N°31 I quarterly I october 2013 CNRS Networks | 37 For more information. > www.lindau-nobel.org/ vietnam w On July 3rd, CNRS and the Vietnamese Academy of Science and Technology (VA ST) signed the creation of the LIA FOCOMAT (Functional Composite Materials). This LIA will associate teams from the French CIRIMAT 1 and the Vietnamese IT (Institute for Tropical Technology). Stemming from a longstanding collaboration, this LIA aims to develop new composite materials with anticorrosive and non-polluting properties, as well as bone implants and fibrous support materials. 01. C entre interuniversitaire de recherche et d’ingénierie des matériaux Mingling with Nobels by Edd y Delcher wEach summer since 1951, Nobel Prize winners and talented young researchers congregate for a few days in the Bavarian town of Lindau to exchange views and experiences. “Nobel laureates can seem like gods to young people like us, so it’s great to be able to see their human side,” says Artur Ciesielski, one of the 16 lucky young CNRS researchers of the French delegation selected for this year’s edition. The 63rd Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting was dedicated to chemistry. It featured lectures and panel discussions during which laureates presented their current research interests and expanded on topical issues varying from chemical energy conversion and storage to green chemistry, or the need for increased communication among scientists. More informal sessions were also organized, such as master classes, in which groups of young scientists presented their research and had in-depth exchanges with laureates. The “academic dinners” are of course among the numerous social highlights of the Lindau Meeting. In small groups, upon invitation by the academic partners of the Foundation, young researchers share a meal with Nobel Prize winners in various restaurants around the city. “These dinners give laureates a human face. The conversations I had were very encouraging. It strengthened the impression that my research was on the right track,” says Jalal Ghilane, a nanoelectrochemistry research associate at Paris Diderot University. “This event is extremely important as I feel there is a consistent lack of communication between generations,” adds Ciesielski. Nobel laureates also praise the event. “It has vastly expanded over the years,” explains 2005 Physics Nobel laureate Roy J. Glauber. “In the very beginning, only German researchers were invited. Now we have people from around the world.” He particularly enjoyed the presentation of 2012 Physics Nobel laureate Serge Haroche who “discussed so many things at such an appropriate level of complexity that everyone in the room understood.” With this year marking the 50th anniversary of the Elysée treaty—a symbol of Franco-German reconciliation—this Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting was made all the more special by the renewal of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between CNRS, the Council for the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings, and the Foundation Lindau Nobel prize winners Meetings at Lake Constance. This MoU makes it possible for CNRS to nominate up to 12 young researchers to attend the Lindau events devoted to natural sciences (and up to 5 on the topic of economic sciences) for the next three years. The 2014 edition will honor the fields of medicine/ physiology and economics, while the 2015 meeting will be dedicated to interdisciplinary subjects. Contact information: DERCI, Paris. Anne-Marie Brass >Annefirstname.lastname@example.org © C. Flemmin g q Nobel laureates Serge Haroche and Aaron Ciechanover. Lindau Meeting (CNRS / Université Toulouse-III / INP Toulouse). germany w The LIA ISTROF (Instabilities and Turbulence in Strato-Rotational Flows) was signed last July between French and German partner laboratories.1 It stems from the Geoflow Program started in 2005 which focuses on experimental and numerical modeling in weightlessness, with experiments performed at the International Space Station. The LIA will continue research in this area by performing experiments during parabolic flights. 01. L aboratoire d’ondes et milieu complexes (CNRS / Université du Havre); Laboratoire fluides, automatique et systèmes thermiques (CNRS / Université Paris-Sud); Institut de recherche sur les phénomènes hors équilibre (CNRS / Aix-Marseille Université / Ecole Centrale de Marseille); Laboratory of Aerodynamics and Fluid Mechanics (Brandenburgische Technische Universität Cottbus).
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