Set up and led by Michel Brunet since 1994, the Mission Paléoanthropologique Franco-Tchadienne is a scientific cooperation between the University of Poitiers, the University of N'Djamena, and the Centre National d'Appui à la Recherche of N'Djamena.
The M.P.F.T. leads an international and interdisciplinary research program on origin and environment of early hominid. This program is based on three major axis :
Research : multidisciplinary, the research program is carried out by forty scientists from ten countries.
Training : about ten Ph. D dissertations (of which four are already defended). Two scholarships (Master degree, Ph. D. in Palaeontology) have been granted to two Chadians students by the Mission de Coopération Française of N'Djamena:
Dr. Mackaye Hassane Taïsso defended his Ph. D. dissertation in Palaeontology at the University of Poitiers in November 2001. He's now Professor assistant at the Département des Sciences de la Terre at the University of N'Djamena;
Likius Andossa will defend his Ph. D. dissertation in Palaeontology at the University of Poitiers in October 2002 and should be appointed Professor assistant at the University of N'Djamena.
Collections management : building of the Centre de valorisation des collections au C.N.A.R. and training at the University of Poitiers of a specialized technician (M. Fanoné Gongdibé) financed by the Mission de Coopération Française at N'Djamena.