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Sylvia Serfaty and Cédric Villani named to the French Research Council

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Sylvia Serfaty and Cédric Villani appointed to the French Strategic Research Council

Sylvia Serfaty, professor of Mathematics at UPMC and winner of the Henri Poincaré Prize in 2012 and Cédric Villani, director of the Henri Poincaré Institute (UPMC/CNRS) and recipient of the 2010 Fields Medal, were both appointed to the French Strategic Research Council of the Ministry of Higher Education and Research.

The current Strategic Research Council was established on 19 December 2013. Vice-chaired by Pascal Colombani, Associate Director and Senior Advisor at AT Kearney Paris and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Valeo, the Council 's main objective to promote the importance of research in France. Thus, it will "ensure that research results benefit more in the creation of businesses and jobs, the emergence of new industries and the transfer of innovation in enterprises" according Geneviève Fiaroso, Minister of Higher Education and Research. The Council is made up of 26 experts in the fields of research, economy and innovation, parliamentarians and members of the Office of the ARF (Association of Regions of France). They will define the broad guidelines of the strategic research agenda, transfer and innovation. The aim is to improve the innovation policy of the country. One of the first tasks will include "identify a limited number of major scientific and technological priorities to re-establish [the] country at the forefront of innovative nations." 

Sylvia SerfatyNouvelle fenêtre, lauréate du prix Henri Poincaré 2012Nouvelle fenêtre

Cédric VillaniNouvelle fenêtre, lauréat de la médaille Fields 2010Nouvelle fenêtre