The French National Centre for Scientific Research is among the world’s leading research institutions. Its scientists explore the living world, matter, the Universe, and the functioning of human societies in order to meet the major challenges of today and tomorrow. Internationally recognised for the excellence of its scientific research, the CNRS is a reference in the world of research and development, as well as for the general public..



From the beginning of the 60’s, France made space a strategic priority, a strong sovereignty issue and, 50 years later, space is indispensable to the daily life of citizens and States. It also generates economic wealth and jobs. Space is a universe in itself, an infinite source of dreams and discovery.


Through its work and expertise, Ifremer contributes to the knowledge of the oceans and their resources, the monitoring of the marine and coastal environment and the sustainable development of maritime activities. For this purpose, it designs and implements observation, experimentation and monitoring tools and manages oceanographic databases.


the National Institute of Geographic and Forest Information (IGN) is the official reference for geographic and forest information in France, certified to be neutral and interoperable.

L’IGN is a public establishment of an administrative nature placed under the supervision of the ministers in charge of sustainable development and forests, respectively.


The French National Research Institute for Sustainable Development (Institut de Recherche pour le Développement) is an internationally recognised multidisciplinary organisation, working mainly in partnership with countries in the Mediterranean and intertropical zone.

IRD is a French public research establishment operating under the joint authority of the French Ministry for Higher Education, Research and Innovation and the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs. It takes an original approach to research, expertise, training and knowledge-sharing for the benefit of countries and regions, making science and innovation key drivers in their development


On 1 January 2020, the National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) and the National Institute for Research in Science and Technology for the Environment and Agriculture (IRSTEA) merged to become a single research institute: INRAE

INRAE’s ambition is to build research excellence at the service of knowledge production, education, innovation, in support of public policies, in order to accelerate transitions in agriculture, food and the environment to achieve sustainable development goals.

Météo France

Météo-France, a public administrative establishment, is the official service of meteorology and climatology in France. As such, it exercises the governmental attribution in terms of the meteorological safety of people and property. Météo-France is notably responsible for forecasting and studying meteorological phenomena, the state of the snow cover and the state of the sea surface and issuing meteorological warnings for the French mainland and overseas territories. The establishment is also responsible for preserving the memory of the climate and developing global and regional climate projections.


The Directorate General for Research and Innovation (D.G.R.I.) is leading the development of the national research strategy, in close collaboration with the ministries concerned and involving all stakeholders. The strategy is based around major scientific fields and in its cross-cutting dimensions. It ensures that the strategy is implemented and supervises its evaluation. As such, it contributes to the strengthening of the national capacity for innovation.


A world-renowned geoscience research organization, IPGP studies the Earth and the planets from the core to the most superficial fluid envelopes, through observation, experimentation and modeling. Special attention is paid to long-term observations that are essential for the study of natural systems. The IPGP is in charge of labelled observation services in volcanology, seismology, magnetism, gravimetry and erosion through its permanent observatories on the islands of Guadeloupe, Martinique, Reunion and Chambon-la-Forêt (mainland France).


The French Atomic Energy and Alternative Energy Commission (CEA) is a public scientific, technical and industrial research organization (EPIC).

A major player in research, development and innovation, the CEA is active in four areas: defence and security, low-carbon energies (nuclear and renewable), technological research for industry and fundamental research (material sciences and life sciences). Based on its recognised expertise, the CEA participates in setting up collaborative projects with numerous academic and industrial partners.


The mission of the Hydrographic and Oceanographic Service of the Navy (Shom), a public administrative State institution (EPA) under the supervision of the Ministry of Defence since 11 May 2007, is to know and describe the physical marine environment in its relationship with the atmosphere, the seabed and coastal areas, to forecast its evolution and to ensure the dissemination of the corresponding information.

This mission is carried out through three essential, operational activities, oriented by their direct objectives:

  • defence support,
  • national hydrography,
  • support for public policies for the sea and the coastline.


