Scientific progress is necessary to further sustainable and human development. IRD carries this conviction with it wherever it is present, and wherever it works with its partners.

For IRD, this is the only model capable of generating solutions that measure up to the challenges we are currently facing – global changes, climate change, loss of biodiversity, pandemics, humanitarian and political crises, etc. – because the issues of sustainable development are challenges that affect the planet as a whole.

A new approach: sustainability science

Sustainability science defines research topics that respond to the problems of the real world, using a trans-disciplinary approach rather than a questioning approach that is the prerogative of scientific disciplines.

The IRD has compiled its scientific priorities to meet the 17 sustainable development goals (SDG) defined in the UN’s 2030 Agenda, and organised ten interdisciplinary and partnership structuring programmes (PSIP).