Celebration of CNRS’s 80th Anniversary — Tuesday 26 November 2019 [fr]
Tuesday 26 November has marked the highlight of this year dedicated to the celebration of the 80th anniversary of the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS).
This event began with an international symposium that brought together more than 300 people (presidents of universities, funding agencies, directors of research organisations, representatives of government departments, industrial partners, scientists, etc.) in the main amphitheatre of the Institut de France. The program of the symposium was articulated around several panels addressing: the dynamics and rise of open science, the modes of mobilization and action for taking up the great challenges of our time (biodiversity, migrations, artificial intelligence, aging, etc.), and the global strategy that is necessary to tackle international collaboration and competition, two key features of today’s research activities.
A strong presence of the international community is also to be underlined: Europe, China, the United States, India, Japan or Russia, were key contributors to this meeting. Several recorded testimonies of international personalities also significantly contributed to the day.
For the United Kingdom, Julie Maxton, Executive Director of the Royal Society, participated in a panel entitled Coopetition: joining forces for the sake of science . On this occasion, she clearly stated the wish to maintain as close a relationship possible with the Horizon Europe programme. Also noteworthy is the video by Alice Gast, the President of Imperial College London (ICL) who particularly welcomed the creation in 2018 of the International Research Laboratory in Mathematics Abraham De Moivre, between the CNRS and ICL.
Dr Julie Maxton (left) and Prof. Alice Gast (right)
(Photo credit: ESRI)
As a reminder, the signing of a cooperation agreementbetween Oxford University, CNRS and the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs for the “Maison Française d’Oxford”, was one of the highlights of the celebration of the 80 years of the CNRS organized in March 2019 at the Residence de France in London.
The celebration concluded with an exceptional evening ceremony at the Palais de la Découverte in the presence of President Emmanuel Macron, several ministers and representatives of the French and international research communities. In line with the preparation of the Multiannual Research Program Act, to which he reiterated his commitment, the President had the opportunity to establish a direct dialogue with scientists from a variety of backgrounds. The evening was also marked by the presentation of the 2019 edition of the CNRS gold medal to physicist-chemist Thomas Ebbesen.