The research policy of the Paris Observatory operates on two levels: at the level of the research units, and at the level of the establishment. The added value of the observatory vis-à-vis its research units consists of defining and coordinating various federating activities which which amplifies their own potential. These federating activities are compatible with the specific policies of the units. They lean on the rich bacground of the Observatory, well known for its for its methodological and scientific expertize, and whose development is vital for its future.
The Science Council has defined, for the next five year plan 2014-2018, a number of transverse axes for which the Observatory’s added value has been clearly identified. They have been classified by subject, methodology, and zones of competence. The purpose of the subject axes is to organize targetted transverse research activities between units of the Observatory. The purpose of the zones of competence is to encourage the dissemination of skills acquired by one or more laboratories to other units, in order to enrich their research, via seminars, workshops and other collaborative efforts.
- Gphys (Gravitation and fundamental physics)
- The terrestrial space environment
- Cosmology and the structure of the Universe
- Exoplaners and the conditions fsor the emergence of life
- Preparation for the CTA
- Radiotelescopes for the XXIst century
- Exploiting Gaia
- Instrumentation for the E-ELT