About us

SIMEV is a Chair created in 2004 as part of a partnership between UNESCO and the Chemistry School of Engineering of Montpellier (France). The missions of the Chair focus on Membrane Science Applied for Environment. Membrane technologies have achieved numerous major developments during the last five decades, creating opportunities for a large number of practical applications, mainly in developed countries. Dissemination among developing countries is now possible, needed and necessary.

SIMEV’s missions include: initial education, continuing education (through Thematic Schools) and R&D (in partnership with institutions and industrialists). In order to succeed in these missions, SIMEV is supported by UNESCO and the Chemistry School of Engineering, along with the European Membrane Institute (IEM, UMR5635), which hosts the Chair. Additional support comes from a rich and active network, including more than 15 institutions, located in the Maghreb, Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and Asia.


The SIMEV Chair and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s)

The UN General Assembly adopted in September 2015 the 2030 Agenda: a universal sustainable development program with 17 goals.



SIMEV contributes to these goals thanks to her education and networking actions around water treatment and water management. The chair is particularly in line with the 6th goal: clean water and sanitation, promoting the use of affordable and clean energies (SDG 7) and strengthening access to quality education for all (SDG 4).


SIMEV’s main goal is to act as a catalyst, in order to generate opportunities for the creation of serious, tangible and practical projects in developing countries, through the involvement of stakeholders from developed countries.

These projects have to respond to immediate and practical needs and issues, such as: providing an access to clean, pathogen-free and affordable water for local populations, or preserving the water resource, in order to allow a long-term sustainable development of local agriculture and food supply. And the projects have to rely on cheap, renewable energies; as much as possible, these energies have to be available locally.
High are our ambitions. And even if our resources are often limited, our will to succeed and to find solutions is strong that’s what past and present operations described on this website show.