The institutes

With ten institutes that constitute the implementation of its science policy structures, the CNRS conducts research in all scientific, technological and societal fields. Each of theme oversees and coordinates a set of coherent research activities in several disciplines. Interdisciplinary research programs involving several institutes can be launched at the discretion of the President, following consultation of the Scientific Board and approval by the Board of Trustees.

Biological Sciences

Deciphering the complexity of life

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Chemistry

Designing and synthesizing tomorrow's molecules and materials

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Earth Sciences and Astronomy

Understand and predict through observing, experimenting and modeling

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Ecology and Environment

Understanding the biosphere: the key to action

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Engineering & Systems

Responding to society's needs

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Humanities and Social Sciences

Humans in the world and in society

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Information Sciences

Information sciences and technologies for the dissemination of knowledge

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Mathematics

Developing and understanding mathematical structures and models

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Nuclear and Particle Physics

Probing the infinite: from particles to the cosmos

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Physics

Fundamental laws, matter and radiation

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