Institut Pasteur (IP) is a non-profit foundation dedicated to the prevention and treatment of diseases through biomedical research, education, and public health activities. For over a century, IP has been at the forefront of the battle against infectious diseases. Organised in 10 departments IP is recognised as a leader in infectious diseases research, and ranked as a top-level institution for publication impact in the field of microbiology. Through its International network of 32 Pasteur Institutes in 27 countries IP contributes to a better detection and control of pathogens of major concern for Human and Animal Health. A high-level technology park, composed of 10 state-of-the-art technological platforms, offers cutting-edge equipment and know-how. The IP’s Teaching Centre offers a high-quality training program to young French and foreign researchers through a unique combination of high-quality theoretical, analytical and technical courses and lectures. Within the Department of Virology, the unit of “Molecular Genetics of RNA Viruses” is headed by Prof. Sylvie van der Werf. The unit is the coordinating laboratory of the French National Reference Centre for influenza and hosts the WHO National Influenza Centre (Northern-France) and WHO H5 reference laboratory. The unit currently coordinates the FP7 project PREDEMICS (278433) and participates in several other European FP7 projects (EMPERIE, FLU-PHARM, FIBEBIOTICS) as well as in the FLURISK project funded by EFSA.