Institut de recherche pour le développement

Institut de Recherche pour le Développement
Motto Pour le Sud, au Sud et avec le Sud (For the South, at the South, and with the South)
Formation 1937 (1937)
Type Governmental organisation
Purpose Development of southern countries
Headquarters Marseille
Official language
Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer
Jean-Paul Moatti
Main organ
Direction générale déléguée à la Science
€239 million

The French Research Institute for Development (French: Institut de Recherche pour le Développement, IRD) is a French science and technology establishment under the joint supervision of the French Ministries of Higher Education and Research and Foreign Affairs. It operates internationally from its headquarters in Marseille, and two metropolitan centres of Montpellier and Bondy.

It was created as the 'Office de la recherche scientifique et technique outre-mer (ORSTOM)' in 1943.


The IRD institute has three main missions: research on world development, overseas consultancy and training.

It conducts scientific programs contributing to the sustainable development of the countries of the South, with an emphasis on the relationship between man and the environment.


The IRD's scientific activities are organised through five departments :

Associated people

A number of notable researchers are or have been associated with Institut de recherche pour le développement, including:

See also


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