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Descartes Prize to EPICA
EPICA (European Project for Ice Coring in Antarctica) is one of the laureates of the 2007 Descartes Prize for Research, awarded in Brussels on March 12, 2008. The EPICA project brought together scientists and engineers from 10 European countries, including scientists from CNRS. In a 10-year effort, they managed to reconstruct the climate and atmospheric composition of the last 800,000 years, based on ice cores drilled at a depth of over 3200 meters in the Antarctic ice sheet. The Descartes Prize for collaborative research has been awarded yearly since 2000, to trans-national research teams that have achieved outstanding scientific or technological results through collaborative research in any field of science, including economics, social sciences and humanities. The amount to be shared among the laureates of the research prize is €1,360,000.

French Chemistry Honored in Japan
Gérard Férey from the Institut Lavoisier1 is the recipient of the 2008 Lecture Award of The Chemical Society of Japan, for his work on inorganic porous solids and organic-inorganic hybrids. He is the second French scientist to receive this award since its creation 40 years ago.
1. CNRS / Université Versailles-Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines.
> CONTACT: Gérard Ferey,

Science Communication Prize

Jean-Pierre Luminet, CNRS research director at the Paris Observatory, was nominated Communicator of the Year by the European Commission. The Prize recognizes and rewards high-quality and accurate science communication activities aimed at a general audience.
A renowned specialist in cosmology and the space-time structure of the universe, Luminet has made major discoveries in cosmology and black holes. Through popular science books, historical novels, beautifully illustrated exhibition catalogues, and multimedia productions, he has communicated his fascination for science to an audience of all ages and cultures. The three laureates of the Science Communication Prize of the European Commission will each receive € 60,000.
> CONTACT: Jean-Pierre Luminet,


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