Pierre and Marie Curie University

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Logo upmc sorbonne.png
Type Public
Active 1 January 1971 (1971-01-01)–31 December 2017 (2017-12-31)
Budget 400 million euros[1]
President Jean Chambaz
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Students 32,000
Location Paris, France
48°50′50″N 2°21′23″E / 48.847222°N 2.356389°E / 48.847222; 2.356389Coordinates: 48°50′50″N 2°21′23″E / 48.847222°N 2.356389°E / 48.847222; 2.356389
Campus Urban
Nickname University of Paris VI
Affiliations Sorbonne University,[2] CNRS,[1] LERU, EUA
Website www.upmc.fr
Pierre and Marie Curie University is located in Paris
Pierre and Marie Curie University
France Paris

UPMC,[3] formerly Pierre and Marie Curie University (French: Université Pierre-et-Marie-Curie) or also known as Paris VI,[4] is a public research university in Paris, France.

It took over the faculty of Sciences of the University of Paris (the Sorbonne),[5] which ceased to exist following student protest in May 1968. It is a member of the Sorbonne University Group and will merge into the Sorbonne University, re-creation of the University of Paris, 1 January 2018.[6][7]

The university is located on the Jussieu Campus in the Latin Quarter of the 5th arrondissement of Paris, France.

UPMC is the largest scientific and medical complex in France, active in many fields of research with scope and achievements at the highest level, as demonstrated by the many awards regularly won by UPMC researchers, and the many international partnerships it maintains across all five continents.[8] Several university rankings have regularly put UPMC at the 1st place in France, and it has been ranked as one of the top universities in the world, the ARWU (2014) has ranked UPMC as the 1st in France, 6th in Europe and 35th in the world and also 4th in field of mathematics, 25th in field of physics, 14th in field of natural sciences and 32nd in field of engineering, technology and computer science.[9]

It has more than 125 laboratories, most of them in association with the Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS). Some of its most notable institutes and laboratories include the Institut Henri Poincaré, Institut d'astrophysique de Paris, Laboratoire d'informatique de Paris 6 (LIP6), Institut de mathématiques de Jussieu (shared with University Paris-Diderot) and the Laboratoire Kastler-Brossel (shared with École Normale Supérieure).

The University's Faculty of Medicine Pierre and Marie Curie is located in the teaching hospitals Pitié-Salpêtrière and Saint-Antoine (the latter itself being the successor to Saint-Antoine-des-Champs Abbey).

UPMC delivers a diploma in physics in English, since September 2013 for Université Paris-Sorbonne Abou Dhabi.[10]


University of Paris (Sorbonne) at the 17th Century
The old entry of University of Paris 6 as the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Paris(campus Jussieu, Quai Saint-Bernard)
Historic View of University

Creation from the faculties of Science and Medicine of the University of Paris[edit]

The University of Paris (French: Université de Paris) first appeared in the second half of the 12th century, but was reorganized in 1970 as 13 autonomous universities after the student protests of the French May.

In 1971, the five ancient faculties of the former University of Paris (Paris VI as the Faculty of Sciences) were split and then re-formed into thirteen universities by the Faure Law, the campus was built in the 1950s and 1960s, on a site previously occupied by wine storehouses.

The Dean, Marc Zamanski, saw the Jussieu campus standing as a tangible symbol of scientific thought in the heart of Paris, with the Faculty of Science, set in the Latin Quarter, as part of an intellectual and spiritual continuum linked to the university history of Paris.

The University of Paris VI became the scientific center and was set up in 1971; it shared the Jussieu campus with the University of Paris 7 and the Paris Geophysical Institute (Institut de Physique du Globe).

In 1974, the University of Paris VI chose prestigious champions when it adopted the name Université Pierre et Marie Curie, after Pierre and Marie Curie, and ever since has endeavored to perpetuate the scientific legacy of these forebears.

In 2007, it took the name UPMC.[11]

UPMC is now the largest scientific and medical complex in France, active in all fields of research (see "University Rankings").[12]

In 2008 the university joined the association Paris Universitas changing its logo accordingly[13] and adding the name of the association after its own.

