Doing Research with the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS)

Archived: September 26, 2013

The Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (National Center for Scientific Research) is a public organization under the oversight of the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research. For this session of the ACS International Center™ webinar series, Dr. Xavier Morise, Director of the Washington DC Headquarters, will speak about the research landscape in France, and opportunities for scientific research collaboration and funding.


About the speakers

Dr. Guy Bertrand, Director, UMI CNRS-UCSD

Dr. Guy Bertrand

Dr. Bertrand received his Doctorate in Physical Sciences from the Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse in 1979, after which he continued to serve as Research Attaché for the CNRS at the Université Paul Sabatier until 1980. Dr. Bertrand worked his way through several different entities of CNRS before accepting the role of Director of the newly-opened UCSD-CNRS Joint Research Laboratory at the University of California, San Diego just last year. Dr. Bertrand is also the Associate Editor of JACS Chemical Reviews, and, most recently, the fortunate recipient of the 2014 ACS Award in Inorganic Chemistry.

Xavier Morise, Ph.D. Director, CNRS USA, Canada, and Mexico

Dr. Xavier Morise

After receiving his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Rennes (France), Dr. Xavier Morise served as research fellow at the Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory of the University of Oxford (UK) and at the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry of the University of Maryland (USA). In 1993, he joined the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) as a Senior Scientist in Coordination Chemistry. His main research interests were polytopic ligand and phosphorus chemistry, homogeneous catalysis and copolymers. From 2003 to 2007, he worked as S&T Attaché at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Oslo, Norway, and then in Prague, Czech Republic from 2007-2012. Since October 2012, Dr. Morise has been the Director of the CNRS office for USA, Canada and Mexico.

Dr. Jean Thèves, Ph.D., Research Engineer and Deputy Director, CNRS USA, Canada, and Mexico

Dr. Jean Theves

Dr. Thèves received his MD in Science Communication from the University of Strasbourg before serving as Scientific Attaché at the French Consulate in Toronto in 2000. In 2004, he went on to become Project Leader at the Observatory for Science and Technology (OST) in Paris, France, where his responsibilities included coordination of European projects on public policies for research (European Network of Excellence), and coordination of the European Network of Indicators Designers. Dr. Thèves served as  S&T Attache for the French Embassy in Mexico before moving to CNRS headquarters in Washington DC, where he now serves as Research Engineer and Deputy Director.

Sarah Mondet, Associate Director, CNRS USA, Canada, and Mexico

Sarah Mondet

After obtaining her Bachelor of Law from Orléans University (France), Sarah Mondet moved to the U.S.A., where she received her Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, specializing in communications and international management. After working on U.S. Congressman Vic Snyder’s federal campaign and later in his district office, Sarah Mondet became a legislative correspondent for his legislative office in Washington D.C.  She then joined the Québec government in Washington, where she was in charge of public affairs, in the field of international relations. Sarah Mondet has been the Assistant to the Director at the CNRS office in Washington D.C. since November 2011.