, the Chair in Accounting-Control-Audit and the Chair in Computer Science and Econometrics of Insurance.

Member of the Institute of Risk and Insurance (IRA), supported by Le Mans Université



Director: François Langot | franç (francois.langot @
Deputy Director: Mehdi Nekhili | mehdi.nekhili @

More informations:
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Géosciences Le Mans - UMR CNRS 6112

Le Mans Geosciences - Laboratory of Planetology and Geodynamics (LPG) - UMR CNRS 6112

5 members associated with the LPG


The Le Mans Geosciences laboratory studies the interactions between rocks, fluids and geological deformations. These fluids can be found at the surface (water), within rocks, in porosity and/or fractures (water, gas, hydrocarbons), or in the form of viscous materials which will deform over various timescales: sand, clays, salt, magmas, etc.
The laboratory’s researchers are interested in the effects of these fluids in various geological contexts through observations in the field, laboratory analyses and experimental modelling.
The fields of application range from the exploitation of reservoirs (geothermal, hydrocarbons) to the dynamics of ice sheets and glaciers or the building of mountain ranges.


 12 people  (5 members associated with the LPG - UMR 6112) including
7 researchers and teachers-researchers
3 doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows
2 administrative and technical staff



5 permanent members are associated to the LPG - UMR 6112 (Nantes - Angers)

Collaborations with French and international laboratories (Norway, Canada, Argentina, etc.)

Partnership with companies thanks to the thematics of the laboratory (Total, Engie)


The only laboratory in Europe specialised in the experimental modelling of geological deformation phenomena involving interstitial fluids and fluid overpressure.
Experimental modelling labs dedicated to the simulation of natural deformation processes via scaled physical models.
Thin-section preparation workshop.



Director of Geosciences Le Mans: Alain Zanella | alain.zanella @

More informations:

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IMMM - Institut des Molécules et des Matériaux du Mans - UMR CNRS 6283

Institute of Molecules and Materiels of Le Mans (IMMM) - UMR CNRS 6283


The research activities of the institute are based on well-established know-how and recognised expertise of chemists, physico-chemists and physicists in the domain of materials. From the synthesis of organic molecules to the study of the physics of ultra-short phenomena, including the design, characterisation and modelling of new materials, the IMMM covers all of the subject areas in the physico-chemistry of matter. The areas of application are wide-ranging and can involve bioactive compounds, functional materials for the fields of energy, environment and sustainable development, healthcare, food industry, plastics, soft matter and optics.


 180 people including  
76 researchers and teachers-researchers
60 doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows
30 administrative and technical staff


The laboratory collaborates with many other sites in France and internationally: Japan, Poland, Thailand, Ukraine, Mexico, Tunisia, Lebanon, Morocco, Vietnam & USTH Franco-Vietnamese University,  Australia. The IMMM has also developed particularly dynamic relations with the socio-economic world: AREVA, ARKEMA, Bel, Danone, Hutchinson, Nestlé, Saft, Schlumberger, Solvay, STM, L'Oreal, Total, Unilever,...


State-of-the-art equipments in synthesis and formulation, microscopy, diffraction, local spectroscopies, radiation scattering, rheology, plasma, combined with innovative techniques constitute a unique and attractive instrumental platform at regional, national and international
levels. All of this equipment is  complemented by a platform for high performance
computing (HPC).



Director: Laurent Fontaine | dirumr6283 @

More informations:
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Manceau Mathematics Laboratory (LMM) - Research group 3263


The laboratory carries out research that is both theoretical and also applied to finance, insurance and to energy problems.

This research is structured around 2 axes: one axis on probabilities and financial mathematics and one axis on the statistics of processes and applications.

The aim of the work carried out within the LMM is to model random phenomena and to develop statistical and numerical methods in order to gain a better understanding of these “uncertain” phenomena.
This relates to “extreme” events in insurance and climatology, and the evolution in the price of an insurance or financial product, for example.


