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International relationships

The IPGP is one of the world's leading institutions in the field of Earth, planetary and environmental sciences. The aims of the International Office are to increase the scientific influence and visibility of the IPGP in the world, as well as its attractiveness for the best scientists and students. International relations are, by essence, transversal and present in most of the institute's activities, in research, on land, at sea and in space, in observation and teaching. They play a fundamental role within Université Paris Cité.

International relationships

Support for international research projects

The IPGP has developed close relationships with high-level academic and research institutions around the world in order to develop joint scientific programs serving the Institute’s ambition to study and understand the functioning of our planet at all scales of time and space.

The International Office coordinates and encourages the development of cooperation with the members of the Circle U. alliance, the European network of intensive research universities The Guild, local authorities and socio-economic players, in the best possible way with the innovation ecosystem of Université Paris Cité.

Circle U. brings together the universities of Oslo, Aarhus, Pisa, Vienna, Belgrade, Humboldt University in Berlin, King's College London, the Catholic University of Louvain and Université Paris Cité. This alliance, labelled European University, is supported by the European Commission and the Programme of Investments for the Future (PIA) in France.

International scientific collaborations of IPGP researchers are supported by responses to calls for proposals launched by specific cooperation programs of leading institutions worldwide.

In the framework of the implementation of global networks for monitoring seismic, volcanic, gravity and magnetic activities, the IPGP has developed close collaborations with its partners and local institutions. The operation and maintenance of instruments and field networks are ensured through formal agreements or memoranda of understanding with partner institutions. For example, the IPGP participates in global monitoring systems for seismic activity through GEOSCOPE and for the magnetic field through InterMagnet.

Visiting scientists and associate researchers

The International Office coordinates the invitation program for foreign professors and scientists, who actively contribute to joint scientific projects and student exchanges every year.

In addition, the International Office, together with the Scientific Council, evaluates applications for the status of associate researcher at the IPGP. This status aims at facilitating long-term collaboration between a researcher from an external institution or company and research groups of the IPGP. This position is expected to foster effective collaboration beyond a short-term visit, in order to establish strong and lasting links between the IPGP and its scientific partners.

Internationalisation of the education through research

International PhD candidates contribute to one third of the PhDs prepared at the IPGP. One of the main objectives of the IPGP is to attract even more international PhD candidates and post-docs. Instruments have been developed locally by the IPGP and Université Paris Cité as well as at the European level through different programs such as Erasmus, Marie Sklodowska-Curie actions or the research and education networks of the Horizon Europe program.

Circle U. Chairs

The aim of the Circle U. Academic Chairs program is to ensure strong and sustainable links between partner universities, between research and teaching, between students and staff, and between universities and society. In 2021, academic chairs have been opened for permanent staff members who will devote 20% of their working time to Circle U.

By joining this network of inter-university and interdisciplinary cooperation, students and teachers will have the opportunity to experience diverse and innovative academic, social and cultural learning environments. These Chairs will network and be the driving force behind the Knowledge Hubs on Health, Democracy and Climate, the Open School of Public Governance, Student Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the Think and Do Tank on the Future of Higher Education.

Mires and SMARTS-UP programs

The MIRES excellence grant program is supported by the IdEx funds of Université Paris Cité, encouraging scientific mobility in Europe and internationally for students enrolled in one of its research masters programs, all disciplines included.

The SMARTS-UP program, launched by Université Paris Cité, allows the best international students to study in France, by giving them access to a complete curriculum including courses in English and projects with the best research teams, including those of the IPGP. The aim of this program is to promote the internationalization of master’s programs and to facilitate the reception of the best international students, with a view to recruiting future PhD candidates within the Earth Planets Universe Graduate School.