Observatories for Science of the Universe / Oceanographic research fleet
Through its joint supervision of joint service units, the IRD is a partner of the Observatories for Science of the Universe (“Observatoires des sciences de l’univers” or OSU),
which are internal university schools, each consisting of several research units and teams. The mission of the OSU is to contribute to the advancement of knowledge through the collection of observational data, the development and exploitation of appropriate resources and the establishment of theoretical tools required in the fields of astronomy, astrophysics, solid Earth sciences, marine and atmosphere sciences, and of surface sciences and sciences of the continental environment. They are also responsible for providing services related to their research activities, for training students and research staff, for sharing knowledge, and for implementing international cooperation activities.
The mission of the "French oceanographic Fleet (FOF)" joint service unit is to develop the programming of the ships and of the heavy equipment of its four members, to coordinate investment policies and to anticipate the renewal of the national fleet, taking into account the European dimension of the fleet.
The work conducted at the IUEM is structured around three core missions: research, higher education and observation. Its main area of study is the ocean, its variability, its interfaces and its interactions with living organisms and human activities. The IUEM is present in the South through the ...
Director: Yves-Marie Paulet
The Midi-Pyrénées Observatory carries out work in the field of observation, experimentation, modelling and theoretical approaches for the Sciences of the Universe, of the planet, of space and of the environment ("from the Big Bang to ecosystems "). Other roles include the organisation ...
Director: Pierre Soler
Research, observation and sharing of knowledge in the fields of earth sciences, continental land surfaces, ocean and atmosphere, and in astronomy and planetology. Multidisciplinary approach: physics, chemistry, mathematical tools, biology, interactions with the society. Staff Of the 19 engineers ...
Director: Michel Fily
Fundamental research and long term monitoring of the natural environment, for prolonged periods of time, and encompassing all aspects of the environment (land, water, biodiversity, ecology).
Director: Nicolas Arnaud
The three primary tasks of the FOF joint service unit are to: Develop vessel programs and organise the heavy equipment of their four members, primarily at the service of the scientific community while also respecting the specificities and contractual obligations of its partners; Coordinate ...
The Pytheas Research Institute is a joint service unit. As observatory for sciences of the Universe, it particularly contributes to developing our knowledge by collecting and saving observation data, by developing and implementing appropriate measures, and by creating necessary theoretical ...
Director: Bruno Hamelin