IEMN is a research institute created by the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), two universities and an Engineer school of France northern region. IEMN equipment for design, fabrication and characterization of devices are at the best European level. The institute has a total staff of about 500 persons including 109 professors and associate professors, 45 CNRS researchers, 100 engineers and administrative agents, about 150 PhD students as well as 30 post doc and invited professors and 60 master students and trainees.

The IEMN scientific activity covers a large domain going from the physics of materials and nanostructures to microwaves, telecommunications and acoustics instrumentation.
Very open to international collaborations, more than 100 foreigner scientists coming from 20 different countries are currently working at IEMN.