The French CNRS and the International Research Lab
The National Center for Scientific Research, CNRS, is the most prominent French public scientific research organization. It operates in all fields of research.
It was founded in 1939 and is now a public scientific and technological institution (EPST) placed under the administrative supervision of the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation.
Its scientific activity is distributed among ten national institutes: human and social sciences, biology, chemistry, ecology and environment, information sciences, engineering and systems sciences, mathematics, physics, nuclear and particles, sciences of the universe. They are at the head of about a thousand units or "laboratories" and labelled services, most of which are managed jointly with other structures (universities, other EPSTs, colleges, industries, etc.).
The CNRS ranks second in the world and first in Europe as a research center.
Declercq's lab, like every lab at GT-Europe, is associated with the CNRS through an International Research Lab (IRL) structure.