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

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  In 2022, the Institut Pasteur’s international focus was on initiating and strengthening partnerships and scientific collaborations, especially with...
Cryptococoques en interaction avec des macrophages - Institut Pasteur
  This international collaborative unit Fungal Extracellular Vesicles will bring together three scientific teams specializing in the study of extracellular...
The Institut Pasteur decided in December 2022 to suspend its partnership agreement with the Chinese Academy of Sciences regarding the Institut Pasteur of...

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 commitments in various areas.

  • Ethics

  • United Nations Global Compact

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

  • 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.



2022 Annual Report

The year 2022 has seen the values embodied by Louis Pasteur, born 200 years ago, shine through: universality, excellence and humanism. This “Pasteur spirit” is still promoted today to meet the great scientific challenges of our time, to better understand living organisms and to improve human health.

Following on from the Annual Report new look, launched last year, the 2022 edition looks back at Institut Pasteur’s activities in three main sections: Conversations, Advances and Fundamentals. The first part provides a better understanding of the institute’s goals and its international dimension in a turbulent global context. “Advances” highlights the progress made around Pasteur’s four major missions: research, public health, innovation and education. The final section looks at the institute’s governing bodies and resources, as well as its commitment to a high-quality working environment.

In addition to these three main sections, the annual report includes a special report. Entitled “Sentinel”, it highlights Institut Pasteur’s role in public health, and in particular the missions of the French National Reference Centers, expert laboratories appointed by Santé publique France (French Health Authority), whose mandates have been largely renewed for a five-year period at the end of 2022.

Download the 2022 Annual Report

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