CNRS 80 years

The French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) 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.

On 2019, the CNRS will be celebrating its 80 years, and the Center for Mathematical Modeling (CMM) is joining the festivities with an array of academic and outreach activities that will portray the strong and fruitful relationship between our institutions.

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CNRS: 80 years of building new worlds through knowledge

In 2019, the Centre national de la recherche scientifique will celebrate its 80th anniversary. This is a history of science and collaboration.

In 1939, the CNRS was founded. In 2019, it will be 80 years of ceaseless efforts to redefine scientific scene and research policies not only in France but also in the world.

Its founding values were quest for excellence and, above all, the freedom of action. The CNRS was originally created to explore all areas of knowledge and encourage connections between them. At the laboratory level, covering fields as diverse as energy, materials, the environment or the climate, the organization promotes interdisciplinarity. And today the same inspiration continues to drive the researchers, engineers, technicians and all of the personnel of the CNRS, enabling it to take on the major challenges of the new millennium.

Ever since its founding, the CNRS has encouraged exchanges among researchers, later opening offices, initiating missions and setting up laboratories in countries all over the world. A pioneer of multilateral relations in Europe, it has also established itself at the forefront of European Union projects. In the 1970s, the CNRS was instrumental in the creation of the European Science Foundation. From the following decade, it was involved in most of the initiatives that shaped the landscape of European research, dominated to this day by its presence, recognition and international prominence.

As of 1939, while cultivating the ideal of pure and disinterested research upheld by its founding fathers, the CNRS has forged close relations in France and other countries. The creation of the first International Mixed Unit is an example of that kind of collaboration: in 2000, CNRS founded the Center for Mathematical Modeling as the first UMI in an alliance with Universidad de Chile and Universidad de Concepción. The center was the result of the fruitful links between Chile and France in Mathematics and Science and was the cornerstone of a 37-unit network. This net brings together researchers, students, postdoctoral fellows, engineers, and technicians from both the CNRS and foreign partner institutions.

This worldwide network has grown stronger over the decades. Today, with more than 5,600 patent families, 1,200 active licences, 21 framework agreements with multinationals and more than 1,400 start-ups launched since 2000, the CNRS is pursuing an ambitious technology transfer policy that boosts French competitiveness on the world stage.

Information: CNRS