The National Centre for Scientific Research is one of the most renowned public research institutions in the world. For more than 80 years, it has met the requirement of excellence in its recruitment and has developed multi and interdisciplinary research throughout the country, in Europe and internationally. Oriented towards the common good, it contributes to France's scientific, economic, social and cultural progress. The CNRS is above all 32,000 men and women and 200 professions. Its 1,000 laboratories, most of which are shared with universities, schools and other research organisations, employ more than 120,000 people; they advance knowledge by exploring life, matter, the universe and the functioning of human societies. The close link between its research activities and their transfer to society makes it a key player in innovation today. The partnership with companies is the basis of its development policy. This is achieved through more than 150 joint structures with industrial players and the creation of around one hundred start-ups each year, demonstrating the economic potential of its research work. CNRS makes research work and data accessible; this knowledge sharing targets different audiences: scientific communities, media, decision-makers, economic players and the general public.

The CNRS is multidisciplinary and covers all scientific fields: human and social sciences, biology, nuclear and particle physics, information sciences, engineering and systems sciences, physics, mathematics, chemistry, earth and universe sciences, ecology and the environment.

Imitation of structures, properties, processes and interactions developed by biological entities, achievements inspired by nature are increasingly widespread in many fields of research and innovation. The CNRS Institute of Engineering and Systems Sciences has thus chosen Nature-inspired Engineering as its priority scientific theme for 2020. Researchers from its laboratories will show at Biomimexpo how models in nature can be a factor of inspiration for finding engineering solutions to an identified and formalised scientific and/or technological problem.

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