 22 people including
12 researchers and teachers-researchers and 1 associate professor 9 doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows
1 administrative and technical member of staff



  • École Polytechnique, Laboratoire d’acoustique de l’Université du Mans (LAUM), University of Tunis, KTH (Stockholm), Shandong (China), Hong Kong, Kiev, Dallas, Moscow, Mexico City, Universityof Texas (USA), etc.
  • Collaborations with the companies COVEA, EREN and EDF.

The laboratory is involved with 2 research projects supported by the Pays de la Loire Region: PANOrisk (development of decision-making support tools) and DEFIMATHS (promotion of mathematics in the west of France).
It is also a partner of the ANR CAESARS project (renewable energy issues).


Member of the Institute of Risk and Insurance (IRA), supported by Le Mans Université


Director:  Laurent Denis | laurent.denis @

More informations:
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LAUM - Laboratoire d’Acoustique de l’Université du Mans - UMR CNRS 6613

Laboratory of Acoustics of Le Mans Université (LAUM) - UMR CNRS 6613


Acoustics is the science of sounds. Acoustics is related to the production, transmission and reception of sound as well as its effects on living beings, the environment and matter. Acoustics is an integral part of the engineering and environmental sciences, health and life sciences as well as humanities and social sciences.

Investigations at the Acoustics Laboratory in Le Mans Université mainly focus on sources and sensors, acoustics and mechanics of materials, wave propagation in fluids and complex structures. Acoustic investigations aim at observing and quantifying physical phenomena, at analysing and modelling them using both mathematical and numerical methods.

Applications cover a wide field of subject topics: noise reduction and vibration damping, evaluation and control of materials, sound quality...

The sectors of activity related to acoustics exhibit a large diversity: building, automotive, aeronautics, telecommunications, music and instrument making, entertainment industry, environment, medicine, etc.


 150 people including
60 researchers and teachers-researchers
70 students and postdoctoral fellows
20 administrative and technical staff


LAUM actively cooperates with French, European (Great Britain, Spain, Sweden, Czech Republic, etc.) and International (USA, Canada, China, Brazil, Japan, etc.) laboratories. LAUM has also developed industrial partnerships with the Le Mans Centre for Technology Transfer (CTTM), SAFRAN, SNCF, Renault, PSA, Valéo, Orange Labs, etc.


Specific rooms equipped with test benches, anechoic and semi-anechoic rooms, optoacoustics and digital holography rooms, microtechnology room (clean room), etc.


Partner of  Le Mans Acoustique Institute and member of the Institut  d’Acoustique - Graduate School (PIA3 - ANR program).



Director: Pierrick Lotton | dirlaum @

More informations:
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LIUM - Laboratoire d’Informatique de l’Université du Mans - Equipe d'Accueil 4023

Computer Science Laboratory of Le Mans Université (LIUM) - Research group 4023


The Computer Science Laboratory, which is located in both Le Mans and Laval, is structured around two topics: TEL (Technology Enhanced Learning) and language processing (speech recognition and synthesis, speaker characterization, semantic extraction and machine translation).
LIUM is one of the few European laboratories able to perform speech translation in near real time, and it offers innovative applications in the field of educational technologies, e-learning and serious games. LIUM is internationally recognized for its research works, as demonstrated for instance by the prestigious European Innovation Radar prize earned in 2016 for the development and industrial deployment of a technology dramatically reducing the costs of speech recognition.


 60 people including
28 teachers-researchers
26 doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows
4 administrative and technical staff


LIUM’s researchers actively cooperate actively with other French, European and international laboratories.
LIUM has also established industrial partnerships with Airbus, Orange Lab, AlloMédia, OpenClassrooms, Symetrix/SBT and 44screens.


