Every field of research is divided into disciplines or groups of disciplines corresponding to the sections of the National Committee for Scientific Research. This breakdown, set by ministerial decree, is updated on a regular basis according to advances in science and fields of research, and the names and number of sections are adjusted.
Independence, competency, representativeness, longevity, collegiality, and transparency are the key values of the National Committee; they ensure the relevance and consistency of the evaluations of sections and CIDs, with strict consideration of academic diversity.
The criteria of sections and interdisciplinary commissions.
The detail of section missions and of their operating procedures are set forth in the section by-laws.
The section, the governing body closest to scientific activity, is the reference organization for researchers and research units.
Sections perform several important functions; they:
- evaluate researchers' scientific activity and make recommendations on requests related to their careers
- create first phase admission boards for recruiting researchers
- assess unit projects according to the CNRS priority areas for scientific development
- analyze the current scientific situation and the outlook for the future
Sections analyze current challenges facing research and the new prospects created through major discoveries in their discipline or group of disciplines. The scope of this theme is defined by the section's keywords.
Every four years, half-way through the mandate, the section publishes a Situation and outlook report jointly drafted with the other National Committee bodies.
Sections meet at least twice a year.
They include 21 members:
- 14 members elected by all research personnel
- 7 members appointed by the French Research Ministry based on the Director General's recommendation
A Bureau is created for each section, including: - a President elected by the Scientific Board - four members: two are elected and two are appointed by the Director of the Institute, chosen from section members
Section names and pilot institutes
|01||Interactions, particles, nuclei, from the laboratory to the cosmos|
|02||Physical theories: methods, models and applications|
|03||Condensed matter physics: structures and electronic properties|
|04||Atoms and Molecules, Optics and Lasers, Hot Plasma Physics|
|05||Condensed matter physics: structure and dynamics|
|06||Computer and Information Sciences: Foundations of Computer Science, Computation, Algorithms, Data and Knowledge Representation, Information Processing|
|07||Information sciences: Image and signal processing, computer graphics and vision, embedded systems and systems on chips, robotics, automatic control, human machine interaction, speech and language processing|
|08||Micro- and nanotechnologies, micro- and nanosystems, photonics, electronics, electromagnetism, electrical energy|
|09||Structural and materials engineering, solid mechanics, biomechanics and acoustics|
|10||Fluid and reactive media : transport, transfer and transformation processes|
|11||Supra and Macromolecular Materials and Systems: elaboration, properties and functions|
|12||Molecular architectures: synthesis, mechanisms and properties|
|13||Physical, theoretical and analytical chemistry|
|14||Coordination Chemistry, Catalysis, Interfaces and Processes|
|15||Chemistry of materials, nanomaterials and processes|
|16||Chemistry for living organisms and medicinal chemistry. Design and properties of compounds of biological interest|
|17||Solar system and distant universe|
|18||Earth and the Terrestrial Planets: structure, history and models|
|19||The Earth System: superficial envelopes|
|20||Molecular and structural biology, biochemistry|
|21||Genomes organisation, expression and evolution. Bioinformatic and system biology|
|22||Cell biology, Developmental biology, Evolutionary developmental biology, Reproduction|
|24||Physiology, ageing and tumorigenesis|
|25||Molecular and Cellular Neurobiology, Neurophysiology|
|26||Brain, Cognition and Behaviour|
|27||Host/pathogen relationships, immunology, inflammation|
|28||Pharmacology, bio-engineering, imaging, biotechnology|
|29||Biodiversity, evolution and biological adaptations: from macromolecules to communities|
|30||Continental Surface and Interfaces|
|31||Humankinds and environments: evolution, interactions|
|32||Ancient and medieval worlds|
|33||Modern and Contemporary Worlds|
|35||Philosophy and philological sciences, arts sciences|
|36||Sociology et legal studies|
|37||Economics and Management|
|38||Social anthropology and comparative studies of contemporary societies|
|39||Spaces, Territories and Societies|
|40||Politics, Power, Organization|
|41||Mathematics and interactions of mathematics|