Scientific and Technological Platforms

CIST (FR 2007)

Initially designed as a scientific interest group in 2010, the International College of Territorial Sciences (CIST) became a CNRS research federation (FR 2007) on January 1, 2017. Today, CIST comprises 25 research teams, including six research units from Université Paris Cité.

The aim of CIST is to contribute to formalizing and organizing multidisciplinary research in territorial science locally and internationally. Along with its researchers, professors and engineers from varying teams and disciplines, it has developed seven research areas, namely:


  •     Actions & Territorializations (A&T)
  •     Local Territorial Information (INFTER)
  •     Medias and Territories (MEDIA)
  •     Mobilities, Identities and Territories (MIT)
  •     Territories on the Long Run (PAST)
  •     Regionalizations, Globalizations, Circulations (REMOC)
  •     Territories and Health (SANTE)


CIST’s international conferences are key moments for research conducted across the world in a variety of fields to be presented. In 2020, CIST held its 5th staging of its conference entitled “Population, Times, Territories”, which saw over 300 participants.

Currently, CIST is strengthening its training efforts and is preparing to host a summer school in France and Benin to be held in 2022.

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Géotéca (Geomatics, Remote Sensing & Cartography) is a shared research platform at Université de Paris dedicated to imaging and digital and spatial data. Its objective is to pool together the skills and material necessary for analyzing data and images in all the disciplines that use these techniques, from the humanities to planetary science. To date, 15 laboratories partner with Géotéca.

Géotéca’s roles include :

  • Providing a dedicated work space, providing consultations, organizing events and hosting training programs ;
  • Providing project support in the form of image analysis, data processing and cartography ;
  • Acquiring data, purchasing and maintaining specialized equipment and software ;
  • Providing technology intelligence ;
  •  Lending support to interdisciplinary projects among laboratories.

The team is composed of codirectors Clélia Bilodeau and Paul Passy, research engineer Cathy Chatel, technician Isabelle Marchand and design engineer Violaine Jury.

Who can work at Géotéca ?

  • All year, every day, after registering : doctoral candidates, researchers and engineers at partnering laboratories ;
  • In the second semester from Monday to Thursday, after signing an agreement: M1 and M2 students doing an internship or their thesis.

Géotéca is affiliated with the GHES Department.

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