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DREI, an office devoted to international relations

CNRS pursues an active international policy, whose implementation is the responsibility of the Office of European and International Relations (Direction des relations Européennes et Internationales, or DREI).

The DREI coordinates the international activities of CNRS with that of other research organizations in France and abroad, and oversees the role of CNRS in any international actions carried out by the French government, working closely to this end with the Ministries of Research and Foreign Affairs. The DREI also plays a role in promoting international exchange. It proposes new venues for collaboration, based on a science and technology watch of other countries. This watch is carried out with the help of CNRS offices abroad and of scientific attaches in French embassies.
To accomplish its task, the DREI has offices in Paris responsible for four geographical areas (Europe; Americas; Africa and Middle East; Asia-Pacific) and 9 offices in foreign countries (see back cover).

2005 In numbers:
Exchange agreements: 85 (with 55 countries)
Foreign visiting scientists: 5000 (PhD students,
post-docs and visiting researchers)
Permanent foreign staff members:

  • 1340 researchers of which 54% come from the European Union
  • 262 engineers and technicians
  • International Programs for Scientific Cooperation (PICS): 186
  • International Associated Laboratories (LEA + LIA): 40
  • International Research Groups (GDRE + GDRI): 27
  • International Joint Units (UMI): 15

Budget for 2006 : €10M

Contact: Isabelle Chauvel,


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