Institut de recherche pour le développement
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|Purpose||Development of southern countries|
Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer
|Direction générale déléguée à la Science|
The 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, ‘Overseas Scientific and Technical Research Office’) 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:
- Earth and Environment
- Living Resources
- Societies and Health
- Expertise and consulting
- Support and training
A number of notable researchers are or have been associated with Institut de recherche pour le développement, including:
- André Briend - pediatric nutritionist
- Denis Vidal - anthropologist
- Jean Marie Bosser - botanist and agronomical engineer
- Jean-Philippe Chippaux - snakebite and tropical medicine expert
- Jean-Paul Gonzalez - virologist
- Michel Luc - nematologist