FRANCE: Mathematical sciences foundation launched

Six leading research institutions have joined forces to launch the Mathematical Sciences of Paris Foundation, bringing together the expertise of nearly 1,000 researchers.

The universities of Pierre-et-Marie-Curie Paris-6, Diderot Paris-7 and Paris-Dauphine, the Ecole Normale Supérieure, the National Centre for Scientific Research and the Collège de France have formed the network to provide mathematical solutions to new questions raised by advances in science and technology, and training and advice in pure and applied mathematics and computer science.

The foundation was created in 2006, and officially launched in Paris by Valérie Pécresse, minister for higher education and research, last month.

It describes its main missions as promoting fundamental and applied research, increasing collaboration with the best international scientific institutions and developing public and private sector research partnerships.

Among participating scientists are 120 French and international award-winners, including four Fields Medallists, and 14 members of France’s Academy of Sciences.

More on the Mathematrical Sciences of Paris Foundation site