Fields of excellence

Regardless of the sector, here, research is conjugated in the plural form and is at the heart of many networks. Brest brings together 24% of the public research workforce in Brittany and is renowned not only at the European level but also at the international level within sectors of excellence.

Five Pathways of Excellence of the Future

Marine Science and Technology

Brest ranks among the top 10 world cities in this field and first in Europe. Among its major schools, the University of Western Brittany and research institutes such as the European University Institute of the Sea, Ifremer or the Polar Institute Paul-Émile Victor, the Brest region concentrates more than 50% of French public research. Associated with the presence of clusters, industrial groups and companies working in strategic areas such as Defense or marine renewable energies, the Brest offer is solid and complete.

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The territory is at the digital forefront. Certified "Capitale French Tech", there are 1,630 establishments today and 19,000 jobs related to this sector. Telecommunications, health, finance, virtual and augmented realities, intelligent transport systems, cybersecurity ... so many fields of application in full expansion.

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The CHRU, the leading health operator in Brittany, ranks 8th nationally for its research. Beyond the quality and the importance of the offer of care, several specialties such as molecular genetics or image-guided surgery are areas where Brest excellence is recognized. The healthcare industry in the territory represents 6,500 professionals and 1,300 students.

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The banking-insurance sector in the Pays de Brest developed in the mutualism spirit that animated the pioneers of cooperatives of the early twentieth century. Today, embodied by powerful groups with an international presence, such as Crédit Mutuel Arkéa or Crédit Agricole du Finistère, it employs 22,000 people, almost a quarter of them in the metropolitan area and boosts every aspect of the economy through investments and innovation.

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Big names in the food industry started on the tip of Brittany. You have probably heard of Savéol, Triskalia and Sill. Coming from traditional agriculture, the sector has been structured and diversified. There are no fewer than 1,330 farms, 7,125 employees and 400 small and medium-sized businesses in Brest. Research is also a major concern for tomorrow. It focuses on health safety, nutrition, marine biotechnology ...

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