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Post-edited Interview at CIRM: Jean-Pierre Bourguignon

Auteurs : Bourguignon, Jean-Pierre (Personne interviewée)
CIRM (Editeur )

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You have been heading the European Research Council (ERC) since January 2014. What are, broadly speaking, the missions of the ERC? What are the main objectives of your mandate? Is science an important link, which carries some clout in building European competitiveness? Do scientists have some power, a large influence? To come back to Mathematics, where is French mathematical research situated in this European space? And around the world? What are the challenges which French mathematical research has to rise to, in the context of international competition, to preserve a leading place? Does society understand the role of mathematics today? What mathematicians do, the contribution of mathematics to progress in general? You are giving a talk this week at CIRM, a centre you know well. What does CIRM represent for the international mathematical community, and for you?

Résumé : Professor Jean-Pierre Bourguignon was the Director of the Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques (IHÉS) from 1994 till 2013. This international research institute located near Paris, France, was built as the European counterpart of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. He was also the first ERC Panel Chair in Mathematics, for Starting Grants. A mathematician by training, he spent his whole career as a fellow of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS). He held a Professor position at École polytechnique from 1986 to 2012. From 1990 to 1992, he was President of the Société Mathématique de France and President of the European Mathematical Society from 1995 to 1998. He is a former member of the Board of the EuroScience organisation (2002-2006) and has served on EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF) committees since 2004.
Professor Bourguignon received the Prix Paul Langevin in 1987 and the Prix du Rayonnement Français in Mathematical Sciences and Physics from the Académie des Sciences de Paris in 1997. He is a foreign member of the Royal Spanish Academy of Sciences. In 2005, he was elected honorary member of the London Mathematical Society and has been the secretary of the mathematics section of the Academia Europaea. In 2008, he was made Doctor Honoris Causa of Keio University, Japan, and, in 2011, Doctor Honoris Causa of Nankai University, China.
Current position: President of the European Research Council (http://erc.europa.eu).

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    Informations sur la Vidéo

    Réalisateur : Vareilles, Stéphanie
    Langue : Anglais
    Date de publication : 09/10/14
    Date de captation : 09/10/14
    Collection : Outreach
    Sous collection : Les Interviews du CIRM
    Format : MP4 (.mp4) - HD
    Durée : 00:25:00
    Domaine : Mathematics Education & Popularization of Mathematics
    Audience : Grand Public
Informations sur la rencontre

Nom du congrès : Spin geometry and analysis on manifolds / Géométrie spinorielle et analyse sur les variétés
Organisteurs Congrès : Ginoux, Nicolas ; Humbert, Emmanuel ; Lawn, Marie-Amélie ; Moroianu, Andrei
Dates : 06/10/14 - 10/10/14
Année de la rencontre : 2014