Fundamental Research Division
The DRF at the CEA assemble approximately 6,000 scientists since January 2016.
European ＆ international partnerships
The complexity of scientific and technical issues and the importance of implementing budgets has lead the Fundamental research division (DRF) to develop European and international partnerships. Along these lines, 70% of the DRF scientific publications are co-producted with international partners.
The PMIP (Paleoclimate Modelling Intercomparison Project) collaboration publishes the first results of its 4th "phase", for the study of the climates of the Middle Holocene (6,000 years ago) and the last interglacial (127,000 years ago). These periods are characterized by a greater than average seasonality in the northern hemisphere, which increases the amplitude of the seasonal cycle of boreal temperatures and strengthens the monsoons in the north.
Created in 2015, the independent network MedECC (Mediterranean Experts on Climate and Environmental Change) has published its first evaluation report, MAR1 (Mediterranean Assessment Report), accompanied by a summary for policy-makers. This publication earned the group the Council of Europe’s North-South 2020 Prize. Read on for a close-up on ‘Ecosystems’, a chapter from the report that features an LSCE researcher as “lead author”.
The recently launched EU-funded project GAIN4CROPS aims to improve photosynthetic efficiency of the oil crop sunflower using nature-inspired solutions and innovative breeding techniques. The 5-year 8M € project, funded under the EU Horizon 2020 Framework Programme, will pave the way for the introduction of strategic crops which might decrease the use of major resources in agriculture: land, nitrogen, and water.
Inaugurated in March 2019, the joint laboratory between Nanyang Technological University (NTU) of Singapore and CEA displays its first series of publications co-signed by researchers from NTU, CEA-Iramis, ICSM and DES in Marcoule.
This summer, after being shut down for 20 months, the ESRF (European Synchrotron Radiation Facility) has once again opened its doors to scientists, boasting an X-ray source that is one hundred times more brilliant than before (the EBS, Extremely Brilliant Source). Researchers at the Interdisciplinary Research Institute of Grenoble (CEA-IRIG) are involved in designing new experiments using the new beamlines, which are smaller, more brilliant and more coherent.
CEA is a French government-funded technological research organisation in four main areas: low-carbon energies, defense and security, information technologies and health technologies. A prominent player in the European Research Area, it is involved in setting up collaborative projects with many partners around the world.