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21/12/2015

Paris-Rocquencourt Research Centre relocated to Paris

In 1967, General de Gaulle's “Plan Calcul” assigned Iria to the Rocquencourt site after the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) left Camp Voluceau. At end of 2015, the Paris-Rocquencourt research centre is leaving the site for the new “Paris Inria Centre” in inner Paris to be near its academic and industrial partners.

Due to the site's state of disrepair, lack of accessibility and particularly the need to be closer to the academic and industrial community, Inria began in 2007 to examine the future of the Rocquencourt site, which housed its headquarters and the Paris-Rocquencourt research centre.

With the full agreement of its supervising ministries, Inria sought a solution for housing the Paris-Rocquencourt research centre within Paris. In July 2009, Inria received authorisation to open an office in Paris's 13th arrondissement. Around one hundred researchers work at the centre. In September 2013 a steering committee examined relocation of the centre and its report was presented at an interministerial meeting in March 2014. The prime minister's cabinet then approved the relocation in principle and requested further examination.

The process accelerated in 2015: in March, Inria's board of directors approved locating the centre in Paris's 12th arrondissement. The lease has been signed. The facilities, which are in two of the three buildings that make up the Trio Daumesnil complex, become available on 1 December.

Relocation will take place during December 2015 and January 2016: the Paris teams will move into 2 rue Simone Iff in December and the Rocquencourt teams in January.

Inria's headquarters (approximately 200 persons) will remain in Rocquencourt. In the long term, Inria favours transfer of its headquarters to the Saclay site to encourage synergies with its other Paris-area research centre, “Inria Saclay-Île-de-France”. The ultimate solution and timing will depend on the availability of facilities at Saclay and the future of the Rocquencourt site (which is State property that is only assigned to Inria…).

Keywords: Inria Paris INRIA Paris - Rocquencourt Déménagement

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