UNESCO Associated Schools Network

SIMEV and the UNESCO associated schools network


Prof. Louis Cot, former Head of the Chair, launched in 2012 a new collaboration programme with the Technological High School Jean-Baptiste Dumas (JBD) from Alès.

This programme involved two important UNESCO networks: the UNITWIN/UNESCO Chairs and the associated schools, to which the JBD high school belongs.


The main objectives of the projet

1/ Strengthen the links between higher and secondary education to more in-depth technical training: welcoming of trainees at the IEM, visits of teachers, joint participation in seminars (e.g. HydroGaïa)

2/ Manufacture a filtration pilot for educational purposes (practical work and filtration tests for students), with as an example the possibility of treating rainwater in the ethnobotanical gardens of La Gardie, located in the Cévennes biosphere reserve.

The project is now part of a Global Institutional Approach through the international project « Aujourd’hui pour demain » (which stands for Today for tomorrow), carried out by the associated schools network, to which the JBD high school belongs.





A researcher and two technicians from IEM (Institut Européen des Membranes, which stands for European Institute of Membranes, host laboratory of the SIMEV Chair) collaborate with the teaching staff of the JBD high school to design a pilot for educational purposes with concrete applications. Discussions allow to specify the material needs and the possible manufacturing and implementation constraints.


High school students in vocational training of machining technician (Bac Pro TU), industrial boilermaking technician (Bac Pro TCI) or of electricity trades and connected environments (Bac Pro MELEC) are actively involved in the project. For example, students graduating from Bac Pro TU were able to manufacture three aluminum filtration modules.



Visite au laboratoire de l’IEM organisée en mars 2018 par Toufik Akouz, coordinateur UNESCO au lycée JBD. Avec de gauche à droite : Jean-Louis Llamas (enseignant chaudronnerie lycée JBD) , Loubna ATFANE (responsable Halle pilote IEM), Patrice MONTELS (chef d’atelier mécanique, IEM) et Éric Darcos (enseignant systèmes automatisés 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 (pilot plant manager, IEM), Patrice Montels (mechanical workshop leader, IEM) and Éric Darcos (teacher of automated systems, JBD highschool).






To read more and visit the workshops of machining, boilers and electrical engineering, consult the website of the JBD high school: webpages dedicated to Bac Pro TU, TCI et MELEC).


APPLICATIONS for the filtration pilot:

Exhibition of the pilot once completed at JBD high school:
educational and cultural interest through demonstrations presented to students and adults concerned. Accessible and concrete sybol 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 implementation of such a system to treat rainwater and make it suitable for watering
(vegetable garden / orchad)


Example of application: rainwater treatment in the ethnobotanical gardens of La Gardie. www.les-jardins-singuliers.com/les-jardins-ethnobotaniques-de-la-gardie-rousson