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French Minister Inaugurates Joint ESRF-ILL Science Building


On Friday 21st February, Geneviève Fioraso, French Minister for Higher Education and Research inaugurated the 5000 m2 that constitute the joint ESRF-ILL Science Building in Grenoble. The ceremony was also attended by many other dignitaries and high officials from the Rhone Alpes and Grenoble regions as well as from the French funding bodies.

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The Science Building is designed to facilitate research collaborations and to host new scientific partnerships, such as the Partnership for Soft Condensed Matter. Despite its rather unimaginative name, the Science Building will be home to cutting-edge science that promises to pave the way for countless industrial applications for use in everyday products: pharmaceuticals, detergents, cosmetics, ceramics, gels and elastomers, to name but a few. The building will also provide a single point of contact for industrial R&D teams who wish to make use of the unrivalled range of analysis tools offered by the large-scale research facilities.

The ESRF and the ILL also inaugurated new infrastructures which will benefit everyone on the site: a new entrance on avenue des Martyrs, which will reinforce the research site’s position as an integral part of the Presqu'île, and the extension of the staff restaurant, which will provide an improved service for the thousands of scientists who come to carry out experiments on the site each year.


Geneviève Fioraso, French Minister for Higher Education and Research in front of the commemorative plaque. Credit: F. Fouladoux.

Top image: During the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the joint ESRF-ILL Science Building. Crédit: F. Fouladoux