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About the Institute

The INSTN, Institut national des sciences et techniques nucléaires (National Institute for Nuclear Science and Technology) is a public higher education institution administered by the CEA (French Atomic Energy and Alternative Energies Commission) under the joint authority of the Ministry of National Education, Higher Education and Research, the Ministry of the Economy, Industry and the Digital Sector and the Ministry of the Environment, Energy and Marine Affairs.

Core business: education and training

The INSTN was established in 1956 to train engineers, researchers and technicians tasked with implementing the French civil nuclear development programme which was introduced in the 1950’s.

For 60 years now, its mission has been to transmit knowledge and know-how developed by the CEA and its industrial partners and thereby support the growth of the nuclear industry. It does this by contributing to developing human resources required by research and industry, at any level of qualification, from operator to researcher.

Top-level training courses

The INSTN delivers highly specialised academic and continuing education programmes focused on nuclear sciences and techniques used in the energy and health sectors.

The Institute offers attractive top-level training courses that meet the needs of socio-economic stakeholders in the nuclear sector. These include:

INSTN programmes meet the training needs of a wide audience, from students in initial education, apprentices, jobseekers, employees and those returning to studies or those undertaking retraining or reskilling, etc.

An international dimension

With a wealth of international experience since the 1970’s, the INSTN contributes to promoting the French nuclear sector by providing support to industry players in the training component of their export ventures.

The Institute is committed to the European process by actively participating in the development of a European area for higher education in the nuclear sector. It is a founding member of the ENEN (European Nuclear Education Network) Association which is a network that promotes training activities in the nuclear energy sector. The INSTN chaired the association from 2003 to 2013 and is also involved in projects funded by the European framework programme for research and development (FPRD) to develop and standardise education and training in Europe.

The INSTN Foundation

The INSTN Foundation’s website – created in 2016 and sheltered by Fondation de France  - is now available in English.
Our aim is to develop and promote Education and Training to support the nuclear sector and development of low carbon energy solutions. To reach these goals, the INSTN Foundation can contribute:
-    to the creation of Teaching Funds
-    to improving student life conditions
-    to the design of educational tools and facilities
-    to transferring knowledge
To find out more, visit our website:

The INSTN Annual Report

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