CNRS a driver of innovation

CNRS presentation brochure

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A year at the CNRS

CNRS Activity report 2014

2014 A year at the CNRS

The CNRS activity report presents a selection of results derived from top-level scientific research carried out in its laboratories, mostly in collaboration with universities, academic and research institutions, both in France and abroad, as well as businesses. This brochure also highlights the CNRS strategy in terms of technology transfer, partnerships, and the modernization of its management processes.

October 2014 - Activity report pdf


  • 2013 A year at the CNRS - Activity report pdf - October 2014
  • 2012 A year at CNRS - Activity report (pdf) - September 2013
  • 2011 A year at CNRS - Scientific report (pdf) - November 2012
  • 2010 A year at CNRS Scientific report (pdf, 6,54 Mo) July 2011,
    Economic and financial report pdf, 1,44 Mo) June 2011
  • 2009 A year at CNRS - Scientific report (pdf, 878 Ko) - July 2010
  • 2008 A year at CNRS - Scientific report (pdf, 3,36 Mo), Economic and financial report (pdf, 4,93 Mo), Financial report (pdf, 498 Ko) - June 2009
  • 2007 A year at CNRS (pdf, 2,96 Mo) - September 2008

CNRS presentation brochure

CNRS presentation brochure

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Sagascience multimedia collection

CNRS sagascience : The Earth's Climate

The Earth’s Climate

Why is it that life on Earth as we know it would not have been possible without the natural "greenhouse effect"? Why do we have seasons? What exactly is solar radiation, the driving force behind the climate? How do the planet's major biomes depend on the climate? All these questions are answered in the new sagascience animation “The Earth’s climate”.

CNRS sagascience : greening the city

Greening the city

Greening the City takes an inside look at urban areas and their natural spaces, exploring the little-known but existing links among their various inhabitants: people, animals and plants. How does biodiversity benefit city dwellers? What is an eco-friendly neighborhood? What role should nature play in the city? Will the city of tomorrow be green?

Sagascience Darwin

Darwin, a naturalist's voyage around the world

Climb aboard the Beagle and relive Charles Darwin's odyssey. "Darwin, a naturalist's voyage around the world", in the CNRS Sagascience multimedia collection, is now online. Through this website, you will discover the voyage that enabled the famous naturalist to lay the groundwork for his theory of evolution through natural selection.

Sagascience collection

Focus publications

Focus Biodiversity cover


CNRS, in partnership with universities, the Muséum national d’histoire naturelle, Inra, IRD, Cirad, Ifremer, and others, is totally committed to research into biodiversity. Aware of its responsibilities with regard to giving sustainable development a scientific basis, CNRS has made this issue one of its top priorities. In concrete terms, CNRS encourages theoretical and empirical innovation in four broad fields: the analysis and management of biodiversity, mechanisms for the emergence and maintenance of biodiversity, interactions between biodiversity and the environment, and the cultural, social and economic aspects of biodiversity. (December 2006 - pdf 4,4 Mo)

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The Nanosciences

Building, understanding and controlling the possible usages of nanoobjects or stackings of nanoobjects, those found in nature or made by man using high-precision nanometric scalpels, is a key scientific project at the dawn of the 21st century. At the end of the nineties CNRS the French National Center for Scientific Research introduced a research program called Individual Nanoobjects and was thus able to act as an incubator for the Nanoscience Concerted Action program developed jointly by the French Ministry of Research, CNRS, the Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) and the General Armament Directorate (DGA). The scale and framework given to this priority action enabled CNRS to assume the role of coordinator of a Consortium, initiated by the French Ministry of Research and recognized and supported as an Eranet by the European Commission, bringing together the nanoscience programs of ten countries. (December 2005 - pdf 610ko)

Focus Brain cover

The Brain

The French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) intends to broaden its activities in the neurosciences over the next few years,notably by establishing a number of centers of excellence in France where scientists from different disciplines can be brought together at sites equipped with all the necessary technical resources. This policy will result in exchanges of information derived from varied methods and state-of-the-art experimental approaches, and it is to be hoped that the knowledge thus obtained will open new avenues towards therapeutic applications.This publication, FocusThe Brain, surveys the current situation and outlines future directions, in the context of the ambition of CNRS to foster brain research—one of today’s great scientific endeavors. (December 2005 - pdf 946ko)

Focus Cancer cover


The struggle against cancer represents a national commitment for France, and CNRS is a key player in this area. CNRS’ vast range of scientific competences constitutes a great asset in overcoming this multi-faceted enemy. CNRS, alongside its public and private partners, is actively involved in this battle, within the framework of the national action plan against cancer, the Plan Cancer. One of our priorities in the field of Human Life, both for now as well as for the future of medicine, is to identify and mobilize our strengths in this area. This issue of the CNRS focus series was put together to present the multidisciplinary contributions made by CNRS to cancer research, and to show what future potential is being developed in this area. (February 2005 - pdf 1,55 Mo)

Focus Energy cover


Research in the energy sector is therefore an essential component of any sustainable development policy. Only research can come up with technological solutions leading towards a new approach to the use of alternative sources of energy, without a priori exceptions: fossil energies, renewable energies,nuclear energy. It will also have to integrate basic research in the field of human and social sciences, which will have to deal with risk analysis, economic forecasts and energy-access methods, as well as technical adaptability and social acceptance. The role of human and social sciences is all the more important given that we do not at present have a common universal model for the “value” of energy for human beings and societies. (February 2005 - pdf 383ko)