Profile and experience
ARMINES is a private non-profit research and technological organisation (RTO) funded in 1967, having common research centers with the Ecoles des Mines Paris (Mines ParisTech), Albi-Carmaux (Mines Albi-Carmaux), Alès (Mines Alès), Douai (Mines Douai), Nantes (Mines Nantes) and Saint-Etienne (Mines Saint-Etienne), gathering public and private personnel and means, to collaborate on an arms lengths basis and perform research contractual activities and academic research training. The Joint Research Units and the collaboration between ARMINES and the Ecole des Mines are organised under the administrative authority of the French Minister of Industry, with ARMINES having in addition the duty to manage research contractual activities and the related intellectual property rights.
ARMINES currently shares 48 Joint Research Units (Common Research Centres) with the Ecoles des Mines. With a total turnover of more than €44,72 million (2015), ARMINES is amongst the top of private contract research institutions affiliated to higher education entities. ARMINES is also member of EARTO (European Association of RTOs) and EIRMA (European Industrial Research Association Management) and of the Carnot Institute. In terms of European activity, ARMINES through the Joint Research Units is involved in European projects since 1994 (FP4) and obtained, within FP7, 11 projects as coordinator and 87 as partner.
Center for the Sociology of Innovation
The Center for the Sociology of Innovation (CSI) is a research center of Mines ParisTech, ARMINES and CNRS (UMR 9217). The CSI is well known for developing Actor-Network Theory (ANT) with renewed Science and Technology studies, and has been extended to issues related to the sociology of markets and political sociology. Today its research focuses on the development and the role of science and technology in society.