With a collective of world renowned universities and research institutes, numerous international research partnerships and a reputation for academic excellence, it is little wonder that France is attracting so many scientists working at the pinnacle of their fields. Now home to the European Space Agency, European Molecular Biology Laboratory and the World Health Organisation’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (not to mention an experimental fusion reactor project currently being built), France has firmly established itself as a world player on the international scientific research scene.
Further proving their dedication to scientific research, the French Government has proposed a 6% increase in the 2018 budget for funding towards higher education, research and innovation, bringing the total to an impressive €8.4 billion. With solid financial backing, French research institutes are attracting an increasing number of scientists who are keen to work at renowned facilities such as:
- National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) – A public organisation with backing from the French Ministry of Education and Research, CNRS have a reputation for producing world renowned scientists, with their past faculty including 21 Nobel laureates and 12 Fields Medal award winners. With a total of ten institutes, CNRS are conducting research in scientific, societal and technological fields, with interdisciplinary programs stretching across multiple institutes. According to the Scimago Institutions Rankings (SIR) for 2017, CNRS was named second in the world for leading research organisations (based on scientific publications).
- PSL Research University – Ranked number one in France by the World University Rankings for 2018, PSL has a multidisciplinary approach towards scientific research, fostering formal research agreements with other internationally ranked universities. With 70% of their students enrolled in either Master’s or doctoral programs, PSL currently boast 181 laboratories and 14 Labex laboratories of excellence, in addition to 101 funding grants from the European Research Council.
- Sorbonne University – Created on January 1st, 2018 through the merging of the prestigious Paris-Sorbonne and the Pierre and Marie Curie (UPMC) universities, the Sorbonne University is a public institution dedicated to research and innovation. Composed of 53,500 students, 3,600 administrative and technical staff and 3,400 professor-researchers, the Sorbonne University has 66 research units divided across the fields of humanities, medicine and science. With world class facilities and a multidisciplinary approach, the Sorbonne is a research-intensive university.
With such an array of exciting research projects on offer, many scientists are embracing the chance to pursue a scientific career in France. With the added bonuses of a cosmopolitan lifestyle, world class dining and the rest of Europe at your doorstep, the benefits of working in France go far beyond simple career advancement.