Once again, the year 2012 has been rich in meetings, ideas and exchanges. The Henri Poincaré Institute has been striving to fulfill its role as French embassy in mathematics by increasing opportunities of scientific interaction between mathematicians, students and the general public. And it is important to us that it remain the same in 2013 !
Alongside its “classical” mathematical activities (themed quarters, PhD programs, Research in Paris…), the Institute also wants to focus on young researchers. In order to do so, two projects are in preparation: the scheduling of “junior” quarters of which the program and the organization would be managed by young researchers, and the creation of the “Poincaré Chair” whose objective is to support promising young researchers on the international stage.
The Institute also pursues its mission of popularization of mathematics thanks to its partnership with the website “Images des mathématiques” (Images of the mathematics) and to the creation of a mathematical culture committee that gathers researchers, teachers and passionate scientific journalists around the mediation and the diffusion of scientific knowledge.
We also take an interest in the role mathematics play in worldwide challenges. In 2013, the initiative “The Planet Earth Mathematics” will highlight the way mathematics contribute to the research of solutions to great contemporary issues, such as climate change, sustainable development and natural disasters.
The HPI will also be celebrating the bicentenary of the death of Laplace, who was famous for his work in celestial mechanic, thanks to a themed quarter dedicated to astronomy.
Finally, two new construction sites will be launched, both literally and figuratively:
- the scheduling of the refurbishing of the Perrin building that the HPI should be able to rent once the Laboratory of physical chemistry has moved to Jussieu. This new space will highly improve our possibilities in terms of welcoming researchers, companies and the public.
- the reform of our website. It will be updated with new functions allowing us to better attend the different publics.
Professor at the University of Lyon
Director of the Henri Poincaré Institute
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