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Baie de Koh Lanta


New archaeological sites discovered in Koh Lanta Bay

During its latest survey mission in Koh Lanta Bay from 6 to 13 March 2021, the French archaeological mission in Thailand-Burma Peninsula, uncovered new archaeological sites containing remains and paintings from thousands of years ago.

Affiche du webinaire Women in Science en Thaïlande


Webinar | Inspiring Career Paths: Successful stories of Women in Science

To celebrate the International Day of Women and Girls in Science on February 11th, Valérie Verdier, IRD's Chairman of the board and CEO, gave an opening speech during the webinar: "Inspiring Career Paths: Successful stories of Women in Science shattering the glass ceiling".

Découverte de l'exposition IRD "les insectes au secours de la planète"


IRD celebrates Thailand National Science and Technology Fair 2020

IRD, alongside Cirad and the French Embassy in Thailand, took part together in the National Science and Technology Fair in Bangkok. Organised by the National Science Museum (NSM), this event attracts more than a million visitors every year from all over the kingdom to discover the latest advances...

Villageoise montrant une tectite trouvée au Laos


Laotian tektites reveal the recording of a giant impact at very high pressure

800,000 years ago, the impact of a large asteroid in Indochina projected a large quantity of drop-shaped or teardrop-shaped fragments of glassy rocks, known as tektites, resulting from the continental surface fusion throughout Southeast Asia and as far as Antarctica. A particular type of tektite...

Services de la délégation


The ACE-partner project: strengthening thematic training and research networks in West Africa

The result of an institutional collaboration between IRD, AFD, the World Bank and the Association of African Universities (AAU), the ACE Partner project promotes the influence and sustainability of thematic networks between African Centres of Excellence (ACEs).

Petite fille utilisant un produit désinfectant pour se laver les mains


Laotian project PHYDELAO selected by AUF to continue its fight against the transmission of COVID19

Competing with nearly 2000 projects from 79 countries around the world, the Laotian project PHYDALEAO (PHYto-Desinfectants against the airborne spread of SArs-COV2) has just been selected to be funded by a special fund of the Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF) devoted to the fight against...

Sociable weaver


Researchers build first AI tool capable of identifying individual birds

New research demonstrates for the first time that artificial intelligence (AI) can be used to train computers to recognise individual birds, a task humans are unable to do. The research is published in the British Ecological Society journal Methods in Ecology and Evolution.

Gov4Nano project.


South Africa leads the dynamic African cooperation with European research

The European Union H2020 Programme is coming to an end with not less than €80 billion dedicated to research and innovation over the last 7 years. The new framework programme, Horizon Europe, will follow from 2021 to 2027.


[Project] SSSQ - Society for the Social Studies of Quantification

International Research Network (IRN) January 2020 - December 2024 France, South Africa, United Kingdom, United States


[Project] GovInn - Public policies and governance innovation in Southern Africa

Platform in partnership for research and training (DP) South Africa

Rencontre des chercheurs IRD au Vietnam avec des lycéens lors de la Journée de développement durable à HCMV

Communication of IRD in Vietnam

One of IRD's missions is to disseminate the results of the research works that it carries with its partners, to many audiences: students in international and Vietnamese schools, decision-makers, and even the general public. All media (books and comic strips, exhibitions, and above all films) are...

Formation de l'utilisation du planeur sous-marin aux partenaires vietnamiens à l'ICISE, Quy Nhon

Partners of IRD in Vietnam

IRD works in Vietnam in close partnership with many Vietnamese, French and international institutions. Here are listed the main ones, i.e. those with which long-term projects and collaborations are carried out.

The MARECO card game.

Innovation and scientific culture in Reunion Island

The IRD's research thematics address global issues that touch everyone. In order to promote the results of their work and to share the scientific culture with the general public, especially with the youth, scientists are carrying out various actions to foster the dialogue between science and society...

Partenariat scientifique, Vietnam

AR 2019 - Partnerships and innovations


The bookshop

The IRD makes progress in research for development accessible by publishing scientific reference works taken from programmes run by the Institute alongside its main French and foreign partners.

Logo Campus de l'Innovation, Rabat, Maroc

AR 2019 - Innovation Campuses

An "innovation campus" is an open physical place where research is carried out in partnership with actors from society and the economy, through the pooling of skills and expertise, to meet social challenges.

Benoit Duong, VIA at LMI RICE 2 observes under the optical microscope the roots of arabica coffee trees sampled in Son La province, Vietnam

AR 2019 - Promotion, innovation

Beyond its goal of commercial exploitation, the promotion and innovation department strives to strengthen research's contribution to society. To this end, the department is steering research towards a much wider approach, so that its results may benefit society as much as possible: where, until now...

Breeding Aedes mosquitoes in laboratory.

[Project] TIS AEDES OI - Implementation of the Sterile Insect Technique in the Indian Ocean

February 2019 - March 2021 Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mayotte, Reunion

Atelier CoLab

Enhance the impact of research on society and build innovative partnerships

The promotion of research and the principle of open and responsible innovation are at the core of all IRD's missions. The goal: to enhance the impact of research on people living in the Global South and attain the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Institute's actions in France and abroad are...

Europe et international

Europe and internationally

The IRD is an essential scientific point of contact on the European and international scene and contributes to research programming, works in synergy with institutions, develops influence campaigns and mobilises development operators in order to support public policies.