The CNRS in Namibia

The French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) is among the world’s leading research institutions and is the largest public research organisation in France (32,000 employees, including 11,000 scientists). Its scientists explore the living world, matter, the Universe, and the functioning of human societies in order to meet the major challenges of today and tomorrow.

The CNRS has a joint representative office in Southern Africa with two other French research organisations: IRD and Cirad. It is based in Pretoria, South Africa.

In Namibia, the CNRS researchers conduct around 40 scientific missions each year. Namibian and CNRS scientists contributed to 20 joint publications in 2019 in very diversified science fields (Astronomy-Astrophysics‎, Anthropology‎, Archaeology‎, Environmental Sciences & Ecology‎, Geology‎, Atmospheric Sciences‎…), the main partner being the University of Namibia. The CNRS is the 4th foreign research partner of Namibia, following South African universities. Four long-term research projects currently study the origins of the humanity, the cheetahs’ behaviour, the organisation and health of wild chacma baboons and the composition of aerosols above the western coast of Southern Africa.

For further information, please visit the CNRS office websiteand its Twitter feed.

Last updated on: 21 May 2020