Back in 2001 – Les Houches – Séminaire Lavoisier

While wandering on the Internet, I came across this picture :


Back in January 2001, a winter school called Semaine Lavoisier was organized in Les Houches, for young people studying at the ESPCI and other schools from the neighbourhood (I don’t remember exactly… that was 15 years ago).

Of course, one can recognize Pierre-Gilles de Gennes, who was at that time still head of the ESPCI,  Jacques Duran and Etienne Guyon. Amongst all the students on the picture, some of them pursued in academia. You can see on the left Manuel Thery and  Damien Cuvelier, and myself on the extreme right .

I don’t fully remember all the topics that were taught during this week, but I remember we had a lecture from Patrick Tabeling (head of the MMN laboratory) on microfluidics, a lecture from Jean-Louis Viovy (head of the MMBM laboratory).
It is funny to notice that both of them are active members of the Institut Pierre-Gilles de Gennes (IPGG), to which we also belong with Damien.

Souvenirs souvenirs !

IPGG Official Opening Ceremony

Today, we had the official opening of the new institute, in presence of Anne Hidalgo, mayor of Paris, Najat Vallaud-Belkacem and Thierry Mandon, ministers in charge of the Universities and the Research, and François Hollande, the French President. After a short visit of the laboratories, several speeches were given, emphasising the need for fundamental research and the need for long-lasting funding.

Official pictures and videos can be watched on the website of the French Presidency : [here]