Since the institute was created in 1953, Pasteurian researchers have continued to maintain the same determination to contribute to the improvement of public health.
Now in 2013, to better meet the challenges of microbiology and infectious diseases in Cambodia and in the region, the Institut Pasteur in Cambodia, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health of Cambodia and its partners, INSERM, ANRS, AIRD/IRD, Fondation Mérieux, CIRAD, Institut Pasteur in Paris has decided to create a regional research platform of which the foundation stone was celebrated on March 11th 2013 by Professor Mam Bunheng, Cambodian Minister of Health, Professor Alice Dautry, Director General of the Institut Pasteur and Mr. Serge MOSTURA, Ambassador of France on the occasion of the 60th anniversary ceremony.
To commemorate the creation of the Institute Pasteur in Cambodia, a brochure relives his story that sheds light on the role of the Institute in Cambodia, and explores its future through the eyes of Cambodian researchers. A sculpture of Louis Pasteur carved by artists from “Artisans d’Angkor” in a special stone from Siem Reap, and an exhibition prepared by Mr Yvon Chalm (Acyc Architectes) consisting of photographs of ancient and modern Pasteur Institute (set up by Jean-François Périgois ), and paintings, prints and sculptures by artists from Cambodia were the cultural flagship of the celebration of the 60th anniversary. The opening of the exhibition was held at the Sofitel Phokeethra in Phnom Penh on 12 March 2013. The exhibition lasted until June 30 and was posted for two month at Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf and Spa Resort. The exhibition of works will be exposed at the French Institute on November 1st, 2013.
Several other events will take place during the year 2013, with a show of the film “Pasteur” at the French Institute, an open door of the Institute, and presentations with discussions on ethics in science.