DIRECTOR'S WELCOME NOTE
Prof. Patrick FOULON
CIRM: a nursery for talent, a mathematical melting pot!
CIRM is quite a unique place. Situated right at the heart of the Parc des Calanques, a famous nature reserve in the South of France, the aim of our Centre is to welcome researchers from around the world. Scientists can work together, exchange ideas, share their knowledge and advance the key issues of our discipline. They can also develop ambitious projects with the other sciences and pass on their knowledge and findings to young researchers and doctoral students.
A particular feature of CIRM is that it is a residential centre. At CIRM, a resident researcher lives in total immersion in his/ her group, sleeping, eating and working in this one place. We believe that this proximity is very conducive to fruitful exchanges. With CIRM’s administrative and residential teams taking care of their needs, researchers can focus exclusively on their own scientific projects. Our aim is indeed to combine excellence in science with a quality venue.
CIRM is jointly managed by the Société Mathématique de France (SMF), the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) and Aix-Marseille Université.
CIRM was created over thirty five years ago as one of the first centres for worldwide scientific meetings in mathematics. The centre is a key establishment in the renowned French School of Mathematics. Its international Scientific Committee ensures that the best quality is reached in terms of conferences and other research events organized, the aim being to maintain the highest level of research combined with the best residential facilities.
CIRM is a key partner in two Laboratoires d’Excellence (governmental initiatives launched to promote excellence in French research): Labex CARMIN* at a national level, and Labex ARCHIMEDE at the local level. CIRM also created the Jean-Morlet Chair programme in 2013 with the aim of welcoming innovative foreign researchers in residence, encouraging collaborations with the local departments and offering high quality international scientific programmes.
Through its participation in those projects, CIRM can develop its scientific aims, be an international player and assert its strategic role and missions.
CIRM is already a successful venue, welcoming around 3500 participants per year and growing.
We are of course very pleased by this! As it is increasingly solicited for conferences and other events of various sizes, new spaces are being created and/or renovated in ways that respect the local environment.
I wish all visitors here at CIRM a very fruitful and enjoyable stay!
* CARMIN (Centres d'Accueil et de Rencontres Mathématiques Internationales)