The Center for Ecological-Noosphere Studies (CENS) is a state non-profit organization which was founded in 1989 and transferred to own budget in 1993 as a principal research organization engaged in fundamental and applied studies in the area of ecology, environmental protection.

In 2010 by a special decision of the Prime-Minister RA in the frames of CENS established was the Informational-Analytical Center for Risk Assessment of Food Chain.

The Ecocenter offers master and doctoral schools in different environmental sciences. On the base of the CENS the International Scientific Educational Center of NAS RA MS course chair “Environmental Protection and Natural Management” and UNESCO chair “Education for Sustainable Development” have been operating since 2010.