Sorbonne University

Sorbonne University is a multidisciplinary research university created on 1 January 2018 by the merger of the universities Paris-Sorbonne and Pierre-et-Marie-Curie universities. It has 52,000 students, including 1,360 doctoral students and 10,200 foreign students, and 6,400 teaching and research staff and 4,700 library, administrative, technical, social and health personnel.

Mainly located in the heart of Paris, Sorbonne University extends its presence to more than twenty sites in Ile-de-France and the regions. Sorbonne University is organised in three faculties of arts, science and engineering and medicine, which have significant autonomy to implement the university’s strategy within their boundaries on the basis of a contract of objectives and resources. University governance is primarily devoted to promoting the university’s strategy, steering, developing partnerships and diversifying resources.


The Institut Pierre-Simon Laplace (IPSL) federates 9 laboratories whose research themes concern climate and environmental sciences from regional to global scales. IPSL leads and participates in several national and European projects. Applied projects aimed at facilitating climate change adaptation or mitigation policies are becoming increasingly important in the Institute’s activities.

The IPSL also has several supervisory bodies: the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) and the Ecole Polytechnique.

The French Aerospace Lab

The French Aerospace Lab (ONERA), a key player in aeronautical and space research, employs more than 2,000 people. Placed under the supervision of the Ministry of the Armed Forces, it has a budget of 234 million euros, more than half of which comes from commercial contracts.
As a state expert, ONERA prepares the defence of tomorrow, meets the aeronautical and space challenges of the future, and contributes to the competitiveness of the aerospace industry.
It masters all the disciplines and technologies in the field.
All the major civil and military aerospace programmes in France and Europe carry part of ONERA’s DNA: Ariane, Airbus, Falcon, Rafale, missiles, helicopters, engines, radars…
Internationally recognised and often awarded, its researchers train many doctoral students.

DGAC, French Civil Aviation Authority

The mission of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGAC) is to guarantee the safety and security of air transport by placing the logic of sustainable development at the heart of its action. It deals with all the components of civil aviation: sustainable development, safety, air traffic control security, economic regulation, support for aeronautical construction, general aviation, aeronautical training.

It is at the same time a regulatory authority, a safety monitoring centre, an air navigation and training service provider, and a partner of the aviation industry.

It supports research and innovation in aeronautical construction and the State’s industrial policies in this sector.