Organisation and Governance


CIERA has a general assembly, a steering committee, a scientific council which all promote the decisions and orientations of its activities. Their roles and structure are set out in the GIP’s constituting convention and as well as its rules of procedure.


The General Assembly is CIERA’s main decision-making body. It is chaired by Hélène Miard-Delacroix, professor at Sorbonne Université who is also president of CIERA.
The General Assembly brings together the representatives of the 12 member institutions of the Centre. Other participants in the General Assembly include a representative of the German Academic Exchange Office (DAAD) and of France’s Ministry of Higher Education for Research and Innovation (MESRI).


The steering committee meets as an interdisciplinary committee. It discusses and directs the Centre's actions and acts as a selection committee for most of its programmes. CIERA’s member institutions appoint university teachers to represent them on this committee. These members thus ensure the liaison between CIERA and the teams of the institutions they represent.


The Scientific Council is chaired by Patrick Farges, a professor at the University of Paris. It brings together eminent scientists from French and German institutions outside the Centre’s member institutions. It provides an informed look at the general scientific orientations of CIERA and makes recommendations on the program of activities.


About us


CIERA (Centre Interdisciplinaire d’études et de Recherches sur l’Allemagne) or Interdisciplinary Centre for Studies and Research on Germany brings together 12 of the most prestigious French higher education and research institutions within a public interest group (GIP). The Centre promotes and supports scientific cooperation between France and Germany. Based in Paris, its activities are conducted in France (mainly in the Ile-de-France, Grand-Est and Rhone-Alpes regions), in Germany and beyond.

CIERA is supported by the German Academic Exchange Office (DAAD: Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst) and by France’s Ministry of Higher Education for Research and Innovation (MESRI: Ministère de l’Enseignement supérieur de la Recherche et de l'Innovation).


CIERA works for all young researchers (from a master’s degree onwards) and confirmed researchers who work on, but also with Germany, or more broadly in connection with the German-speaking area in the humanities and social sciences.

You do not have to be a Germanist, and your work does not have to relate only to Germany, if you wish to turn to us.

CIERA proposes a range of innovative activities and actions for Franco-German research:


CIERA welcomes researchers to an international research laboratory that allows them to rethink and transcend academic and disciplinary boundaries – from a Franco-German perspective.

Placing the humanities and social sciences in a global context does not mean only speaking English. Above all, it is an understanding of what speaking scientifically means: a language that is always situated, but with the aim of supporting universal understanding. Our conviction is that the thorough work on, and with a foreign location, a foreign scientific tradition, and using foreign notions of concepts, methods and disciplines, is the best way to acquire a distanced perspective of oneself and to accede to a true international dimension.

It is precisely because they are so close and so different – including in their scientific traditions – that Germany and France offer an exceptional laboratory to make internationalisation a reflexive tool in research.

So, CIERA is therefore not only a place providing access to Germany; it is at the same time a passage toward interdisciplinarity, towards a greater understanding of scientific languages – and so ultimately also an invitation to re-discover oneself.


CIERA was set up under political impetus from the highest level. In September 1997, in Weimar, the French and German governments signed an agreement calling for the creation of a consortium to encourage, structure and internationalise training and research programs in the humanities and social sciences.

"We believe that we need to deepen further the mutual knowledge of the realities of our countries. The forthcoming opening in France of a centre for German studies and research responds to this need, by contributing to the multidisciplinary training of future specialists of contemporary German realities."

In December 2001, the project resulted in the creation of a public Interest group (GIP) under French law: the Interdisciplinary Centre for Studies and Research on Germany (CIERA), which originally brought together 9 higher education and research institutions. It is jointly funded by Germany and France through the German Academic Exchange Office (DAAD) on the one hand, and France’s Ministry of Higher Education and Research together with member institutions on the other hand.

