Jean-Charles Guibert, Director, MINATEC; Advisor to the CEA Chairman for International Innovation Projects
Categorie(s) : Interviews, MINATEC, News
Published : 7 June 2017
MINATEC’s international reputation is what convinced the CEA to appoint me to this new position.”
In April of this year, you were appointed Director, MINATEC, Advisor to the CEA Chairman for International Innovation Projects. What is your mandate?
The objective is to support the development of the CEA’s international relations. The CEA’s network of partners closely refl ects the organization’s traditional focus areas. My mandate as Director, MINATEC, Advisor to the CEA Chairman for International Innovation Projects is to expand the network to other fields like nanotechnology and renewable energy.
How will your experience at MINATEC help?
The MINATEC model works very well internationally. That is one of the reasons why the CEA appointed me to this position. The fact that the position was created should be considered the CEA’s highest form of recognition for what we have accomplished at MINATEC. Of course, my experience at MINATEC and the network I helped to build here will be extremely helpful. I am in a strong position to offer countries where technological development is still emerging tailor-made support creating their own researchand- innovation models. We will see more of the kinds of things we are doing with MINATEC Nanolab® in Vietnam, North Africa, and South America, for example.
You are still the Director of MINATEC…
Yes. I will continue to promote MINATEC and build relationships on behalf of MINATEC both in France and internationally. Our innovation campus model has garnered interest from a wide variety of countries. Each year, MINATEC welcomes between 30 and 40 foreign delegations and sends delegations to around ten countries. These relationships are crucial to feeding our innovation pipeline with exciting, promising projects spanning research, education, and industry.