Who are we ?



French Institute of Bioinformatics (IFB)

The Institut Français de Bioinformatique (IFB) is the national bioinformatics service infrastructure created as part of the national
"Investments in the Future" programme. It pools, supports and coordinates the development of resources and activities to support research on bioinformatics platforms dependent on public research organizations (CNRS, INRA, INRA, INRIA, CEA and INSERM), universities, CIRAD, and the Institut Pasteur et Curie.

The IFB's mission is to :
provide the life sciences and bioinformatics communities, both academic and private, with access to services that are vital to their research, support for projects based on a high level of expertise, and the opportunity to participate in ambitious projects at national and international level. In order to maintain French research at the highest level of competitiveness and performance in bioinformatics analysis, the IFB anticipates future needs in the field and participates in methodological innovations, in particular to meet the challenges of integrative bioinformatics.

IFB's partners in the French :
bioinformatics community are the Société Française de BioInformatique (SFBI) and the molecular bioinformatics research group (GdR BIM). IFB is the French node of the European bioinformatics infrastructure ELIXIR (ESFRI).



MetaboHUB is the national metabolomics and fluxomics infrastructure created in 2013 as part of the "Investments in the Future" programme launched by the Ministry of Research and Higher Education and the National Research Agency (ANR).
MetaboHUB aims to provide advanced technological tools and services in metabolomics and fluxomics to academic research teams and industrial partners in the fields of health, nutrition, agriculture, environment and biotechnology.

The MetaboHUB infrastructure brings together complementary analytical tools (equipment, analytical techniques, software) and the skills of the 4 platforms.
Its ambition is to develop cutting-edge methods in metabolomics and flowomics in order to meet the technological challenges encountered in the following areas :
- Health, research clinical and medical
- Human Nutrition, food
- Agrosciences, plant biology and green biotechnologies
- Microbiology and white biotechnologies
- Ecotoxicology and environment


French Network of Metabolomics and Fluxomics (RFMF)

Since 2005, the French Network of Metabolomics and Flow has carried out many actions (scientific days, research schools, workshops, travel grants, directory of sites & skills, etc.) covering all fields of application of metabolomics.

Since 2013, the RFMF has been affiliated with the international metabolomics society, the Metabolomics Society (http://metabolomicssociety.org).

In 2014, the RFMF implemented a Junior RFMF for members under 33 years of age. The mission of this session is to promote formal and informal exchanges between young researchers.

As a result, the RFMF is a privileged observatory of the structure and evolution of this discipline at the national level and more recently at the level of the Francophone community.

The purpose of this website is, on the one hand, to draw up an inventory of the state of metabolomics and flow in France, based on the indicators that the RFMF has been able to establish through its various actions, and on the other hand, to provide the necessary information to support and strengthen the structuring dynamics of the Francophone community in this field.

In 2015, the RFMF became the Réseau Francophone de Métabolomique et Fluxomique


University of Rennes 1

Rennes 1 is a transdisciplinary university with a predominantly scientific focus: health (medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, maieutics), human and social sciences (law, economics, management, philosophy); science and technology (biology, computer science, electronics and telecommunications, mathematics, earth sciences, chemistry, physics, mechanics). It has 28 000 students and 3,700 staff at 11 sites in Brittany, including 3 campuses in Rennes and 3 experimental stations.





National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS)


University of Rennes 1