Dissolution into the faculties of Sciences and Medicine of the Sorbonne University[edit]

In 2010, the Sorbonne University group was created, including the Pantheon-Assas University, the Paris-Sorbonne University, the Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, the INSEAD and the University of Technology of Compiègne and the Pierre-and-Marie-Curie University; for this occasion the logo were changed again.[14]

UPMC will merge 1 January 2018 into the Sorbonne University, re-creation of the University of Paris, and provide its faculties of Sciences and Medicine[15]

Campus locations[edit]


Rest of Île-de-France[edit]

Other regions[edit]

University rankings[edit]

University rankings
ARWU World[16] 39
Times World[18] 121
QS World[17] 141

The university is often ranked as the best university in France [19]; in 2014 UPMC was ranked 35th in the world, 6th in Europe and 1st in France by the Academic Ranking of World Universities.[20] It was ranked 4th in the world in the field of mathematics by the same study, the 2013 QS World University Rankings[21] ranked the university 112th overall in the world and 3rd in France. In 2013, according to University Ranking by Academic Performance (URAP),[22] Pierre and Marie Curie University is the 1st ranked university in France and 44th ranked university in the world, the UPMC is a member of Sorbonne Universités.[23]


Interdisciplinary subjects[edit]

UPMC has more than 5,000 researchers and professors working in over 120 laboratories across four interdisciplinary divisions: Modeling & Engineering; Energy, Matter & the Universe; Living Earth & Environment; Life & Health. The research ranges from fundamental to applied, and explores major issues including health, climate change, water, biodiversity, energy, and communications.

Research cooperation agreements are managed by the Research and Technology Transfer Department, this department is the primary contact for the government ministry, research organizations, private companies, foundations, associations, and laboratories.

Modeling and engineering[edit]

UPMC is a leading university in mathematics: pure mathematics, digital computation, probability, statistics, and combinatorics. Information Technology research is focused on: architecture, networks, systems, artificial intelligence, programming and scientific computation; in the field of electronics, work is concentrated on the articulation of architecture, electronics, artificial intelligence and signal processing.

In mechanics, applied mathematics and macroscopic physics, research groups are focussed on problems in: fluid dynamics, instability, turbulence, energy transfers, complex systems and coupled phenomena.

Numerous initiatives in scientific and medical imaging, artificial intelligence and robotics are in place, with its three teaching hospitals, UPMC supports many interdisciplinary teams working on medical research challenges, such as imaging, micro-surgery, assistance for disabilities and artificial organs.

Matter and new materials[edit]

UPMC research in physics covers most fields in the discipline. Subject areas have been organized around four main areas:

Entrance of Paris 6
Paris 6 the Faculty of Medicine
  • Basic phenomena: fields, particles, atoms and molecules
  • Optics (lasers and measurement) and diluted matter
  • Condensed matter: structure, order and disorder and complex materials
  • Nanonetworks, surfaces and interfaces

Chemistry groups have based their research on the principle of interdependence between synthesis, analysis, studies of structures and properties of new chemical compounds:

  • Design and production of new materials
  • Characterization of new materials using different forms of spectroscopy and microscopic techniques, and the study of their properties
  • Studies of reaction mechanisms
  • Modeling of chemical reactions
  • Development of new analytical techniques

Projects involving a number of disciplines are mainly joint studies of new materials. Applications concern fields as diverse as concretes, catalysis and new materials for rapid information technology, for analytical sciences and environmental tests, as well as new forms of energy storage and conversion.

Living earth and the environment[edit]

Environmental studies at UPMC involve research in: climate change, oceanography, marine ecology, the impact of human activities on continental and marine ecosystems, and management of natural resources.

Unusually, the discipline of Astrophysics, is also included as part of environmental studies because of the reforms passed post-1968 in French research (Earth and environmental sciences are grouped with "Les sciences de l'Univers", that is astrophysics and planetary sciences), the Paris Institute of Astrophysics is included here.

Life and health[edit]

Genetics, biochemistry and molecular biology, cell biology, the biology of development and physiology, including at UPMC:

1) development of Group Research Institutes ["IFR – Instituts Fédératifs de Recherche", another means to centralize French research institutes]. UPMC has several, including the IFR at Saint-Antoine Teaching Hospital specialized in the physiopathology of cancers, inflammatory processes, and the hormonal mechanisms involved, and the Pitié-Salpêtrière Teaching Hospital which has two IFRs, one on neuroscience and the other on the heart, muscle and vessels. A third area of research covers topics in immunity and infection, the IFR on Cell Communication & Regulation on the "Cordeliers" campus specializes in the field of cell biology, nutrition and immunology. Finally, an IFR for integrated biology on the Jussieu campus focuses on the integrated study of cellular and molecular mechanisms involved in development, reproduction, and the major physiological functions of animal and plant organisms, and their evolution.