Computing cluster with 1000 CPU cores and, 60 GPUs.
Experimental room for TEL research work (audio and video recording)
Software and corpus: SideKit/s4d, TEDLium, nmtpytorch, JemInventor, Moggle, Hop3X,
UTL, Legadee, TraVis


Member of the Institut Informatique Claude Chappe (IC2), supported by Le Mans Université Member of Atlanstic 2020 Research-Training-Innovation Institute in Pays de la Loire


Director: Sylvain Meignier | dirlium @

More informations:
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MIP - Motricité, Interactions, Performances - Équipe d’Accueil 4334

Movement, Interactions, Performance Laboratory (MIP) - Research group 4334

Universities of Nantes and Le Mans

Movement is essential for Human to adapt to his physical, material and social environment. It helps to ensure vital functions (e.g. eating, drinking or communicating).

The laboratory's research programme aims to obtain a better understanding of how human movement is produced from the musculo-tendon system, to the individual, right through to the inter-individual level.

Through an interdisciplinary approach (life sciences, humanities), this programme aims to respond to major scientific and societal issues in the areas of sports performance, health and education.


 45 people including
17 teachers-researchers and doctors of medicine | 5 at Le Mans
12 doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows  | 4 at Le Mans
4 administrative and technical staff  | 2 at Le Mans


Members of the laboratory actively collaborate with French researchers and laboratories (University Hospital of Nantes, Laboratory of Biomechanics, Paris; INSEP, Paris...), European (University of Bath, England) and International (University of Ottawa and University of New Brunswick, Canada; University of Auckland, New Zealand; University of Queensland, Australia).
The MIP also cooperates with various industrial partners (Direct Energie cycling team, LudHealth, etc.)


Chain of biomechanical analysis  of human movement: three-dimensional kinematics
by motion capture system; 3D dynamics by force platform; surface electromyography; stabilometry; treadmill with pressure sensors.



Director : François Hug (University of Nantes)
Head of the Le Mans site: Abderrahmane Rahmani | abdel.rahmani @

More informations:
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MMS - Mer, Molécules, Santé - Équipe d’Accueil 2160

Sea, Molecules, Health Laboratory (MMS) - Research group 2160

Universities of Nantes and Le Mans, Université Catholique de l’Ouest

The  scientific programme covers an integrated and sustainable management of coastal and estuarine marine ecosystems, particularly through the study of the disturbances which affect them, mainly due to human activities.

A better understanding of the biodiversity and functioning of these ecosystems will lead to the identification of organisms interesting for the production of high added-value metabolites for industry and human health.


 130 people including
53 teachers-researchers | 21 at Le Mans and Laval
55 doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows | 15 at Le Mans and Laval
22 administrative and technical staff | 3 at Le Mans and Laval


The members of MMS collaborate with many regional, national and international laboratories, as well as with industrial partners.


  • Facilities for the microalgae cultivation, shellfish aquaculture, biochemical and physiological analyses, molecular and cellular biology
  • Animal facility for studies relating to the use of microalgae in nutrition-health
  • Bench for pulsed electric fields treatments for the biocompatible extraction of molecules of interest
  • Thalassomics technical platform in Nantes, integrated into the Corsaire platform of BiogenOuest


Director: François Pouchus (University of Nantes)
Head of the Le Mans site: Nathalie Casse | nathalie.casse @

More informations:
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TEMOS - Temps, Mondes, Sociétés - CNRS FRE 2015

Time, World, Societies Laboratory (TEMOS) - CNRS FRE 2015

Universities of Angers, Le Mans and South Brittany

Research in history helps us to better understand the present in the light of the past, by dealing with sources that are often unpublished, whether archaeological, manuscripts or oral.

The research topics of the TEMOS research team cover all periods, from antiquity to the present day, and echo several contemporary challenges.

The research at TEMOS focuses on childhood and gender, coexistence and conflicts in social, political, and religious context, and on the construction of knowledge, in a continuous dialogue with contemporary issues.