See the convention which founded the Centre

Since then, the CIERA has expanded. It is regularly renewed and several institutions have joined the alliance of the Centre’s member institutions, which now has 12 members among France’s most prestigious academic institutions. From renewal to renewal, CIERA can optimistically move forward in its 20th year.

This success is also due to the strength and inspiration of those who presided over the creation and consolidation of CIERA: Michael Werner (its founding director) in particular. In 2015, the members of the GIP agreed to extended their participation for ten years. DAAD, too, has renewed its support in 2023: and so the history of CIERA can continue!

The team


CIERA is managed by a small team of 13 people in support of Franco-German research, and the centre expands its networks permanently. Please, do not hesitate to send us your requests and questions:


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President, professor, Sorbonne Université


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Nicolas HUBÉ

Director, professor, Université de Lorraine
01 53 10 57 30

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Nathalie FAURE

General secretary
01 53 10 57 33

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Deputy director, Associate professor, Université de Strasbourg

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Deputy director, Associate Professor, Sciences Po

Academic Staff

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Doctoral and postdoctoral programmes, DAAD lecturer, EHESS
01 53 10 57 31

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Laurence GUILLON

Coordination of the Rhône-Alpes cluster, Associate professor, Université Lumière Lyon 2

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Master’s programme, Associate professor, Sorbonne Université
01 53 10 57 31

Administration Staff

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Valentin BOYER

Mobility and funding programmes
01 53 10 57 37

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Isabelle SCHÄFER

Communications, Eventmanagement
01 53 10 57 36

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IT-administration, Website
01 53 10 57 35

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01 53 10 57 38

Agence comptable

Karine PETIT

Our training workshops


Our workshops help you to take the key steps in your life as a young researcher. You can draw on our catalogue of regular and ad hoc training. CIERA provides a multidisciplinary and Franco-German framework for research learning. It trains you to promote and capitalise on your work, share and disseminate it outside the usual channels.

Travel expenses are covered on a flat-rate basis for persons registered with the CIERA.

Registering for CIERA does not just mean benefitting from a one-time training offer. It is also a way to become a member of an active community of researchers and gradually build a professional and friendship network. Membership also guarantees receiving our calls for applications and invitations to our annual festive meetings directly in your mailbox.

Historique et rapports d'activité

Inauguré par les ministres de la Recherche français et allemand le 29 novembre 2001, le CIERA est le fruit d’un accord signé en septembre 1997 à Weimar par les gouvernements allemand et français. La déclaration commune des chefs d’État et de gouvernement soulignait : "Nous pensons qu’il faut encore approfondir la connaissance réciproque des réalités de nos pays. L’ouverture prochaine en France d’une centre d’études et de recherches sur l’Allemagne répond à ce besoin, en contribuant à la formation pluridisciplinaire des futurs spécialistes des réalités allemandes contemporaines" . Dans cette optique, l’Office allemand d’échanges universitaires (DAAD) et la Délégation aux relations internationales et à la coopération du ministère français alors chargé de l’enseignement supérieur et de la recherche ont lancé un appel d’offre conjoint en vue de mettre en œuvre ce projet. La création du CIERA a été publiée au Journal Officiel du 13 décembre 2001.

Trajectoires - Travaux des jeunes chercheurs du CIERA

La revue trajectoires, créée en 2007 par une équipe de jeunes chercheurs, situe son ambition dans la ligne du projet développé par le CIERA, visant à renforcer les connaissances que la France et l’Allemagne ont de la société, de l’économie, de l’histoire, de la géographie, de la culture ou encore des institutions du pays voisin. Dans une volonté de dialogue permanent entre les disciplines des sciences humaines et sociales, elle vise, par la publication de travaux de jeunes chercheurs, à proposer un regard stimulant et résolument interdisciplinaire tant sur le monde germanique, que dans une perspective comparative, sur la France et l’Allemagne. Elle se donne ainsi pour mission de participer à l’émergence d’une génération d’auteurs ouverts à l’interdisciplinarité, propre à nourrir le dialogue franco-allemand dans sa diversité.