The Escòla Surbanenca is an independent laboratory and residency center for researchers, hosting the physical campus of the INTP. It is both a workplace and a living space for a few permanent residents and a rotating cast of visitors. The Escòla is located in Surba, Ariège, in the French Pyrenees and close to the Spanish border (see directions).


The center is a large private house and annexes, organized into three main spaces:

  • The Workshop: the central meeting and working space (5 rooms that can serve as offices or visitor bedrooms during larger events)
  • The Base camp: a communal living space (4 bedrooms)
  • The Cottage: a small independent house for groups of up to 4 guests (1 bedroom + 1 sofa bed, kitchen & bathroom)

In total, ten rooms can be used for accommodation of permanent and temporary residents. Other perks include a large garden with vegetables & fruit trees, sloping down to the nearby river.

Access: We welcome queries about access, health, inclusion, safety and any other topic that might impact prospective residents' interest and ability to visit us.

More pictures of our facilities and events on Instagram.


Permanent residents staying or working on campus currently include Matthieu Barbier and Azenor Bideault.