The Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris (IPGP; French for "Paris Institute of Earth Physics") is a French governmental, non-profit research and higher education establishment located in Paris, dedicated to the study of earth and planetary sciences by combining observations, laboratory analysis and construction of conceptual analogical and numerical models.
IPGP is part of CNRS (UMR 7154), CNAP, University of Paris VI and University of Paris VII. It is the second largest CNRS research unit in France. The institute mission is to achieve excellence in research and academic education in the fields of geosciences through several peer-reviewed governmental and international programs. The institute has 14 research divisions and 6 observatories. IPGP is also in charge by the French government of monitoring the active volcanoes on French territories in addition to the management of the worldwide network of seismological stations GEOSCOPE, and a major contribution to the worldwide network of magnetic observatories Intermagnet. IPGP maintains permanent volcanologic observatories in Réunion (Piton de la Fournaise), Guadeloupe (La Soufrière) and Martinique (Mount Pelée) islands. The institute also maintains several state of the art analytical facilities in applied geophysics as well as a park of a variety of geophysical instrumentation's.
IPGP maintains three campuses in the Paris area. Until 2010, its main headquarter location is inside the Jussieu Campus in the 5th arrondissement of Paris. After 2010, it moved into a state of the art dedicated facility adjacent to the Jussieu Campus, in front of the Jardin des Plantes. IPGP has a second campus located 6 km to the east of Paris where it conducts space and planetary science activities ranging from building geophysical space instruments and sensors to planetary data analysis. The third campus is located in Paris VII university and is mainly dedicated for teaching. IPGP maintain a staff of nearly 500 persons: it is one of the world's largest geophysical institutions, ranked second among the best research institutes in natural sciences in France and employs many world-renowned Earth scientists.
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Coordinates: 48°50′50″N 2°21′24″E / 48.8473°N 2.3568°E