As part of its statutory and knowledge transfer functions, the Côte d’Azur Observatory has signed collaboration agreements with research institutes and universities nationally and internationally, as well as partnerships with industry. OCA is also supported by local authorities and is involved locally in cultural and educational partnerships.


Consortium agreement involving several European institutes for the development of Matisse (the mid-infrared focal second generation instrument of the Very Large Telescope Interferometer, or VTLI) developed in collaboration with the European Southern Observatory (ESO). 

Kobe University - Graduate School of Science (Japon)

This agreement results in large part from cooperation on the Marco Polo project and collaboration with the scientific team of the Hayabusa 2 space mission on impact processes and the surface behavior of small bodies.


Centre de Recherche en Astronomie, Astrophysique et Géophysique - CRAAG (Algérie)

The collaboration between OCA and CRAAG, the Algerian center for astronomy, astrophysics and geophysics research, began in 1982 with the first class of doctors of astronomy. Since then, OCA has actively contributed to the doctoral and postdoctoral training of several young Algerian researchers. The two institutions cooperate in the fields of Earth sciences and astronomy.


Istanbul University Faculty of Science
Department of Astronomy and Space Sciences (Turkey)

Signed in 2014, this agreement aims to promote the scientific cooperation and academic exchanges which exist in the fields of extragalactic astronomy, cosmology, astronomical data analysis (images and catalogs) and stellar physics.


University of Maryland Department of Astronomy (USA)


The purpose of this scientific and academic collaboration agreement is to develop collaborative programs in the field of planetary science and the study of the solar system, cosmology, celestial mechanics and the modeling and simulation of astrophysical objects and processes.


Institut für Astro- und Teilchenphysik - University of Innsbruck (Austria)

Since 2009, the partnership between OCA, the University of Nice and the Institut für Astro - und Teilchenphysik has given rise to faculty and student exchanges, and joint research and teaching activities in the field of astronomy.


University of British Columbia (USA)

Collaboration agreement in the field of geophysics (seismology, near-surface, including ground penetrating radar and DC resistivity, hydrogeophysics).


Technical University of Crete (Greece)

Memorandum of Understanding in the field of satellite geodesy. Cooperation focuses on calibration and validation activities for altimeter measurement, particularly on Jason-2. It fosters the exchange and comparison of methods and results between the calibration site in Corsica and the one at Gavdos (Crete).


Universidade Federal do Espirito Santo (Brazil)

Agreement for the promotion of scientific, technical and educational exchanges and the development of research programs in the field of cosmology and theories of gravitation.


Osservatorio Astronomico di Torino (Italy)

Agreement for the use of a polarimeter made available by the Turin Astronomical Observatory of the Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica (INAF-OATO), and installed on the C2PU telescope at OCA’s Plateau de Calern observation site. 


EGO Consortium

Cooperation agreement for the Advanced Virgo project involving the Artemis Laboratory.




Astrium SAS - Airbus Defense and Space

Collaboration agreement in the areas of laser range finding, management of space debris, space surveillance and geodesy.



Research collaboration agreements in the following areas:

  • Characterization of turbulence in an optical laboratory
  • Characterization and modeling of air behavior (turbulence/stratification) in a confined environment and implications on the performance of optical instruments.
  • Characterization of stellar “noise” for the detection of terrestrial planets.




Accord de consortium First-TF 

Géoazur, parmi les laboratoires fondateurs, et Artémis, au titre de laboratoire partenaire, sont impliqués dans l’Accord de consortium d’un Labex pour la création du réseau FIRST-TF regroupant les principaux acteurs de la communauté Temps-Fréquence, notamment l’Observatoire de Paris.


RESIF consortium agreement

Consortium agreement as part of the Equipex RESIF (French Seismological and Geodetic Network) research infrastructure made up of multi-scale seismological and geodetic stations that measure the permanent and temporary deformations of French soil.



REFIMEVE+ consortium agreement

The Geoazur and Artemis laboratories are partners of Equipex REFIMEVE+ (Pan-European Metrological Fiber Network).



Conduct of a joint study on seismic source discrimination and characterization of regional seismic wave propagation using a three-component network (Geoazur laboratory).



Conduct of a study relating to the DOMINO project, Demonstrator for Optical teleMetry at hIgh data rate iN low earth Orbit (Geoazur laboratory).

Conduct of a joint study on hyper spectral analysis for interferometric observations of exozodiacal material (Lagrange laboratory).



Scientific Interest Grouping between OCA, CNRS and the University of Nice to promote optics and photonics research in the East Region of PACA in the Côte d’Azur.


GRGS Space Geodesy

OCA is a member of GRGS, a space geodesy research group that federates 12 French research teams.



Collaboration as part of the ODISSE project: “Observation, Deconvolution and Imaging of Satellites and Space from the ground,” with the Office national d’études et recherches aérospatiales (French national aerospace research center).




OCA receives support from local authorities for the renovation of its facilities, for research activities through a doctoral and postdoctoral fellowship program and funding of scientific conferences, and also in its knowledge dissemination activities.

  • Alpes Maritimes Regional Council (Conseil Général), CG06
  • The Schaumasse telescope is made available fortours and courses organized by AQUILA, the University of Nice astronomy association.
  • The Francois Giraud Telescope has been made available to the Centre International de Valbonne (CIV) for educational purposes. 
  • Collaboration on the ASTEP scheme for science and technology in primary schools between the OCA education office and the Nice regional education authority (DSDEN Alpes-Maritimes).
  • L’OCA is involved in the Earth Ocean Universe program of theMEDITES project (for dissemination of science and technology in the Mediterranean) in partnership with the University of Nice as part of a State “investments of the future” (investissements d’avenir) program for the development of scientific and technical culture and equality of opportunity.