Institut Universitaire de France
The Institut Universitaire de France, abbreviated by the acronym IUF is a French service of the Ministry of Higher Education that distinguishes each year a small number of university professors for their research excellence, as evidenced by their international recognition. It was created to become a new "Collège de France", located in French universities. Only 2% of French university professors have been currently distinguished by the Institut Universitaire de France.
The Institute was created by decree on 26 of August, 1991. It is an organization without walls whose members remain in their own universities (at least two thirds of the members of the IUF belong to universities outside Paris ). The purpose of the IUF is to give full freedom to its winners to pursue their research and give them the means to disseminate them. There is a strong area of excellence for French research, as evidenced by the international reputation of its members. About 2% of total French faculties are members (active or honorary) of the IUF. Each year a symposium brings together members of the IUF in order to allow exchanges at the highest level of French research. The IUF is composed of two types of members, all faculty members, professors or lecturers, stationed in a French university:
- senior members who have reached international recognition.
- junior members (under 40 years old), who are promising young scholars.
In addition, about ten foreign teachers may be invited each year. Members are elected for five years (not renewable for the junior, renewable once for seniors).
- They are placed in the position of delegation to the IUF, but remain in their home university.
- They benefit from a reduction of 2 / 3 of their statutory education service.
- Specific research money is paid each year to their team or laboratory . The sum is, since the class of 2009, of 20,000 euros per year.
- They automatically receive the national award of scientific excellence (PES): 6000 euros for junior members, 10 000 euros for senior members.
- Physical facilities (office and meeting rooms) are available to them at the headquarters of the IUF.
- A progress report is requested their mid-term and after 5 years of their delegation.
- IUF members must contribute to the scientific reputation locally, nationally and internationally in a deliberate effort to interdisciplinarity .
Selection boards are partially renewed each year. They have many international members and international character is one of the specificities of the IUF. The use of top international experts avoids any risk of cooptation and guarantees the high quality of appointments to the IUF.
Since 2009, the jury is officially made up for more than half of foreign scientists known for their international reputation. These are the Collège de France, the Academy of Sciences, Academy of Moral and Political Sciences, the National Academy of Medicine, the Conference of University Presidents, the CP-CNU offering the names of persons approached to compose the jury . Its composition is then released and the CV of its members. The jury called for the assessment of candidates' portfolios, to the rapporteurs of high scientific level, at least twice a candidate to have a disciplinary notice informed. If the CVs submitted by the rapporteurs ensure scientific excellence, statements of interest guarantee their independence vis-à-vis the files they load. New members of the Institute, besides the discharge of service and staffing dedicated to the scientific environment of 15 000 euros (20,000 euros since 2009), receive a bonus of 10,000 euros, which represents twice the former RDD.
These changes are partly related to appointments at the Institut Universitaire de France in September, 2008 which caused considerable controversy. The controversy concerns the appointment of additional members, including Michel Maffesoli, including economist and president of the jury Elie Cohen said he "would never have been selected by the jury even if there were more places". Some jurors senior and junior of the Institute had protested against these appointments by circulating the September 24, 2008, a declaration that they were indignant "lack of transparency and nominations for 2008". This challenge was supported by the Society Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SMAI) and the French Association for Scientific Information (AFIS).
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