INSTN, the French National Institute for Nuclear Science and Technology, is a higher education institution founded in 1956 as part of CEA (French Atomic Energy and Alternative Energies Commission). INSTN is specialized in nuclear education and training and has been supporting the growth of the nuclear industry for 60 years. We are contributing to the human resource development required by nuclear research and industry at all qualifi cation levels, from operators to engineers, and researchers.




We have developed a complete and coherent offer ranging from initial to continuing education and life-long training covering all applications of nuclear physics, from energy production to the use of radioisotopes in biology and medicine. These courses are aimed at both French and international students, advanced technicians, engineers, university degree-holders, professionals, etc.




At INSTN, we impart cutting-edge know-how and skills thanks to our privileged access to the scientifi c and technological potential of CEA. Our programs are taught by researchers and experts from industrial companies and safety organizations, university professors and medical professionals.




INSTN is committed to supporting the export of French nuclear technology. We can provide the training segment of an offer submitted by French nuclear companies for an international tender. We participate in various European FP7 projects aiming at building nuclear training schemes in engineering (ENEN III), safety culture (NUSHARE), and radiation protection (ENETRAP III and PETRUS III). We are a founding member of the European Nuclear Education Network (ENEN) that we chaired from 2003-2013. INSTN is also actively involved in various education and training activities supported by or set up at the request of IAEA. Belonging to CEA, benefi ting from solid industrial support, mastering training and education engineering, and offering courses provided by experts are so many assets of our Institute. INSTN is here to adapt to your needs and innovate to provide nuclear professionals with the best training solutions.



  • 114 in-house staff
  • 1,400 trainers and experts (75% from CEA)
  • 1,100 students per year in academic programs
  • 6,400 trainees per year in continuing vocational training
  • 1,500 PhD students working at CEA






We award over 41 academic degrees, including Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, as well as specialized technician degrees (undergraduate vocational degrees) generally taught in partnership with universities and Graduate Schools of Engineering. National and international academic courses cover nuclear engineering, material sciences, radiation protection, waste management, clean-up decommissioning, health technologies, alternative energies, energy economics, technology & innovation, etc. Our courses are offered as regular classroom training or as apprenticeship programs for on-the-job training.




Professionals, engineers, researchers, and experienced technicians can attend some of our 250 training sessions, lasting a few days to several weeks, all-year-around. They cover nuclear engineering, nuclear fuel cycle, nuclear safety, radiation protection, imaging in nuclear medicine, micro and nanotechnologies, etc. These courses can serve to update knowledge, to adapt to a new job, to move ahead in one’s professional sector, to become initiated to a new scientific or technical field, to undergo retraining, etc.
INSTN also designs training programs in French and English, tailor-made for the specifi c needs and expectations of companies and laboratories. These courses can be held at the customer venue.




With its industrial and research partners, INSTN supports newcomer and expanding countries at every stage of the implementation of their nuclear power programs by offering education and training support. For example, we:


  • help students acquire a solid background in nuclear science, at Master’s or PhD levels,
  • provide professionals with vocational training,
  • train the trainers,
  • provide assistance for the local implementation of training platforms, from skill and attitude development to the set-up of facilities,
  • tutor decision-makers to address energy-related issues.


In previous years, we have designed many courses for a number of countries including China, Finland, Italy, Japan, Morocco, Poland, Saudi Arabia, Sweden, Tunisia, Vietnam, etc.