Oceania representative office


The agents assigned to the Melbourne office are promoting the CNRS towards  :
  • Intensive research universities
  • Funding and research agencies
  • Regional governments
  • French companies embedded in the research ecosystems in Oceania.
Moreover, working together with the CNRS institutes, they are mobilising their laboratories and those of potential partners in the area to strengthen current cooperation and encourage new partnerships to emerge. Major scientific developments are expected in certain sectors (energy,hydrogen,   intelligence, engineering, environment, astronomy, climate, oceans, etc), ensuring that Australia and New Zealand remain major partners and offer considerable development for the CNRS.



the research activities of the CNRS.

The CNRS plays an essential unifying role in the influence of French research, thanks to partnerships with the academic world and industry, both in France and abroad. This partnership approach is structured in terms of scientific policy, innovation, training, and organization.

Almost all of the 1,100 CNRS laboratories are thus mixed research units, bringing together staff from CNRS and one or more other academic institutions of higher education or public research, or from major industrial groups working together on jointly defined themes.


The Melbourne office supports French researchers who wish to establish partnerships in the region and helps bring researchers from the region into contact with CNRS laboratories.


with 1590 co-publications  in 2020 between France and Australia.

For a decade now, the CNRS has been building solid partnerships with Oceania. With 1,590 co-publications in 2020 (44% of the entire Franco-Australian co-production), the Centre is Australia’s top international academic partner, at the same level as the Chinese Academy of Science and ahead of Harvard University. It is also, with 318 co-publications (45% of the entire Franco-New Zealand co-production), New Zealand’s leading non-Oceania academic partner.

Researchers from a variety of sectors – from photonics to physics, biology, energy, geoscience, mathematics, robotics, environment and humanities and social sciences – also undertake missions in the region.

The newly established Melbourne office is there to support and accompany them during their mission is Oceania.

establish & consolidate

International Laboratories, Projects, Networks and Actions.

To strengthen its global anchoring, the CNRS has developed a range of tools to give institutional visibility to strategic international cooperation. In particular, 80 IRLs (International research laboratories) place the organization’s action in the long term. Thanks to the reputation of its researchers, the CNRS is increasing exchanges with its foreign partners within the framework of international programs (International Research Programs) and international networks (International Research Networks).

In Oceania, the CNRS is setting up 1 International Research Laboratories, 13 International Research Projects, 5 International Research Networks, and 10 International Emerging Actions with its partners. The office supports the development of programs and networks in the region.


the mobility of researchers and students.

For the CNRS, the mobility of researchers and students is essential. Its European and international openness is an integral part of its strategy, both scientifically and in terms of attractiveness.

Europe is a priority that is reflected in concrete terms through the CNRS’s participation in European calls for projects, in the construction and management of research infrastructures, and in the development of European research organisations and networks of influence on research policy. Internationally, the CNRS is strongly committed to the movement of scientific exchange. It is the world’s leading producer of publications, 60% of which involve at least one foreign laboratory.

Every year, researchers and students from the various CNRS laboratories carry out more than 60,000 missions abroad to strengthen international partnerships.

CNRS office staff in Melbourne

Meet our team !

Pr Thierry CORREGE

Pr Thierry CORREGE

Regional director

Thierry is the Regional Director of the CNRS Representative Office in Oceania.

Héloïse BENARD

Héloïse BENARD

Scientific and Communication Project Manager

Héloïse is the Scientific and Communication Project Manager of the CNRS Representative Office in Oceania.