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21st February: inauguration of new buildings at EPN science campus

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21st February: official inauguration of new buildings at EPN campus

Friday 21 February saw the official opening on the epn campus of several new buildings which were funded in part or in full by the local and regional authorities in the framework of a so-called CPER contract (Contrat de Projets Etat-Région). The opening ceremonies were attended by the French Minister for Higher Education and Research, Geneviève Fioraso, the President of the Rhône-Alpes region, Jean-Jack Queyranne, the President of Grenoble Alpes Metropole, Marc Baïetto, and deputy Mayor of Grenoble, Jérôme Safar, in their capacity as funders and faithful supporters of these projects.

The most emblematic of the buildings inaugurated is the 5000 m2 Science Building, which 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.

For its part, the IBS celebrated the completion of its new building: 5600 m2 of laboratories, platforms and offices dedicated to structural biology. Unesco has declared 2014 as International Year of Crystallography. It is therefore fitting that the IBS now has at its disposal a unique environment for exploring the molecular architectures of living organisms and their dynamics in order to further our understanding of the main cellular functions.

So, it’s the start of a new era for the epn campus.