635 CNRS researchers have obtained a European Research Council (ERC) grant since 2007. This enables them to conduct exploratory research of their choice over a five-year period - all of which in exceptional conditions!

Jérémie Bec
Turbulent Transport in the Atmosphere : Fluctuations and Extreme Events
Condensed Matter Physics (PE3)
Laboratoire J-L. Lagrange
National Institute for Earth Sciences and Astronomy
“Thanks to the ERC, I was able to successfully apply to other calls for proposals.”
In order to understand the effects of turbulent fluctuations in atmospheric physics, I needed to use extremely high-resolution, detailed flow statistics. Thanks to the ERC "passport, I was able to successfully apply to other calls for proposals that gave me access to high-performance calculation systems in France and Germany. The project was highly interdisciplinary, combining systems engineering, the Earth sciences and astronomy, and physics. In the end, we discovered that the impact of turbulence goes far beyond simple variability: it directly affects the nature and time scales of various atmospheric processes. What was once only an emerging concept in my laboratory has now become a long-term research subject. Two years after the project was completed, we have secured two additional permanent positions: a CNRS researcher and a senior lecturer. In the wake of the ERC project, I was also promoted to senior researcher at the age of 40. I have also taken on more administrative responsibilities, in particular at the local level, as chairman of the Academic Board of the IDEX at the Université Côte d’Azur.

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