BRGM’s ambition is to respond to major challenges for our society, particularly those related to climate change, energy transition and the development of the circular economy. In the geosciences, BRGM is developing expertise in order to contribute to the harmonized management and controlled use of the soil and subsoil of towns and territories.

BRGM’s activity is organized around 6 major societal issues:

  • Geology and knowledge of the subsoil
  • Groundwater management
  • Risks and land use planning
  • Mineral Resources and the Circular Economy
  • Energy transition and underground space
  • Digital data, services and infrastructure

Its action is oriented towards scientific research, support for public policies and international cooperation.


Cerema (Centre for studies and expertise on risks, the environment, mobility and development) is a public institution focused on supporting public policies, under the dual supervision of the Ministry of Ecological Transition and Solidarity and the Ministry of Territorial Cohesion and Relations with Local Authorities.


Le Cirad (Centre for International Cooperation in Agricultural Research for Development) is the French agricultural research and international cooperation organization for sustainable development in tropical and Mediterranean regions. Its activities relate to life sciences, social sciences and engineering sciences applied to agriculture, food, the environment and land management. It works on major themes such as food security, climate change, natural resource management, reduction of inequalities and the fight against poverty.


Created in 1990, Ineris is the result from a restructuring of the French Coal Research Centre (CERCHAR) and the Institute for Applied Chemical Research (IRCHA). It capitalizes on nearly 70 years of expertise and know-how. The Institute’s mission is to contribute to the prevention of risks that economic activities pose to the health and safety of people and property and to the environment.


  • The missions of ONERA (the French National Aerospace Research Agency) are:
  • To develop and direct research in the aerospace field.
  • To design, carry out and implement the means necessary for the execution of this research.
  • To ensure, in liaison with the services or bodies responsible for scientific and technical research, the dissemination of the results of this research at national and international level, to promote their use by the aerospace industry and to facilitate their application outside the aerospace field.

Observatoire Côte d’Azur

The Côte d’Azur Observatory (OCA) is a national public institution of higher education and research of an administrative nature (EPA) and carries by its statutes the missions of scientific research, observation services and dissemination of knowledge of an Observatory of the Sciences of the Universe (OSU). The OCA brings together and steers research activities in Earth and Universe Sciences in the Côte d’Azur region through its mixed services unit, Galileo and its 3 multi-services research units (OCA, CNRS, UNS, IRD): Artémis, Géoazur and Lagrange. The OCA is a member of the ComUE Université Côte d’Azur founded on February 27, 2015.

With some 450 agents located on 4 geographical sites (Mont Gros historical site, UNS Valrose campus in Nice, Sophia Antipolis and the Calern plateau observation site), the OCA is one of the 25 French Universe Science Observatories in charge of the continuous and systematic collection of Earth and Universe observation data. Its role is to explore, understand and promote the Earth and Universe sciences, whether in astrophysics, Earth sciences, but also in related sciences such as mechanics, signal processing or optics.

Observatoire de Paris

Founded in 1667, the Paris Observatory is the largest national centre for astronomical research. 30% of French astronomers carry out their research there in five laboratories and one institute. Located on its campuses in Paris, Meudon and Nançay, they are all Joint Research Units (UMR) with the CNRS and often with major scientific universities in the Paris region. The Paris Observatory has three main missions:

  • research, contributing to the progress of knowledge of the Universe,
  • initial and continuing training,
  • the dissemination of knowledge.

Ecole Polytechnique

Because in times of global economic war, only innovation creates prosperity, École polytechnique produces and shares multidisciplinary knowledge at the highest level, for its students, for companies and for society, by developing an entrepreneurial spirit, audacity and a sense of general interest in its teaching and research.

Sorbonne Université

The Faculty of Letters of Sorbonne University is the largest in France devoted to letters, languages, civilizations, arts, humanities and social sciences. It is France’s leading university in the humanities and social sciences.

Université Lille-1

The University of Lille, a multidisciplinary university of excellence in the heart of Northern Europe, is rich in an exceptional cultural and scientific heritage that is part of the history of the Hauts-de-France region. With its 72,000 students (including 9,502 international students), 6,700 staff, 66 research units and a range of courses covering all disciplines, the University of Lille is a major actor in the region for training, research and innovation and through its commitment to social issues.

