The fluid and solid mechanics institute (IMFS) is a laboratory depending at the same time on the scientific research national center (CNRS) and the university of Strasbourg.
For the CNRS, it is inserted in the Institute for Engineering and Systems Sciences (INSIS) and in the Institute of Ecology and Environment (INEE).
For the university, it depends on the formation and research unit (UFR), physics and engineering. Its actors are also associated to many teaching activities of the university, of schools of engineers or institutes of Strasbourg, in the fields of mechanics, environment, materials and mechanical technology.
IMFS participates to the creation of a large research institute in Strasbourg in the area of mechanical engineering including other laboratories such as LSIIT, INESS and LSP.
The laboratory depends principally on the University of Strasbourg and the CNRS and secondarily on the INSA of Strasbourg. The engineering schools ENGESS, ENSPS and ECPM are privileged partners of the IMFS.
The IMFS is located in the street Boussingault, in the immediate proximity of the European institutions and the historical campus of the city.
The IMFS is member of the Alsatian network of laboratories in environmental sciences (REALISE).
Another part of the activities is carried out at the university hospital, where the conjunction of mechanics, medicine and the life physical sciences option of the "Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Physique de Strasbourg" (ENSPS) makes possible to study biomechanics.
Let us recall that the laboratory was successively directed by professors L. - A. Sackmann (1950-1974), J. - J. Fried (1975-1987), Professor at the University Louis Pasteur, who is nowadays working at the Conseil Général des Ponts et Chaussées, and L. Zilliox (1988-2000), research director at CNRS and current president of the S3PI (Permanent Secretariat for the Prevention of Industrial Pollution) of the city of Strasbourg. This last director strongly worked (with its predecessors naturally) for the influence of the fluids mechanics institute in the field of water and environmental sciences, in particular by the creation of the IFARE.