Frequently asked questions | Institut Henri Poincaré
The Institut Henri Poincaré is an international research and outreach centre in mathematics, theoretical physics and related fields. For more information please refer to the category The institute.
The Maison Poincaré is IHP’s museum of mathematics, which will be hosted in the Perrin building. Its logo involves a pun in French on the word Poincaré (point=dot, carré=square). The museum is not open yet.
It is also the name of the IHP department in charge of outreach activities, which can take place right at IHP | Maison Poincaré or somewhere else at our partners.
The Borel building is the original building of IHP. It is made of red brick, and its entrance has inspired IHP’s logo. It owes its name to its founder, the mathematician Émile Borel.
The Perrin building corresponds to the former physical chemistry laboratory of Jean Perrin. It is made of yellow brick, and is endowed with an astronomical tower. IHP expands to this building once refurbished. In particular, the Maison Poincaré will occupy the ground floor (permanent exhibition) and part of the basement (temporary exhibitions and workshop room) of the Perrin building.
The entrances to the two buildings face each other.
The Institut Henri Poincaré has some spaces that are open to the public.
You can freely access our premises on the ground floor of the Borel building, which includes a cafeteria, as well as on the first floor where the library is located.
The other floors of the Borel building are reserved for researchers and authorized personnel. The usual opening hours of the building are specified at the bottom of the home page of this website. Closures are specified in the news. The specific library hours are specified on the dedicated page.
The Perrin building is not open yet. Neither is the museum Maison Poincaré.
For information on activities related to scientific programmes, we invite you to browse the Research section. The library welcomes you every working day and gives you access to all kinds of documentary resources. If you are interested in maths popularization, the Outreach section is for you. Finally, if you wish to book a workspace at IHP, please see the Rooms & services section.
Regarding events and resources (conferences, podcasts, documentaries, exhibitions, etc.) for schoolchildren, students, teachers and the general public, we invite you to browse the Outreach section.
The Institut Henri Poincaré offers a catalog of exhibitions that can be borrowed. It is available on the Exhibitions page of the Outreach section.
To book any room or workspace at IHP, we invite you to browse the Rooms & services section for more information and to submit your reservation request on this form.
If you wish to get in touch with the Institut Henri Poincaré, we invite you to
browse the Governance page, where you can find several generic e-mail addresses at IHP