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Any future for the CNRS ?

26 Juin 2007 , Rédigé par JW Publié dans #Nanophotonics pick

So it didn’t take long to the newly elected French government to threaten (again) the CNRS. Now, the transfer of CNRS researchers to universities appears intended, giving a large power to universities deans, and totally weaking the CNRS institution. This will definitely not solve the university problem in ! French universities need an ambitious reform, but absorbing new researchers will not improve anything. More likely, it may even decrease the average quality of French research.

Universities need students, and students need a clear view of professional openings at the end of their studies. We will not solve today’s major university problem if we don’t improve the companies’ will to hire qualified university students. Bringing new researchers will only delay things. 

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SPP3 conference

25 Juin 2007 , Rédigé par JW Publié dans #Nanophotonics pick

Now back from the third international conference in surface plasmon photonics in Dijon () last week. A very nice thing is that the abstract book is freely available on the net at and reports at a glance the different hot plasmonic topics. Unfortunately, too many conferences tend to sell these abstract books (which is our work and intellectual property!). So I really encourage anyone interested in this field to have a look on this book.

As a feedback, here are some stats about the number of sessions per topic, and the number of invited speakers per country.

SPP3 conference (off)

25 Juin 2007 , Rédigé par JW Publié dans #Fancy lab

When wine tasting meets plasmonics…

French elections

11 Mai 2007 , Rédigé par JW Publié dans #Fancy lab

Mr S., the newly elected French president, publicly affirms that paedophilia and suicide are genetically determined.

A positive point is that we no more feel ashamed for our president’s irrelevant opinions.

Nevertheless, the next five years are going to be tough.

From Nature vol. 446, p 854 (19th April 2007) :

See also the recent post in “Sauvons la Recherche”

Now reading...

27 Avril 2007 , Rédigé par JW Publié dans #Nanophotonics pick

After the Born & Wolf “Principles of Optics”, here is the “Principles of Nano-optics”, a very well-written textbook reviewing many aspects of nanophotonics by Lukas Novotny and Bert Hecht. Highly recommended !!

Click here to read the table of contents and the introduction (courtesy of