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The Commissariat à l’énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives, French Atomic Energy and Alternative Energy Commission, is a research body created in 1945 and employing 16,000 people. A major player in research, development and innovation, it works in four key fields: low-carbon energies (nuclear and renewable energies), information technologies and health technologies, major research facilities), defence and global security.

It backed by first-class fundamental research and plays a support role for industry. An integral part of the European research area, it has a growing international presence.

The CEA Alternatives de Saclay is one of the CEA’s ten centres. Multi-disciplinary, it has 5,000 people working in fields as varied as low-carbon energies, the climate and environment, matter sciences, biology and health, smart digital systems, and the technology economy.

CNRS Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique

The Centre national de la recherche scientifique, French national centre for scientific research, is a public research institute for science and technology under the responsibility of the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research. It produces knowledge for the benefit of society.

It is administered by Alain Fuchs, President of the CNRS, assisted by two deputy directors, Joël Bertrand for Science and Xavier Inglebert for Resources.

With more than 34,000 people (including 25,505 tenured staff - 11,415 researchers and 14,090 engineers, technicians and support staff), a budget for 2013 of €3.415 billion, including €802 million in own funding, and sites across France, the CNRS works in all fields of knowledge with the support of more than 1,100 research and service laboratories.

Eminent researchers have worked, at some point in their careers, in CNRS’ laboratories. With 18 Nobel prizes and 11 Médaille Fields awards, the CNRS has a long tradition of excellence.

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