Science at Work for Human Health

  • Student enrollment 38,000

  • 13, 000 graduates/year

  • 7,000 continuing education students/year

  • 1,400 doctoral students

  • 2,500 researchers & 73 research labs

The Paris Descartes Foundation supports and enhances the societal impact of Paris Descartes University.

Producing and transferring science for the improvement of health, society and the economy: such is the mission of Paris Descartes’ professors and researchers. Our pioneering, multidisciplinary teams work together to find innovative solutions that will transform the world for generations to come. We aim to go faster, farther, and to make science and care accessible to as many as possible in France and beyond.

Through 5 impact areas, we aim to:

  • Understand diseases and find cures
  • Promote physical, mental, social well-being and a more inclusive society
  • Support changes induced by the evolution of science and technology
  • Power the economy through knowledge, innovation and transfer
  • Protect, promote and transmit our exceptional scientific heritage

A major player in higher education and research

University Paris Descartes is France’s second-largest university, and a central player within Sorbonne Paris Cité, a major university consortium. Our courses and degree programs as well as our research clusters deploy innovative practices that define models and shape practices across higher-education and research institutions nationally.

Uniquely positioned to deliver 360° solutions

Focused on Health and Human Sciences, our 1,860 researchers cooperate across disciplines: sociology, psychology, education and language sciences, anthropology, sports, pharmacy, medicine, biology, chemistry and physics, mathematics and computer science, law and economics. Multiple interactions enable research teams to deliver competitive, ground-breaking research.Producing and transferring science for the improvement of health, society and the economy: such is the mission of Paris Descartes’ professors and researchers. Our pioneering, multidisciplinary teams work together to find innovative solutions that will transform the world for generations to come. We aim to go faster, farther, and to make science and care accessible to as many as possible in France and beyond.

Cross-cutting research themes are: cultures, populations and society; cognition, behaviors and human conduct; law and economics, applied to health more specifically. Our researchers work together to bring science and conscience, anticipate, support and measure societal changes, improve well-being and inclusion, enable access to healthcare while respecting ethical and social values.

Transformative impact: this is what your gift delivers!