Public dissemination of your research results

If you are a researcher at the CNRS in a research unit co-supervised by the InSHS and have a problem or question concerning the public dissemination of your research results, the InSHS is there to discuss the matter with you and guide you to the right contact person at the CNRS to help you if necessary.

You can write to the director or deputy scientific director in charge of your unit and to the InSHS Communication Pole.

The freedom of expression for researchers is consubstantial to academic freedom. As a principle it is enshrined in and protected by the European Union's Charter of Fundamental Rights, the jurisprudence of the French Constitutional Council and France's Research Code. Nonetheless as with all fundamental rights, exercising freedom of expression needs to comply with the law. French law sets out certain limits to the freedom of expression to reconcile it with other fundamental principles. In this way, insults and defamation are prohibited as is defending terrorism while privacy and secrets are protected including administrative, industrial, commercial and business secrets, etc.

Public speaking by CNRS researchers, engineers and technicians is also regimented by statutory obligations and ethical principles (Law dated July 13th1983 on the rights and obligations of civil servants). These govern the activity of all civil servants who have to respect obligations of dignity, probity and integrity, impartiality, neutrality, professional secrecy and discretion. They are also required to carry out their functions and to obey their hierarchy and respect the principles of secularism and non-discrimination.