French National Center for Scientific Research

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definition The French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) is an interdisciplinary public research organisation under the administrative supervision of the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research.

Composed of 33,000 people dedicated to research within 1,144 research laboratories in France and abroad.

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.
Its main Research fields are: Biology, Chemistry, Ecology and environment, Humanities and social sciences, Engineering and systems, Mathematics, Nuclear and particles, Physics, Information sciences, Earth sciences and astronomy.

The French state has entrusted the CNRS with the role of advancing knowledge for the benefit of society. The organisation seeks to accomplish this national mission while respecting ethical rules and showing commitment to professional equality.

The 18 regional offices are entrusted with the direct and local management of laboratories. They liaise with local partners and authorities (
CNRS laboratories are the organisation’s “building blocks”. Their teams, which consist of researchers, engineers and technicians, are behind the production and transmission of knowledge. Most laboratories are joint research units, bringing together partners from academia (universities, schools, and other research organisations) and industrial actors.
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