CNRS, the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (National Center for Scientific Research) is a government-funded research organization, under the administrative authority of France's Ministry of Research. The main objective of CNRS' new strategic plan is to strengthen France's position in the global research environment of the early 21st century. In this interview, Catherine Bréchignac and Arnold Migus, respectively president and director general of CNRS, tell us about the research organization's future. They believe it will have an open and flexible structure, be a European and global leader, and undergo radical transformation to adapt to a changing world.
The CNRS has organized its strategy around six selected topics, and one of which concerns directly K-EPSILON: Renewable Marine Energy and Energy Savings in fishing vessels, motor boats for instance. The last theme is 'Energy,' a vital issue for society, and it will have the highest priority in the next 15 years. Here again, all disciplines are concerned. For instance, geologists will need to carry out work on fossil fuel resources, engineers on new sources of energy and energy conservation, chemists on more efficient ways of storing energy, and economists on the development of new industries.