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International Research Center for Fundamental Scientific Discovery

News & Events

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Past events

Date Event Title Event Type Host Organization Associated Projects
October 26, 2023 From Sustainable Transformations to Supramolecular Approaches in Catalysis Seminar The University of Chicago - Department of Chemistry  
September 27, 2023 Europe’s Global Approach to Research and Innovation Public event The University of Chicago  
June 8, 2023 Révolution française & American Revolution Public event Alliance Française de Chicago Was the United States invented by a French philosopher?
June 5, 2023 Discovery Beyond Borders: Investments in Science and What Global Partnership Means for Chicago Public event The University of Chicago  
April 30, 2021

CNRS-UChicago PhD Program Follow-up Workshop

Workshop The University of Chicago  

 

News

UChicago and CNRS award 7 new PhD joint program grants

February 14, 2024

The University of Chicago-CNRS International Research Center for Fundamental Scientific Discovery (IRC Discovery) recently awarded seven PhD Joint Program grants to its sixth cohort of awardees, focusing on topics ranging from quantum technologies and miniaturized solid-state batteries to epistemic vigilance in online communication.

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UChicago, French science agency launch partnership to tackle world problems

June 9, 2023

The partnership, called the University of Chicago-CNRS International Research Center for Fundamental Scientific Discovery (IRC Discovery), brings together researchers and faculty from across the span of academic disciplines.

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University of Chicago highlighted in French state visit to U.S.

November 30, 2022

The University of Chicago and the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) signed an agreement on Nov. 30 to establish the International Research Center for Fundamental Scientific Discovery (IRC Discovery), a new collaboration that will bring together some of the world’s leading researchers to collaborate on answering the biggest questions of our time. The signing by President Alivisatos and CNRS President and CEO Antoine Petit took place in Washington, DC, during French President Emmanuel Macron’s state visit.

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CNRS-UChicago PhD Program Follow-up Workshop

April 30, 2021
Virtual

On Friday, April 30, 2021, the 11 research teams funded to date by the the CNRS-UChicago partnership program gathered virtually to share updates on their projects. The student researchers took the lead in presenting their teams' work, and at the end of the event participants voted for the best presentation. Marie Greaney (UChicago) and Maxime Lehmann (CNRS) (advisors: Ellie Heckscher, UChicago; Tihana Jovanic, CNRS) won first place, followed closely by runners-up Yi Liu (UChicago) and Maria Knaiir al Douaihy (CNRS) (advisors: John Reinitz, UChicago; Mounia Lagha, CNRS; Ovidiu Radulescu, CNRS).

Faculty and student participants alike spoke to the value added by working collaboratively across institutions and borders, even when travel and normal exchange possibilities are not possible. The faculty participants emphasized the crucial importance of supporting the work of young scientists through this opportunity. As Professor Paul Cheney of UChicago said, "Anyone who doesn't pay attention to younger scholars is really missing out on one of the most important parts of their work."

The meeting was hosted by UChicago Vice President Juan de Pablo and CNRS Deputy CEO for Science Alain Schuhl, and was organized by Fabienne Munch.

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UChicago to collaborate with leading French research center

September 24, 2019

The University of Chicago and the French National Centre for Scientific Research are launching a new collaboration to grow opportunities for research, education and scholarly engagement across a range of scientific fields.

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