University of Arizona

The partnership between PSL and the University of Arizona signed in 2020 aims to develop collaborations between researchers and students from both universities in biology and ecology, fields of excellence common to both institutions.

PSL collaborates mainly with the University of Arizona as part of the International Joint Unit iGLOBES - Interdisciplinary and Global Environmental Studies, an international and interdisciplinary research center created in 2008 by the University of Arizona, CNRS and ENS - PSL.

The mission of the iGLOBES IMU is to pomote the international activity of researchers working at the interface of social and environmental sciences. It hosts resident researchers as part of long-term collaborative projects as well as short-term researchers and students. iGLOBES aims to facilitate and develop cooperative actions between the French scientific community and numerous departments and research centers of the University of Arizona.

Collaborations between PSL and the University of Arizona facilitate student mobility, especially at the Master's level with the ENS - PSL, and researcher mobility as well as scientific collaborations between the two universities.

The UMI iGlobes is also an active partner of the Interdisciplinary and Strategic Research Initiative (IRIS) "Origins and Conditions of Life (OCAV)" of PSL, which supports multidisciplinary research projects about the conditions of life or the presence of life in the universe.

The Director of iGlobes also participates in the Bachelor's in Sustainability Sciences and represents PSL in the U7+ Alliance launched on June 5, 2019 in order to create a unique hub for debate between Presidents of international universities who fully assume their civic and social responsibility as global players.

About the University of d’Arizona

The University of Arizona (UA), located in Tucson, Arizona, is a public university founded in 1885.

It has more than 45,000 students at all levels and 3,000 faculty members. It offers education and develops research in all fields, and is particularly recognized in astrophysics and hydrology. It is also renowned for Biosphere 2, an interdisciplinary research center reproducing an artificial closed ecological system in the heart of the Arizona desert. Initially designed to prepare for trips to Mars or the Moon, this prototype is now used for environmental research and to anticipate the response of ecosystems to climate change. It has been awarded three Nobel prizes and ranks among the Top 100 universities worldwide.