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The French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) is a key player in research, development and innovation.
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The CEA publishes various scientific and technical periodicals and videos. Through them, you can discover the CEA’s major research topics and the latest technological innovations produced by its laboratories.
A scientific and technical review, Clefs CEA reports on important subjects in research and development studied by CEA. The articles, written in part by scientists, address a wide public with a general scientific culture. An english version is available on line.
CEA's teams are deeply involved in major European and international programmes for which research instruments (from earth-based observatories to space telescopes) are built and used. They helped advance our understanding of the Universe.
Since its creation CEA has been involved in biology and health research and has become a recognised player in technological innovations and their integration. It can thus legitimately position itself as a major player in the field.
For thirty years, the interest shown in quantum technologies has constantly grown. Europe is investing heavily in developing them and the CEA teams are playing a full role in this.
Owing to its unique position in France as an expert research organisation, in the fields of both nuclear/renewable energies and digital technologies, CEA is best-placed to contribute to energy transition for fighting against the global warming.
CEA has a full role to play in the “Big Data revolution” that has been under way for less than a decade. Not only do a large number of its teams belong to communities managing major data platforms (astrophysics, climate, genomics, etc.) but also and above all, it is actively involved in the design and deployment of data processing, simulation...
HEALTH ＆ LIFE SCIENCES | BRAIN
Non-invasive exploration of the brain // Development, learning and plasticity of the brain // Cognitive architecture and the brain // Mental health and vulnerability // Neurodegenerative diseases // Identifying biomarkers for cerebral disorders
Energy production // Transformation, storage, transport and distribution //Improved use of energy
Nuclear chemistry // Chemistry and alternative ernergies // Chemistry for health and environment // Chemistry for the information technologies
Nuclear materials // Dedicated materials for new energy technologies //Materials for information and biomedical technologies
Astrophysics and the exploration of the universe // Tools to probe the universe
Electricity storage is essential to the correct working of the grid as it progressively integrates higher rate of intermittent energy sources. Various technologies are today being studied for short and medium-term applications: electrochemical, chemical (hydrogen) and thermal storage solutions.
In order to understand the celestial objects making up the Universe, astrophysicists are developing 3-dimensional, time-dependent numerical simulations. They are generating a constantly increasing quantity of data, which have to be efficiently analysed in order to lift the many veils shrouding the mysteries of our Universe.
The new international projects, such as the Euclid space telescope, are ushering in the era of Big Data for cosmologists. Our questions about dark matter and dark energy, which on their own account for 95% of the content of our Universe, throw up new algorithmic, computational and theoretical challenges. The fourth concerns reproducible research, a fundamental concept for the verification and credibility of the published results.
CEA has a full role to play in the initiatives being taken at the national and European levels, to stimulate research and innovation in the field of Big Data.
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.