Helmut Schober is made Doctor Honoris Causa of the University Grenoble Alpes (UGA)

On 26 November, the Director of the ILL, Helmut Schober, was awarded the title of Doctor Honoris Causa, an honorary title awarded to “non-French personalities in recognition of their outstanding services to the arts, humanities, science or technology, to France or to the institution awarding the title”.
Along with Prof. Schober, the ceremony honoured 4 other international scientific personalities. (See photos, and more details in French, on the University's website)

During the ceremony the person sponsoring the recipient of the award gives a speech in the recipient’s honour. In Prof. Schober’s case, it was Professor Konstantin Protassov, Vice-President in charge of Resources and Development at the UGA, who took on this task. “The University and the large-scale scientific infrastructures our city hosts live in harmonious symbiosis. This spirit of harmony and collaboration owes a great deal to Helmut Schober, who has been working for many years to strengthen the Institute’s ties with the academic community on the Grenoble Alpes campus, including by giving lectures to undergraduate university students.   

In his acceptance speech, Helmut expressed his gratitude for the award, as well as his “heartfelt desire that the University Grenoble Alpes and all its counterparts throughout the world succeed in ensuring that in tomorrow’s world our children are welcomed with the same generosity I myself was fortunate enough to enjoy. (This is) the best way to guarantee that they develop the talents we so desperately need to build a brighter future.”  


Credits photos : communication UGA