Geosciences, or the exploitation of sub-surface resources for economic purposes, are a major contributing factor in the economy of the Béarn. This sector groups together an international community of many thousands of vital stakeholders: geologists, geophysicists, reservoir engineers, educators, researchers and students in earth sciences. The important network of companies (oil-field services, instrumentation, and equipment) has the benefit of a unique ecosystem in Europe, consisting of centres of research and technology transfer, simulators, public and private educational institutions including the EFF (French Drilling School) which are internationally renowned. Proof of the importance of the geosciences sector in the area, - each year Pau receives over fifty foreign delegations seeking research and innovation.
600 M€ OF DIRECT ECONOMIC IMPACT
5 INTERNATIONAL TRAINING CENTRES
61 COMPANIES AND INSTITUTIONS MAKING UP THE SECTOR IN THE LOCAL AREA