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The Fessenheim power plant has profoundly shaped the Upper Rhine territory over the past 40 years, enabling the socio-economic development of its neighborhood by developing a large pool of direct jobs as well as a strong social and associative fabric. Whether the decision to close the Fessenheim site -which was repeatedly expressed by the French government- should be acted of abandoned in the near future, the regional laboratories of CNRS and universities of Alsace have already realized the need to get involved in a transition phase that is profoundly influenced by energy policies, and which can lead to profound changes in human-environment interactions and a gradual reorganization of the territory and of the socio-ecosystem. Due to its tri-national geographic situation, the Fessenheim site offers a unique opportunity at national and European levels to combine various complementary skills with the common objective of describing the environmental and socio-economic evolution of such a complex system by means of a global interdisciplinary approach in order to understand, support and manage its evolution during the energy transition process.

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