The SYRTE department - Sytèmes de Référence Temps Espace - belong to Paris Observatory and is also associated with the CNRS - National Research Center and University Pierre & Marie Curie (Paris 6).
It is a leader in time and frequencies metrology and is also specialized in Earth rotation, celestial reference frame and history of science.
It has in charge of several international services. Associated with the LNE - Laboratoire National de Métrologie et d'Essais - the SYRTE has the responsability of the national reference time and frequence. With the IERS (International Earth Rotation Service), it deliver Earth rotation parameters and other services.
Its teams participate for education with University classroom and also spread scientific culture by organizing public talks.