2) development of a network of small laboratories specialized in post-genomics and proteomics, phenotyping and imaging.

UPMC doctoral schools[edit]

The UPMC Doctoral Schools are built around their own research teams, which are mostly associated with the CNRS, INSERM, INRA, INRIA, or IRD, as well as with other universities and partner organisations. Each school organises doctoral studies based on the four main research themes of the university.


The UPMC houses eight notable scientific collections that are open to researchers,[24] some collections are open to the public as noted.

  • Minerals – over 1500 minerals on display in 24 cases, open to the public
  • Physics experiments models – models built by professors from the Sorbonne and UPMC in order to demonstrate different principles of physics
  • Zoology – teaching collection of stuffed specimens, skeletal mounts, fluid parts, anatomical casts and insect boxes
  • Paleontology – research collection of fossil invertebrates
  • G. Lippmann collection – Research collection of 46 photographic plates created by Gabriel Lippmann in his studies of photography and the physics of light
  • Charcot library – Research collection of the personal library of neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot
  • Paleobotany – Research collection of Fossil plants
  • Musée Dupuytren – moved from Cordeliers, will be open to the public occasionally, features wax anatomical items and preserved specimens illustrating diseases and malformations.

Notable people[edit]

Academicians affiliated with UPMC include:

Nobel laureates from UPMC[edit]

This list includes people who were involved with Faculty of Science from the erstwhile University of Paris, of which UPMC is the main heir:[25]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b (in French) Key University Figures – UPMC – University Pierre and Marie CURIE – Sciences and Medicine – Paris. Upmc.fr (15 August 2013). Retrieved 16 June 2014.
  2. ^ (in French) Sorbonne University – UPMC – University Pierre and Marie CURIE – Sciences and Medicine – Paris. Upmc.fr. Retrieved 16 June 2014.
  3. ^ Dates of UMPC
  4. ^ University of Paris#Thirteen successor universities
  5. ^ Cite error: The named reference aeres was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  6. ^ Le Figaro, Le retour de la grande université de Paris
  7. ^ University World News, Merger of elite Paris universities gets the go-ahead
  8. ^ Université Pierre et Marie Curie – UPMC. "UPMC – University Pierre and Marie CURIE – Sciences and Medicine – Paris". Retrieved 15 July 2015. 
  9. ^ Pierre and Marie Curie University – Paris 6 in World Top 500 Universities Archived 31 July 2016 at the Wayback Machine.. Shanghairanking.com. Retrieved 16 June 2014.
  10. ^ Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi
  11. ^ Dates of UMPC
  12. ^ Université Pierre et Marie Curie – UPMC. "History and Famous People". Retrieved 15 July 2015. 
  13. ^ http://www.upmc.fr/fr/salle_de_presse/communiques/archives/l_universite_paris_6_devient_l_upmc_paris_universitas.html. Retrieved 3 September 2010.  Missing or empty |title= (help)[dead link]
  14. ^ Nouveau logo -Université Pierre et Marie CURIE – Sciences et Médecine – UPMC – Paris Archived 27 September 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
  15. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 13 November 2016. 
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  18. ^ World University Rankings 2018
  19. ^ https://www.usnews.com/education/best-global-universities/pierre-and-marie-curie-university-503435.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  20. ^ "World University Rankings – 2013 – France Universities in Top 500 universities – Academic Ranking of World Universities – 2013 – Shanghai Ranking – 2013". Retrieved 15 July 2015. 
  21. ^ "QS World University Rankings 2013". Top Universities. Retrieved 15 July 2015. 
  22. ^ "URAP – University Ranking by Academic Performance". 
  23. ^ Institutions – UniversityRankings.ch – Results of University Rankings Archived 15 January 2016 at the Wayback Machine.. UniversityRankings.ch. Retrieved 16 June 2014.
  24. ^ "Patrimoine scientifique" (in French). UPMC. Retrieved 5 July 2016. 
  25. ^ "Nobel Laureates". UPMC. Retrieved 8 March 2013. 

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