The institut de physique du globe de Paris is a major institution for higher education and independent research, piloted by an executive board and a scientific council. The IPGP belongs to the University Sorbonne Paris Cité
COMUE (community of universities and institutions) and is affiliated with the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) as a joint research unit (UMR 7154), in partnership with Paris Diderot University, and joint service unit (UMS 3454).
It brings together around 150 top-tier researchers recruited from around the world, 170 engineers and administrators and over a hundred PhD students from the world over that share the same passion for Earth and planetary sciences. The IPGP has numerous cooperation agreements with prestigious foreign institutions, making it possible to have ongoing scientific exchanges all across the world.
A world-renowned geosciences organisation, the IPGP studies the Earth and the planets from their core to their outermost fluid envelopes through observation, experimentation and modelling. Particular focus is placed on long-term observations, which are essential in the study of natural systems. The IPGP is in charge of certified observation services in volcanology, seismology, magnetism, gravimetry and erosion through its permanent observatories in Guadeloupe, Martinique and Reunion Island and in Chambon-la-Forêt in mainland France. The IPGP also equips and maintains two global geophysics networks that monitor variation in the magnetic field (INTERMAGNET network) and seismic activity (GEOSCOPE network) around the globe.
The IPGP hosts powerful computational resources and next-generation experimental facilities with top-tier technical support. Its flexible structure facilitates the emergence of research teams in the most promising fields.
The IPGP is responsible for several master's and doctoral degrees in close collaboration with Paris Diderot University. An advanced training program in geophysical imaging is proposed jointly with MINES ParisTech and several industrial partners (CGG Veritas, Schlumberger, Shell, Total).