The Jean-Morlet Chair initiative is a joint project carried by the Centre International de Rencontres Mathématiques (CIRM - under the authority of both CNRS and SMF), Aix-Marseille University and the City of Marseille. An official agreement was signed between the partners in 2013.
Each Chair is intended for an outstanding, innovative researcher from a non-French institution who will work closely with a Local project leader based at Aix-Marseille Université. The idea is not only for individuals to collaborate at an international level but also for this program to help develop strong synergies between laboratories, researchers, doctoral students both across borders and within the local mathematical sciences community at large.
Each Chair consists of an innovative Scientific Program of events, organized alongside a Program of invitations ('People'), put in place in order to support these events by drawing international mathematicians to Luminy.
This initiative is an exciting opportunity to boost international attractiveness for the Marseille Region and to enhance current trends or develop new ideas for the future in the field of mathematical sciences.
Two chair holders are currently in residence: Boris Hasselblatt from Tufts University, Boston (ending 30 April) and Igor Shparlinski from the University of New South Wales (starting 2 Feb.).