An international and independent structure, IFPEN’s Scientiﬁc Board is made up of 15 external members. It issues opinions on fundamental research programs, examines thesis proposals formulated by IFPEN and monitors the progress of the work carried out for the ones selected.
Scientiﬁc Board members are also consulted as experts during the course of themed meetings, to come up with or develop new research themes.
For some of these missions, the Board calls upon the services of renowned international experts.
Finally, the Scientiﬁc Board is responsible for regularly assessing research divisions.
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The Scientific Board is responsible for the scientific evaluation of each research division. For this purpose, an evaluation committee is formed made up of Board members and renowned scientists in the relevant field. In particular, the committee examines the relevance of the projects under way, the industrial impact of research results, the list of publications and patents, the number of theses defended and the placement of doctoral students.
Crucial to the way research programs evolve over the course of time is the long-range thinking that takes place on a regular basis in order to define the markets and technologies on which IFPEN should focus its work.
The PhD student’s supervisor, an academic holding a national accreditation to direct research (HDR) and the IFPEN sponsor discuss doctoral-thesis topics and submit them to the Scientific Board for approval.
This is a way of ensuring themes blend in with projects which further IFPEN’s agenda. Topics usually focus on basic research, with links between fundamental issues and applications.
Scientific Board members sit on juries reviewing:
• Scientific visit to IFPEN by Per-Olof Gutman, Professor at Technion – Israel Institute of Technology (Haifa)
• The biofuels of the future: understanding and modeling enzymatic hydrolysis
• 2016 Yves Chauvin thesis prize awarded to Kim Larmier for his catalysis research
• A new method developed at IFPEN to measure proton activity in solid polymer electrolyte membranes
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