BRGM (Geological and Mining Research Bureau) is the French reference public institution for Earth Science applications in the management of surface and subsurface resources and associated risks. Supervised by both the Ministry of Higher Education and Research and the Ministry of Ecology, Energy and Sustainable development, the scientific research at the BRGM is fulfilling 4 missions: research, science-policy relationships, international cooperation and capacity building linked to mining. The key issue at stake is to meet the challenges of global change. With over 200 projects each year in more than 40 countries, BRGM works across the globe towards enduring protection for people and resources.
CIRAD (French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development) is a French research center working with developing countries to tackle international agricultural and development issues. This public industrial and commercial enterprise (EPIC) acts under the joint authority of the Ministry of Higher Education and Research and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Its research is mostly focused on partnerships for development in the South and the French overseas. It operates with developing countries to generate and exchange knowledge, support agricultural development and fuel the debate on the main global issues concerning agriculture. Its researchers working worldwide have shaped its identity and have helped to build specialized, dynamic skill centers.
The CNRS (National Center for Scientific Research) is the main public organization on interdisciplinary research in the scientific, technologic and societal fields. Under the responsibility of the French Ministry of Education and Research, it aims to evaluate and carry out all research producing new knowledge as well as social, cultural, and economic benefits for the society. CNRS encourages collaboration between specialists from different disciplines, especially with universities, thus opening up new fields of enquiry to meet social and economic needs. CNRS has developed interdisciplinary programs that bring together various CNRS departments as well as other research institutions and industry.
IFREMER (French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea) is an oceanographic institution in France, which aim to contribute to a national strategy for marine sciences for 2020. It is one of the most integrated marine research institutes with the broadest range of skills and expertise worldwide. Underwater technologies, biodiversity, fisheries science and aquaculture, coastal environments, mineral resources, biotechnologies and operational oceanography are all part of its research missions and its areas of skills and excellence.
INRA (National Institute for Agricultural Research) is a French public institute dedicated to scientific studies concerning agriculture. It works under the joint authority of the Ministries of Research and Higher education and the Ministry of Agriculture. In today’s complex climatic, demographic and energy context, agricultural research must deal with major issues on various scales. Preparing worldwide food availability and security by 2050, reducing greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture, and promoting alternative agricultural and forestry practices that can respond to non-reversible climate change are some of the issues INRA works onto and for which it produces scientific knowledge. Broadly, it engages for economic and social innovation in the areas of food, agriculture and the environment.
IRD (Institute of Research for the Development) is a French research organization, original and unique on the European development research scene. Emphasizing interdisciplinarity, the IRD has focused its research for over 65 years on the relationship between man and its environment, in Africa, Mediterranean, Latin America, Asia and the French tropical overseas territories. Its research, training and innovation activities are intended to contribute to the social, economic and cultural development of southern countries.
Irstea (National Research Institute of Science and Technology for Environment and Agriculture) is a public scientific and technical institute under the joint supervision of the Ministry of Research and the Ministry of Agriculture. This targeted research institute focused on decision-making and action has built a multidisciplinary and systemic approach in three domains – water, environmental technologies and land – which today form the basis of its strength and originality. The Institute is therefore establishing itself as the spearhead of the environment in support of public policies.
The world leader in luxury products, LVMH has deployed a business model marked by dynamic growth since its creation in 1987. The LVMH group comprises 70 exceptional Houses that create high quality products. It is the only group present in all five major sectors of the luxury market: Wines & Spirits, Fashion & Leather Goods, Perfumes & Cosmetics, Watches & Jewelry and Selective Retailing. To maximize its growth dynamic, LVMH believes in a economic efficiency inseparable from a social, environmental and artistic commitment.
MNHN (National Museum of Natural History), is a major institution, born in 1635, and dedicated to biodiversity and natural sciences. Both a scientific establishment and a public service, committed to research and the dissemination of knowledge, it has several objectives, which govern and nourish all of its activities such as fundamental and applied research, collections, education, dissemination and assessments. The headquarters are located in Paris, but extend in 14 sites throughout France, with four in Paris, including the original location at the royal botanical garden: the Jardin des Plantes.