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, 32 institutes around the world linked by missions of research, public health and education.


L'Institut Pasteur dans le monde - Institut Pasteur

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 engagements

Sustainable development

Sustainable development

Since 2010, "Campus Vert" activities have been gathering momentum at the Institut Pasteur in a bid to create more awareness about environmental issues and implement projects.

  • Ethics

  • United Nations Global Compact

  • 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.



2018 Activity Report

Discover the Institut Pasteur throughout the course of 2018: a year of consolidation and ambition, also marked by the Institut Pasteur’s 130th anniversary. The Institut Pasteur plays an exemplary role in the French research landscape and in tackling disease. The 2018 activity emphasizes its expertise in basic research, in prophylactic and therapeutic applications and in public health. These are cornerstones of the Institut Pasteur history, which also form the building blocks for its 2019-2023 Strategic Plan, developed in 2018.

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