BRGM, the French geological survey, is France’s leading public institution for Earth Science applications for the management of surface and sub-surface resources with a view to sustainable development.

Under partnerships with numerous public and private stakeholders, it focuses on scientific research, providing scientifically-validated information to support public policy development and international cooperation.

Its activity meets 4 objectives:

  • understanding geological phenomena and related risks,
  • developing new techniques and methodologies,
  • producing and distributing data for surface, subsurface and resource management,
  • providing the tools required to manage the surface, subsurface and resources, prevent risks and pollution, and manage policies in response to climate change.

It is in line with 6 major scientific and societal challenges: geology and knowledge of the subsurface, groundwater management, risks and spatial planning, mineral resources and the circular economy, energy transition, data and digital infrastructures.

Lacs d'altitude dans le Massif d'Aneto, Hautes-Pyrénées

BRGM, a public industrial and commercial institution

The BRGM (Bureau de Recherches Géologiques et Minières) was created in 1959. It operates as a public industrial and commercial institution, reporting to the Ministries in charge of Research, Ecology and the Economy.

Terre aux sept couleurs, Ile Maurice
  • 1052.00
    members of staff, including over 700 engineers and researchers

  • 25.00
    countries of operation

  • 27.00
    agencies in mainland and overseas France

2020 activity

Operating result of BRGM in 2020

Operating result of BRGM in 2020.


2020 BRGM accounts - Breakdown of activity by item

2020 BRGM accounts - Breakdown of activity by item.