The institute is interested in the living responses to environ-mental constraints, the bio-conversion mechanisms of energy and the production of energy-rich molecules (bio-energy). It develops biotechnology to safeguard the quality of the environment and health (biosensing & bioremediation) or to produce biofuels

​​The BIAM (ex IBEB) is organized in 7 laboratories, 2 technological platforms and one platform of microscopy. It has about 100 permanent staff (160 persons with non permanent researchers​​). It is located in Bouches du Rhône (south-east of France), in the Cadarache CEA centre, and the Luminy campus at the Aix-Marseille University (AMU). It is linked to CNRS and AMU by the Joint Research Unit 7265.​​​​