New CNRS’ president visits CMM

New CNRS’ president visits CMM

Antoine Petit came to Chile for the first time since he became director of the French Centre Nationale de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) in January 2018. During his visit, he interacted with researchers of the Center for Mathematical Modeling – Universidad de Chile.

Antoine Petit attended a meeting with CMM director Alejandro Maass, deputy director Aris Daniilidis, former directors Alejandro Jofré and Rafael Correa, and CMM researchers Jorge Amaya, Carlos Conca, Joaquín Fontbona, Salomé Martínez, Servet Martínez and Héctor Ramírez. INRIA interim director François Sillion, INRIA Chile director Claude Puech, CNRS director in Brazil Olivier Fudym have also participated to the event.

This visit had a significant symbolic value since CMM was the first CNRS unit outside France. This CMM status as an International Mixed Unit (CNRS-UMI) was the origin of numerous scientific stays of French researchers at this prominent Chilean mathematical center. In fact, Antoine Petit had previously visited CMM (back to 2015) as (former) INRIA Chairman. In his new visit, as CNRS director, he presented advances in frontier research currently developing in Europe.

“This first meeting with Antoine as CNRS director was an opportunity to start thinking about the future of the center and our possibilities of collaboration together”, said Alejandro Maass.

After a private gathering, the group shared a reception with all CMM researchers and scientists. This was also an occasion to celebrate the recent renovation of the center through Conicyt Associative Research Program, guaranteeing its support for the next three years.

In his talk, Antoine Petit stressed the high quality of both applied and fundamental research developed at this Chilean center. Later on, James McPhee, Deputy Dean of the Faculty for Physical and Mathematical Sciences (FCFM) congratulated the center for all of its achievements, while Eduardo Vera, director of International Relations of the University of Chile, welcomed to the French commission on behalf of the rector of the university Ennio Vivaldi.

Posted on Apr 12, 2018 in Frontpage, News