Communication Financial situation

Communication Human resources

Reputation and image

A study was conducted at the end of 2000 in eight European countries as well as in the United States and Canada. It confirmed the strong reputation of the Institut Pasteur, although the awareness of the Institut is somewhat lower for younger generations outside of France. The Institut Pasteur perceived mission is 'medical research'. The Institute has a prestigious aura, inherent in its history, but is also perceived as an up-to-date, dynamic, modern and inspiring trust. By contrast, the Institute is criticised for the low profile of its communication targeting the general public, which explains a perceived lack of nearness.

Scientific publications

In the year 2000, 1,015 publications were accepted and published by major international scientific journals.

Scientific conferences

The Scientific Committee organised 10 conferences and 425 seminars were conducted by the research departments on the Campus. Six Euroconferences, attended by a total of 1,163 people, were held on the following subjects: 'Cell therapy', 'Pharmaceuticals and viral safety: an overview', 'Water, micro-organisms, and health', 'Heart failure: a 21st century epidemic', 'Pharmacogenetics and pharmacogenomics', 'Microorganisms responsible for nosocomial infections'. Sixteen events organised by the Institut Pasteur and 33 events with outside organisers were held at the Scientific Information Center and attended by 14,500 people. In the context of the partnership with the FNAC, four lectures for the general public were organised and held alternately on the Campus and in the Montparnasse site of the FNAC:

'Drugs and the brain';

'Media and science';

'Travel diseases';

'Influenza: a virus of yesterday and today'.

Press relations

Six press conferences were organised on the Campus and one in Hong Kong, when the Hong Kong University – Institut Pasteur joint research centre was inaugurated. Six press files and 24 press releases were circulated. Institut Pasteur was the subject of 14,28 articles in the press, 61 television features and the subject of 65 radio broadcasts. Each day, the press department processes an average of ten requests from journalists. In the first half of the year, Institut Pasteur was erroneously cited in several articles about the growth hormone. The Institut Pasteur initiated proceedings and the Paris High Court found a national daily newspaper guilty of libel.


A new layout with updated inter- and Intranet information came on-line in early 2000. During the year 2000, the Institut Pasteur Internet site (, which consists of over 53,000 pages, received over 10 million hits.

Scientific media library

The year 2000 was mainly devoted to computerising the various constituents of scientific communication, extending on-line access to scientific journals, enhancing network access to literature databases, establishing a scientific image database incorporated in the multimedia resources, and contributing to international projects for on-line pre-publication bases (with the EMBO for Europe and the NIH for the USA). The image library lent or sold 1,880 documents. The media library Internet site receives on average over 700 visits per day.


The Pasteur Museum in Paris and the Research Applications Museum, located at Marnes la Coquette, welcomed 11,718 visitors in the year 2000. Forty-six travelling exhibitions and loans of exhibits enabled Louis Pasteur's work and the Institut Pasteur to be publicised in France and outside of France. Two hundred and seventy requests for historical documentation were granted and 907 photographic documents were lent. The Museums restored several items from the exhibits and the collections were enriched by acquisitions and donations.

The underground station project

The Institut Pasteur contributed to the renovation of the 'Pasteur' metro station, conducted by the RATP in the context of its centenary. The station displays information on public health and the role of the Institut Pasteur.

Special activities for schools

Three lectures for schools were attended by 1,300 pupils and teachers. Over 3,500 pupils and students visited the Institut Pasteur Museum. The visitors came from 540 provincial schools and 259 schools outside France. On that occasion, 45 presentations followed by microscopy sessions, were conducted on subjects ranging from the Institut Pasteur research activities to emergent and nosocomial diseases, including allergy, infections of dietary origin, vaccination, human genetics, autoimmune diseases, etc. Three hundred and fifty scientific documentation files were compiled to meet the requirements of teachers or students.

In-house communication

A new rapid e-mail information system (Institut Pasteur news flashes: 'BIP') was launched. The Intranet was restructured and completed. Access to both resources was provided for the International Network Institutes. The creation of the Internal Strategy Committee, in which all personnel categories are represented, provided a site for information and dialogue. Four staff information meetings were held and four editions of 'Campus', the in-house newspaper, were published. The President held meetings with the department councils and heads of the research units and visited various departments or laboratories to inform himself about specific problems and to answer questions.

Donations and bequests

As a private non-profit foundation, 24% of the Institut Pasteur budget comes from donations from individuals and companies as well as from bequests received exempt of death duties and heritage revenue. This support reflects confidence of the public in the work of the Institut Pasteur and its interest in the Institute activities. This support, vital for the pursuit of the Institut Pasteur missions, will hopefully continue and grow to enable further development of research programmes in the service of public health.


Total donations from individuals and legal entities amounted to FF 47.7 million in the year 2000 (FF 31.4 million in 1999). This increase results from both the loyalty of the donors, many of whom increased the amount of their donations, and new donors recruited through new campaigns. The possibility of monthly or quarterly automatic bank transfers is attractive to an increasing number of donors. The donors avoid having to send checks, while the Institut Pasteur saves on mailing expenses. In the year 2000, the Institut Pasteur participated, with other humanitarian institutions, in the implementation of a fund collection internet site with secure payment facilities:

Apprenticeship tax

FF 4.8 million were collected under the apprenticeship tax paid by companies (versus FF 3.7 million in 1999).


The amount of bequests received and reported in the accounts in 2000 was FF 396 million (versus FF 125 million in 1999). Pursuant to the articles of association, only the unit part of donations and bequests of less than FF 1 million is posted as an operating resource, i.e. FF 70 million for the year 2000. Over that threshold, donations and bequests are allocated to exceptional resources, then posted in the endowment fund. The total amount of the 111 new bequests accepted by the Board of Directors in 2000, and due to be paid in the coming years, was FF 364 million.

Fund-raising activities

Among the numerous actions implemented to raise funds, the following are noteworthy: In the United States, the Pasteur Foundation, under the impetus of its dynamic American Advisory Board, collected almost USD 800,000 during the year 2000, notably in the course of a gala evening featuring the Broadway musical, 'Contact'. Through its intermediary, the Florence Gould Foundation financed construction and equipment of a P3+ security laboratory to focus on the study of severe viruses, including certain viruses related to haemorrhagic fevers. In Canada, the Canadian Louis Pasteur Foundation organised a chamber music concert by the 'La Pieta' ensemble to raise funds that will enable a grant to be awarded to a Canadian researcher for a stay at the Institut Pasteur. Other fund-raising schemes, such as sporting and cultural events, were organised for the benefit of the Institut Pasteur by numerous local associations or members of international networks (Rotary Club, Lions Club). In Hong Kong, a group of local sponsors financed the creation of the Hong Kong University - Pasteur joint research centre.

Ethical policy

Strongly aware of its accountability to its donors, the Institut Pasteur is one of the founding members of the Ethics Committee for social and humanitarian organisations which rely on the generosity of the public, known as the 'Comité de la Charte'. Within this context, the Institut Pasteur reports annually to an independent auditor on its compliance with the commitments of the Ethics Charter, regarding the transparency of accounts and the use of donations as well as information on its activities and management. The analysis shows that, over the last few years, the percentage of the sums collected by sponsorship and directly allocated to research was greater than 90%, fund collection being conducted without using intermediaries. Donors and legatees are informed by a quarterly bulletin, one of which reports on the actions implemented during the year, and by the 'Resources employment' account. Permanent information is available on the Internet site, which has had new sections added this year ( and on Minitel (3615 PASTEUR). Donor information meetings are organised annually with a visit to the laboratories. The visits enable donors to meet with management and researchers.