Updated 29/09/23

As a European tropical island territory, La Réunion has geostrategic assets for the Southern African, East African and Indian Ocean region, creating a favorable environment for growing research, development and innovation activities.

The IRD office in La Réunion opened in 1987 to implement the first marine environment monitoring program linked to the growth of tuna fishing in the Indian Ocean. The teams have now grown to organize and implement various research programmes connected with the territory’s issues.

A scientific reference on major development issues

The French National Research Institute for Sustainable Development is a multidisciplinary organization of international renown. It is placed under the dual responsibility of the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation and the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs.

It carries an original approach to research, expertise, training and knowledge sharing for the benefit of territories and countries that make science and innovation one of the first tools for their development.


Reunion coastline.

© IRD - Thibaut Vergoz

Reunion coastline.

Areas of responsibility

The IRD office in La Réunion also covers IRD’s activities in Mayotte and Iles Eparses.


The IRD office in La Réunion also covers IRD’s activities in Mayotte and Iles Eparses.

The office is part of the Southern Africa, Eastern Africa and Indian Ocean Region, with other offices in Kenya, South Africa, Madagascar and Seychelles.

Setting up mosquitoe traps in Reunion Island

© IRD - Thibaut Vergoz

Setting up mosquitoe traps in Reunion Island

Staff number and location

The permanent and contractual staff members are around fifty per year on average with a distribution of approximately 1/3 researchers and 2/3 technical engineers in 2019. They are hosted in 5 main organizations in partnership with the University of La Réunion and the local research stakeholders’ premises (CIRAD, CYROI, …):

  • At the university technology park in Saint-Denis
  • At the Moufia Campus of the University of La Réunion, in Saint-Denis
  • At the Cyclotron of La Réunion and the Indian Ocean (CYROI), in Saint-Denis
  • At the French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (Cirad), in Saint-Pierre
Research on emerging diseases

© IRD - Guillaume Villegier

Research on emerging diseases.

Our team

Laurence Tibère


The Representative

Laurence Tibère, Representative





Support to research team

Représentation IRD La Réunion


Benoît Soyer, Administrator (and interim representative)

Finance and missions service
  • Françoise Hale, Accountant and finance manager
  • Florence Ousenie, Finance and mission management
Partnerships and research contracts service
  • Prisca Sinivassin, Project management assistant
  • Minahisoa Rakotonomenjanahary, Project management assistant
Snapper school.

© IRD - Thomas Changeux

Snapper school.


Email address: la-reunion@ird.fr


Postal address:


CS 41095

2 rue Joseph Wetzell

Parc technologique universitaire

97495 Sainte Clotilde Cedex


Tél : 02 62 52 89 19

Représentation de la Réunion