The Institut Pasteur

The Institut Pasteur is a private, non-profit foundation. Its mission is to help prevent and treat diseases, mainly those of infectious origin, through research, teaching, and public health initiatives.

Our history

"Chance favors invention only for minds prepared for discoveries by patient study and persevering efforts."


The Institut Pasteur in the world

The Institut Pasteur develops many major international projects in partnership with the main international scientific authorities such as the World Health Organization, and many research institutions, foundations, universities and other private actors worldwide. In addition, the Institut Pasteur is at the heart of the Institut Pasteur International Network, 33 members around the world linked by missions of research, public health and education.


L'Institut Pasteur dans le monde - Institut Pasteur

At the moment

The Institut Pasteur decided in December 2022 to suspend its partnership agreement with the Chinese Academy of Sciences regarding the Institut Pasteur of...
Institut Pasteur - UCSF QBI - San Francisco
  The first day of the three-day visit will feature scientific presentations and an introduction to the research teams, laboratories and startups based on the...
Musée Pasteur - Institut Pasteur
This cooperation aims to increase the expertise of Abu Dhabian health workers and researchers who work on public health and epidemiology.   The agreement...

Our governance

With an effective management policy and successful response strategy, the Management, Board of Directors and General Meeting

board provide the impetus for the Institut Pasteur’s research.

Notre gouvernance - Institut Pasteur

Board of Governors

Through its proceedings, the Board of Governors settles Institut Pasteur matters. Its 21 members meet at least four times a year and attend the proceedings of the General Meeting but do not take part in voting.

Notre gouvernance - Institut Pasteur

General Meeting

The General Meeting approves the Board of Directors’ Annual Report on Institut Pasteur activity, elects 16 members to the Board of Directors and votes on changes to the articles of association upon proposal by the Board of Directors.

Notre gouvernance - Institut Pasteur

Scientific Council

The Scientific Council advises the President of the Institut Pasteur and, if required, the Board of Directors on all issues relating to scientific policy, organization, and research. 

Notre gouvernance - Institut Pasteur


The Management team sets the overall strategy for the Institut Pasteur. The team is supported in its task by the Scientific Council and the Executive Board to ensure achievement of the strategic goals and objectives set.

Our governance 


Strategic and scientific partnership with Université Paris Cité

The Institut Pasteur is a research partner organization, member of Université Paris Cité community. The Institut Pasteur’s association with Université Paris Cité is a global partnership for research and education in the field of biology and health, formally established in June 2021.

Partenariat scientifique et stratégique avec Université Paris Cité


Our engagements

Institut Pasteur

The activities of the Institut Pasteur are constantly part of a responsible, societal and environmental approach. For the sake of transparency with regard to its practices, the Institut Pasteur displays its various commitments.

  • Ethics

  • United Nations Global Compact

  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Commitment
  • The use of animals in the Institut Pasteur's research programs​

  • Greenhouse gas emissions assessment

  • Neighbors Area

  • Social and Environmental Report


Conference Center

The Institut Pasteur is a research center of international renown ideally located in the very heart of Paris. Each year the institute hosts a multitude of scientific and medical conferences and meetings as well as events on a variety of themes.

Centre de conference

Our museum

Musée de l'Institut Pasteur

Visit the Pasteur Museum, a place of remembrance that first opened to the public at the Institut Pasteur in 1936. The Museum harbors the memory of the life and work of Louis Pasteur in the spacious apartment he occupied during the final seven years of his life.

Discover the Pasteur Museum


Strategic plan 2019 > 2023 

The Institut Pasteur has been contributing to the history of science, medicine and public health for 130 years. 

In a context of intense global upheaval, in both health and science and with the emergence of new threats, the Institut Pasteur needs to review its scientific priorities and strategic short and medium-term orientations.



2021 Annual Report

Proudly bearing the name of its founder, Louis Pasteur, the Institut Pasteur marks the bicentenary of his birth in 2022 by celebrating the man and scientist, while also promoting the values he embodied.

This “Pasteurian spirit” is rooted in strong scientific and humanist values and fosters three main ambitions: to understand the living world, to improve human health, and to pass on knowledge to future generations.

Each year, this spirit is valued through the activities of the Institut Pasteur.

The 2021 annual report celebrates the values underpinning this spirit in a new, more condensed format divided into different sections: “Conversations” providing insights on the past year; our special feature on an area of expertise rooted in the “Pasteurian spirit”; “Advances” focusing on key Institut Pasteur missions (research, research applications, public health and education) that form its DNA; and “Fundamentals” addressing its identity, membership of the Pasteur Network, resources and governance.

Advances made by the Institut Pasteur focus on priorities set out in its 2019-2023 Strategic Plan. Some of the key developments in 2021 specifically addressed the first priority area of emerging infectious diseases.

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