Université Fédérale Toulouse

7,000 researchers and teacher-researchers, 5,000 administrative and technical staff and nearly 4,500 doctoral students make the Federal University of Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées one of the five main research centres in France. This scientific site strategy is based on six interdisciplinary areas that respond to major societal challenges:

  • Global changes and ecosystem dynamics
  • Energy transition and new material routes
  • Aeronautics, Space and new mobilities
  • Data Sciences and Digital Society
  • Regulations, Heritage, Cultures and Societies
  • Health, biology and well-being

Université Grenoble-Alpes

Rooted in its territory, multidisciplinary and open to the world, the new university brings together the Grenoble INP, Sciences Po Grenoble and the Grenoble National School of Architecture, the components of the former Grenoble Alpes University and the Grenoble Alpes University Community.

The national research organisations CEA, CNRS, Inria and Inserm are even more closely associated with the new Grenoble Alpes University to develop a common policy in research and valorisation on an international scale. Relations with INRAE, IRD and the CHU Grenoble Alpes will also be strengthened within the framework of this new university.

Université Clermont-Auvergne

The University Clermont Auvergne was created on January 1, 2017. While deliberately joining the national and international networks for the production and dissemination of knowledge, the university participates in the Auvergne ecosystem alongside socio-economic players and local authorities; this new university must be a driving force in developing higher education and research in Auvergne for the benefit of users and all players in the territory and further increase its quality, influence and attractiveness. In so doing, it will contribute to the national territorial restructuring and the construction of a great Auvergne Rhône Alpes region with a European dimension..

Université Strasbourg

The University of Strasbourg has nearly five centuries of history, illustrious names, a rich heritage and a European location. The university is also home to more than 52,000 students every year, 20% of whom are foreign students, 5,300 teacher-researchers and staff, 35 training and research units and 72 research units. These are impressive figures which make the university a rich and diverse space, both in terms of multidisciplinary training and research and in terms of culture and heritage.

Universite Montpellier

From space exploration to robotics, from ecological engineering to chronic diseases, UM researchers are inventing solutions for tomorrow, in the service of people and his environment.

 dynamic research, carried out in close collaboration with research organisations and benefiting from high level technology platforms to meet the needs of 21st century society.

Cutting-edge research, which the UM strives to promote by forging close links with the industries based in the region, particularly in the biomedical and new technologies sectors.

Région Hauts de France

Agro Paris Tech

Institut des sciences et industries du vivant et de l’environnement, sous tutelle des ministères en charge de l’agriculture et de l’enseignement supérieur. Acteur de l’enseignement supérieur et de la recherche, ce grand établissement de référence au plan international s’adresse aux grands enjeux du 21e siècle : nourrir les hommes en gérant durablement les territoires, préserver les ressources naturelles, favoriser les innovations et intégrer la bioéconomie. AgroParisTech se structure en 8 campus en France dont 4 en Ile-de-France, 5 départements de formation et de recherche, 24 unités mixtes de recherche, 1 ferme expérimentale, 1 halle technologique, des tiers-lieux ouverts dits « Inn Lab » et compte plus de 2000 étudiants, 230 enseignants-chercheurs, 375 doctorants.

Institute of Life and Environmental Sciences and Industries, under the supervision of the ministries in charge of agriculture and higher education. As an actor in higher education and research, this major international reference institution addresses the major challenges of the 21st century: feeding people by sustainably managing territories, preserving natural resources, promoting innovation and integrating the bio-economy. AgroParisTech is structured into 8 campuses in France, 4 of which are in the Ile-de-France region, 5 training and research departments, 24 joint research units, 1 experimental farm, 1 technological hall, and open third locations known as « Inn Labs », and has more than 2,000 students, 230 teacher-researchers and 375 PhD students.

AgroParisTech is a member of the ParisTech consortium, a founding member of the Université Paris-Saclay and a member of the Institut Agronomique Vétérinaire et Forestier de France.