Sylvie Jacquemot from the Laboratoire pour l’Utilisation des Lasers Intenses (LULI) located at École Polytechnique (France), has been elected as the new Coordinator of Laserlab-Europe. She takes on the role previously held by Claes-Göran Wahlström from Lund Laser Centre at Lund University (Sweden), who led the consortium and its evolution through successive EU Framework Programmes since 2012. The consortium has since grown to 36 partner institutions, comprising 19 European countries. The current project period started recently, funded by the European Union from 2019 to 2023.
Following more than 16 years as Deputy Director of LULI, Sylvie Jacquemot is now Officer in charge of European Affairs in the lab. Her individual scientific expertise encompasses plasma physics and related high-energy-density applications, in particular inertial fusion sciences and X-Ray laser physics.
École Polytechnique and the Laserlab-Europe partners congratulate Sylvie Jacquemot on this election and wish her all the best in the future coordination of the network. Laserlab-Europe also thanks Claes-Göran Wahlström who will continue to collaborate on the project, in particular in his function as Executive Director of Laserlab-Europe AISBL, the association of European-level laser research infrastructures.
About École Polytechnique
École Polytechnique, also known as L’X, is the leading French institution combining top-level research, academics, and innovation at the cutting-edge of science and technology. Its various undergraduate and graduate-level programs – Bachelor of Science, Ingénieur Polytechnicien (Master’s level program), Master’s, and PhD – are highly selective and promote a culture of excellence with a strong emphasis on science, anchored in humanist traditions. As a widely internationalized university, École Polytechnique offers a variety of international programs and attracts a growing number of foreign students and researchers from around the globe (currently 40% of students and 40% of faculty members). École Polytechnique offers an exceptional education to prepare bright men and women to excel in top-level key positions and lead complex and innovative projects which meet the challenges of 21st century society, all while maintaining a keen sense of their civil and social responsibilities. With its 23 laboratories, 22 of which are joint research units with the French
National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), the École Polytechnique Research Center explores the frontiers of interdisciplinary knowledge to provide major contributions to science, technology, and society. École Polytechnique is a founding member of Institut Polytechnique de Paris.
Laserlab-Europe, the Integrated Initiative of European Laser Research Infrastructures (Grant Agreement No. 871124), understands itself as the central place in Europe where new developments in laser research take place in a flexible and co-ordinated fashion beyond the potential of a national scale. The Consortium currently brings together 36 leading organisations in laserbased inter-disciplinary research from 19 countries. Its main objectives are to maintain a sustainable inter-disciplinary network of European national laboratories; to strengthen the European leading role in laser research through Joint Research Activities; and to offer access to state-of-the-art laser research facilities to researchers from all fields of science and from any laboratory in order to perform world-class research.