The Research Centre for Basque Language and Texts IKER is a combined research unit (Unité Mixte de Recherche – UMR) administered by the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), the University Bordeaux Montaigne and the University of Pau and Pays de l’Adour (UPPA).
Based in Bayonne on the Nive campus (UPPA), IKER is the only laboratory in France which specialises in Basque Studies.
The research centre brings together specialists in Basque, CNRS researchers and lecturers from UBM and UPPA. The centre, which originated as an associated research unit (Unité de Recherche Associée – URA) (Michel de Montaigne Bordeaux 3), was established by CNRS in its current configuration with the aim of restructuring and raising awareness of Basque Studies in France.
IKER is also the host laboratory for the students of the PhD and Master programs in Basque Studies (UBM & UPPA).