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France on the Move

Anne Houdusse1 has been awarded the “FEBS/EMBO Women in Science” prize, given every year to a woman who has made an exceptional contribution to the life sciences. Gérard Férey, from the Institut Lavoisier2 has won the ENI prize for the protection of the environment, awarded by the eponymous Italian petroleum company, for his work on large-scale sequestration of CO2. And Michel Dyakonov from LPTA3 received the American Physical Society's “Beller Lectureship Award.”
Sébastien Candel, from the EMC2 Laboratory,4 has been elected as a foreign associate of the US National Academy of Engineering, while George Calas, from IMPMC5 has been made a Fellow of the Geochemical Society and of the European Association for Geochemistry.
Last but not least, Gérard Mourou, head of LOA6 and professor at the Physics Department of the Ecole Polytechnique, has been elected to the physics section of the prestigious Academy of Russian Sciences. Mourou has made major contributions to the invention of the laser amplification technique, which has paved the way for new fields in optics and physics.
1. Motilité structurale (CNRS / Institut Curie).
2. CNRS / Université Pierre et Marie Curie.
3. Laboratoire de physique théorique et astroparticules (CNRS / Université Montpellier-II).
4. Energétique moléculaire et macroscopique, combustion (CNRS / Ecole Centrale Paris).
5. Institut de minéralogie et de physique des milieux condensés (CNRS / Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin).
6. Laboratoire d'optique appliquée (CNRS / Ecole polytechnique / ENSTA / Université Paris-XI).

Abel prize
The French-Russian mathematician Mikhail Leonidovich Gromov, aged 65, was awarded the Abel Prize 2009 for “his revolutionary contributions to geometry.” A French citizen since 1992, Gromov was born in Boksitogorsk in the Soviet Union. Since 1982, he is a permanent professor at the Institute of Advanced Scientific Studies (IHES), near Paris. The third French mathematician to win this award since its creation in 2003, Gromov “has produced deep and original work throughout his career and remains remarkably creative,” commented the Abel Committee.

is CNRS' global position in the Webometrics ranking of the most visible research and higher education institutions on the internet. Drawn up by the Cybermetrics Lab (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas) in Spain, the ranking is based on popularity indicators of sites as well as on the number of publications available online. CNRS takes top place among European research organizations.

A New Director for Humanities and Social Sciences
Bruno Laurioux has been appointed scientific director of Humanities and Social Sciences at CNRS as of February 1st, 2009. He had been acting director since September 1st, 2008. He will be entrusted with setting up CNRS' new Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences.

erc advanced grant

CNRS Takes First Place
Sixteen CNRS researchers were chosen as recipients of the first “Advanced Grant” competition put out by the European Research Council (ERC).1 Twelve of them are hosted at CNRS and four in other institutions in France or abroad. CNRS thus takes top place among host organisations in Europe. The objective of these grants is to give backing to internationally-recognized and experienced researchers of all nationalities hosted in laboratories in the European Union or associated countries. Three major fields were covered: physical sciences and engineering, life sciences, and humanities and social sciences. Interdisciplinary projects were also selected. The winners can be funded to the tune of as much as €3.5 million over a period of five years.


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