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Focus on 12 research areas

Based on an interdisciplinary approach and its 30 laboratories, the Institut Polytechnique de Paris has identified 12 priority fields of research in which the combined expertise of its Schools can provide concrete scientific and technological solutions to societal and economic challenges, in particular through its interdisciplinary centers and in collaboration with academic and industrial partners.
Focus on 12 research areas

Energy and climate

Climate change is one of the greatest challenges facing humanity. High-level research must be conducted in this field, in order to both improve climate change projections and find solutions to support energy transition. The Institut Polytechnique de Paris coordinates its research in this priority field:

  • Environment, climate
  • Energy transition


Faced with sweeping scientific and technological changes around the world, society is undergoing a rapid transformation in which digital technology offers a multitude of opportunities and opens new horizons. In light of these changes, the laboratories at Institut Polytechnique de Paris Schools bring together a wide range of expertise to explore three priority fields:

  • Artificial Intelligence and Data science
  • Networks and the Internet of Things
  • Mathematics and digital simulation


As society is also facing rapidly-evolving threats (outside intervention, anti-terrorism, cyber-attacks, etc.), the scope of security must be expanded. The Institut Polytechnique de Paris leverages the expertise of its Schools, particularly in the fields of computer science and mathematics, to develop research in:

  • Defense and Cybersecurity
  • Geopolitics and strategy


New technologies are a driving force for the industry of the future. Researchers at the Institut Polytechnique de Paris explore innovative research fields combining fundamental and applied research:

  • Innovative Materials and Quantum Technologies
  • Lasers and plasma Science
  • Robotics


Understanding living organisms, from fundamental questions to health problems, is central to the progress of society. Research at the Institut Polytechnique de Paris is conducted based on an interdisciplinary approach combining fundamental sciences (biology, mathematical and computer modeling, mechanics, physics etc.), engineering and a dialogue with medicine, in order to develop modeling, predictive and quantitative capabilities for living organisms that can help develop cutting-edge innovations in the field of bioengineering:

  • Bioengineering