 120 people including
55 researchers and teachers-researchers | 13 at Le Mans
60 doctoral students | 10 at Le Mans
6 administrative and technical staff | 2 at Le Mans


The TEMOS laboratory collaborates with numerous universities both in France and abroad (Sheffield, Buenos Aires, Agadir, etc.) and several research units in the fields of social sciences, literature and languages.
The expertise of the team is made available to local authorities (the Pays de la Loire Region, the Sarthe Department), to local associations and to cultural establishments.


A strong link between research and teaching curricula from the “Licence” degree to the PhD
(training in and through research).
A strong territorial involvement, particularly with actors in the cultural heritage sector.



Director: Yves Dénéchère (University of Angers)
Head of Le Mans team: Nathalie Richard | nathalie.richard @

More informations:
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Themis-UM - Laboratoire de droit - Equipe d'Accueil 4333

Law Research Centre (THEMIS-UM) - Research group 4333

Themis-Um is an interdisciplinary research centre which includes researchers in private law,  public law and history of law who work critically on current legal issues. Its activities have two main focuses:

  • the first one is the theme “Risk, Insurance and Liability”, which deals with law and risk in general and insurance law in particular, and fits in with the Institute for Risks and Insurance,
  • the second one is the theme “Interbreeding and articulation of normative systems”, which studies contemporary evolutions in normative standards under the influence of social changes, globalization and the comparison of rights, especially in a historical perspective.

Every year the members of Themis-UM publish numerous articles and organize around a dozen seminars or conferences on most current issues, with the purpose to develop new, critical and multidisciplinary points of view. Since 2013, Themis-Um has been working in partnership, alongside GAINS (research centre in economics) and LMM (maths laboratory), within the framework of the Risk and Insurance Institute, which aim is to mutualise the Research, Education and Innovation activities of the University in this area and to make them more visible.


 33 people including
27 researchers and teachers-researchers
5 doctoral students
1 administrative and technical member of staff


University of Leeds (Great Britain), University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain), University of Maine (United States), University of Yaoundé (Cameroon), Laval University (Quebec).


Its multidisciplinary approach:

  • private law
  • public law
  • history of law

Member of the Institute for Risk and Insurance (IRA), supported by Le Mans Université



Directors : Valérie Lassere-Kiessow | Valerie.Kiesow @
Sarah Cassella | Sarah.Cassella @

More informations:
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VIPS² - Violences, Innovations, Politiques, Socialisations et Sports - Equipe d'Accueil 4636

Violence, Innovations, Policies, Socialisationsand Sports Laboratory (VIPS²) - Research group 4636

Universities Rennes 2 and Le Mans, Ecole Normale Supérieure de Rennes

The VIPS² focuses on three questions around physical, sporting and artistic activities (PSAA):

What are the processes involved in the penetration of PSAAs in social spaces or in resistance to them?

How do PSAAs play a part in social and cultural integration?

What are the levers for transformation of PSAAs and their impacts on environments?

It is a question of understanding and explaining the behaviours and actions of individuals and social groups, and of suggesting recommendations for the relevant stakeholders.


 45 people including
20 teacher-researchers | 4 at Le Mans
15 doctoral students | 5 at Le Mans
2 design engineers and 1 BIATSS staff member | 1 IGE at Le Mans
6 ATERs (temporary research assistants) | 2 at Le Mans


The laboratory’s contractual activity is important, with public bodies (World Anti-Doping Agency, Ministry of Youth, City and Sports), local authorities, regional councils (Pays de la Loire), federations and private companies (French Cycling Federation, French Football Federation).


  • Multidisciplinarity: History, Sociology, Psychology, Management, Political Sciences, Legal Sciences, Sciences of Intervention.
  • Partnerships with stakeholders from the world of education (academic inspection, ESPE, etc.)


Director: Michaël Attali (Rennes 2 University)
Head of the Le Mans site: Omar Zanna | Omar.Zanna @

More informations:
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