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The French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) is one of the most recognised and renowned public research institutions in the world. For more than 80 years, it has continued to attract talent at the highest level and to nurture multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary research projects at the national, European and international levels. Geared towards the public interest, it contributes to the scientific, economic, social and cultural progress of France.

The CNRS is above all 33,000 women and men, more than 1,000 laboratories in partnership with universities and other higher education institutions that advance knowledge by exploring the living world, matter, the Universe, and the functioning of human societies.

The CNRS ensures that this mission is carried out in compliance with ethical rules and with a commitment to professional equality. The close relationship it establishes between its research missions and the transfer of acquired knowledge to the public makes it today a key player in innovation in France and around the world. The CNRS also provides access to research findings and data.

CNRS is represented in Southeast Asia by its regional office based in Singapore.


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