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N°33 I quarterly I APRIL 2014 In the News | 5 Nomination On February 26, 2014, France’s Council of Ministers voted to reappoint Alain Fuchs as president of the CNRS for another fouryear term. A chemist, Fuchs has devoted his research career to molecular modeling and simulation of confined fluids. He has been a professor at Pierre-and- Marie-Curie University and a senior researcher at the CNRS. Until 2010, he headed the Advanced National School of Chemistry in Paris (École Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Paris). He also founded the Laboratory of Physical Chemistry at Orsay (Laboratoire de Chimie Physique d’Orsay). During his first term, Fuchs strengthened the links between the CNRS and France’s universities and top graduate schools (known as “Grandes Ecoles”) with the aim of devising a joint research policy and promoting the emergence of tomorrow’s major academic centers. He also ensured that the CNRS was a key player in the French program “Investments for the future,” aimed at setting scientific priorities for the coming years. For his new term, Fuchs has established three main objectives: enhance the international presence and visibility of French research; facilitate the emergence of new research areas through interdis- ciplinarity; and promote and strengthen technology transfer. Deeply aware that the CNRS carries the confidence and expectations of French society, Alain Fuchs intends to preserve the continuity of an institution whose values are recognized by the general public, namely, disinterested fundamental research to help improve the country’s knowledge and prosperity. ERC Consolidator Grants w The CNRS was the first recipient of the ERC consolidator grants in 2013. With 14 laureates, the French research organization is ahead of the Weizmann Institute in Israel (10 laureates) and the University of Oxford in the UK (9 grants). France was the third recipient country with 42 grants, after the UK (62) and Germany (43). As their names suggest, these grants are designed to support researchers when they begin consolidating their own independent research teams. The 2013 consolidator grants were the last of the EU’s FP7 research program. During 4 years, the CNRS earned a total of 207 grants, making it the first beneficiary organization of European funding, ahead of the universities of Oxford (131) and Cambridge (130). International Masterclasses’ Tenth Anniversary w The International Masterclasses “hands on particle physics” educational program has just celebrated its tenth edition. Organized each year by the International Particle Physics Outreach Group (IPPOG), it aims to give secondary school students and their teachers an insight into particle physics through one-day sessions in the laboratory. Enabling 15- to 19-year olds to use real data to perform their own measurements, the event—held in about 200 universities and research centers across 40 countries—attracts more than 10,000 participants annually. The CNRS National Institute of Nuclear and Particle Physics (IN2P3) has been participating in the scheme since 2009, with Nicolas Arnaud, from the LAL,1 acting as coordinator since 2011. This year, between March 12 and April 12, the 11 laboratories involved in the CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) project welcomed around 1500 students from more than 50 classes—a 25% increase compared with 2013. “To conclude each session, a video conference was organized with CERN so that the students who had attended a Masterclass that day could compare and discuss the results—in English—like researchers would do,” says Arnaud. Enough no doubt to inspire vocations. 01. Laboratoire de l’accélérateur linéaire (CNRS / Université Paris-Sud) CNRS President Alain Fuchs Reappointed q More than 10,000 students from 40 countries participate in the International Masterclasses each year. © D. Longieras , Laboratoire de l’Acc élérateur Lin éaire , 2014. © F. VERNHET/CNRS Photot hèque


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