Institutes and Initiatives Program

The Sorbonne University Alliance promotes interdisciplinary research and the structuring of education through research with the Sorbonne University Institutes, combined with structuring initiatives. Institutes and Initiatives unite the Alliance's communities of researchers and lecturers around a common issue. The Institutes respond to societal issues and aim to make several disciplines work together, thus giving researchers from different backgrounds the opportunity to compare their knowledge and experiences. The initiatives explore opportunities for trans-disciplinary collaboration in other fields. 

Institutes and Initiatives Program

Institutes and Initiatives benefit from doctoral contracts funded by the Excellence Initiative. From 2020, a call for doctoral research projects will be open each year to all the laboratories of members of the Alliance Sorbonne University. Initiatives and Institutes make pre-select projects to which students can apply, and the doctoral students recruited are attached to the Doctoral School of their director or thesis director. To promote synergy between disciplines, co-supervision is strongly encouraged, and even mandatory for certain Institutes or Initiatives.

Lists of Institutes and Initiatives :

  • Collegium Musicae
  • Institut des sciences du calcul et des données (ISCD)
  • Institut universitaire d’ingénierie en santé (IUIS)
  • Institut de la transition environnementale (SU-ITE)
  • Observatoire des Patrimoines (OPUS)
  • Institut des Matériaux
  • Institut de la Mer
  • Sorbonne university Center for Artificiel Intelligence (SCAI)
  • Initiative Centre d'information quantique
  • Initiative Biodiversité, Evolution, Ecologie, Société (IBEES)
  • Initiative Créations artistiques
  • Initiative Economie de la Santé
  • Initiative Genre
  • Initiative Interculturalités et Europe
  • Initiative Sciences de l’antiquité
  • Initiative Physique des infinis
  • Initiative Sciences et ingénierie moléculaires
  • Initiatives Humanités bio-médicales
  • Initiative Maîtrise des systèmes technologiques durables
  • initiative for interdisciplinary reserach in biology (i-Bio)

More informations about Instituts and initiatives

See the 2020 call for projects / See the projects pre-selected in 2020 


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The Faculty of Medicine teaches the 3 cycles of medical studies: from PASS (integrated into the faculty) to the 3rd cycle including DES, DESC, DU and DIU. The lessons are given mainly on two sites: Pitié-Salpêtrière and Saint-Antoine. The faculty also provides paramedical education: speech therapy, psychomotricity and orthoptics. The Saint-Antoine site includes a midwifery school.

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