CEFRES - French Research Center in Humanities and Social Sciences

Founded in Prague in 1991, CEFRES–French Research Center in Humanities and Social Sciences (USR 3138 CNRS-MAEDI)–aimed at restarting the scientific exchanges between France and Central Europe as it underwent major changes after the fall of communism.

One of CEFRES’s tasks since then has been to build up a network of research teams between France, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia. A French research unit abroad, the center is under the tutelage of both the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs (MEAE) and of the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS). Thanks to the cooperation agreement signed on 21 November 2014 between the Embassy of France in the Czech Republic, the CNRS, the Charles University and the Czech Academy of Sciences, CEFRES is now sharing with these two Czech partners a French-Czech cooperation platform in the humanities and social sciences named “CEFRES Platform”. Anchored in the Czech scientific milieu, the Center has moved in December 2015 in the premises of the Academy of Sciences at Na Florenci 3. Its heart lies in its more than 6,000 volume library, specialized in French social sciences and humanities.

With its networks in France and Central Europe, CEFRES develops its own scientific policy revolving around three transversal research areas. Decided upon in close cooperation with its partners in the Czech Republic, these research areas are the frame in which individual and collaborative projects are supported.

CEFRES supports researchers’ mobility from France and the Visegrad countries. It hosts a team of young researchers and of statutory researchers, whose projects fit in its general scientific policy for more information, see How to Join Us on our website).