IHES Annual Report 2021 | 6362 | IHES Annual Report 2021
EXPENSES The financial situation, excluding the provision for unrealized losses on the IHES's financial investments, remains positive thanks to rigorous budget management.
Operating expenses having decreased slightly, due to the ongoing health crisis, IHES took advantage of the situation to increase maintenance work in all of its buildings.
The implementation of all the restrictions related to Covid 19 during this year led to slightly lower in- person scientific activity, but it remained dynamic thanks to the implementation of a hybrid model for conferences.
This year, in order to improve the performance of its IT systems, IHES made significant improvements, including the replacement of the old authentication system by a new openLDAP coupled with a lemonLDAP SSO server, the transition of all imap, smtp and webmail mail servers to Zimbra and imap. smtp servers, and the development of a new Netapp storage service with snapshots and mirroring on a remote site (for the Ormaille residence). The Institute also finalized work on the Carmin platform and participated in the organization of its launch. Finally, a special effort was made to renew staff members workstations so that they would all be compatible with remote working.
In 2021, the Institute was able to welcome 89 researchers in excellent conditions and organized 165 high-level international talks.
IHES also pursued its active investment policy concerning its real estate assets in order to reduce its energy consumption and provide its researchers with high-quality facilities. These investments were made possible thanks to the infrastructure fund financed by the Caisse des Dépôts, which enabled the necessary energy maintenance and renovation work on the Bois-Marie buildings and the Ormaille residence to be carried out (in particular, the renovation of the first floor of pavilions 6 and 7 with the conversion of two apartments into five). As part of the Plan de relance (Recovery Plan), the first phase of renovation of six units and the roof of the Ormaille residence building was also completed. The work began in January 2021 and was completed on January 31, 2022, on schedule. To finalize the renovation of the remaining 12 apartments in the building, the Institute obtained a CPER grant of 700,000 and took out a loan of 1.2 million. This project should be completed in December 2023.
The renovation work carried out in the Bois-Marie and Ormaille sites over the past 10 years will enable the Institute to reduce its energy consumption by more than 50% in the coming year.
DEVELOPMENT AND COMMUNICATIONS
Despite the health restrictions still in effect in 2021, the organization of events has been able to resume, especially thanks to the hybrid format.
Visit of Prince Albert II of Monaco
On June 11, 2021, H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco visited the Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques, accompanied by Patrice Cellario, Government Counsellor and Minister of the Interior of the Principality of Monaco. The Prince has a strong inclination towards sciences, which is why He followed the tour of the Institute with interest. It was an opportunity for Him to chat with several scientists including Fanny Kassel, David Ruelle, Luc Illusie and Thibault Damour as well as with young doctoral students and postdocs. Marwan Lahoud, Emmanuel Ullmo, Laure Saint-Raymond and Claire Lenz were later invited to Monaco on October 26, where they had a meeting with H.S.H Prince Albert. They then met with Denis Allemand, Scientific Director of the Scientific Center of Monaco.
Interview with Jessica Wynne
To celebrate the publication of Do Not Erase: Mathematicians and Their Chalkboards, an event was organized jointly with IHES at IHP on September 13, in the presence of the author Jessica Wynne, associate professor of photography at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, and mathematician Amie Wilkinson, a researcher regularly invited to IHP, who has also visited IHES. Jessica Wynne explained how the book was born, showed some of the photographs in it and shared anecdotes about them. For her part, Amie Wilkinson shared her experience as a scientist and her relationship with the blackboard. It was while talking with Amie Wilkinson, then her neighbor, that Jessica Wynne realized
that the chalkboard was the favorite working tool for mathematicians to write things down and share their ideas. She became interested in those chalkboards and decided to capture all their beauty and poetry by taking pictures of them. Out of all the pictures taken in different institutes and universities in the United States, France and Germany, the most poignant photographs have been collated in a book published in September 2021.
Empowering women in science and business
On September 15, IHES organized a conversation between Bruno Dranesas, Director of Editorial Strategies at ELEPHANT for major French companies, and Martine Liautaud, Founder and President of the Women Inititative Foundation, on the theme Empowering women in science and business . The conversation was based on Picture a Scientist, a documentary directed by Ian Cheney and Sharon Shattuck and produced by Manette Pottle, Ian Cheney and Sharon Shattuck, which follows the experiences of three women scientists, a biologist, a chemist, and a geologist. A discussion on this documentary provided a focus for exchanges with Martine Liautaud, who also shared her personal experience. While there is still a long way to go before gender equality in science can be achieved, this event was an opportunity to reflect on the lessons that higher education and research can draw from the initiatives set up in certain companies. By identifying the difficulties that women encounter in fields which are traditionally the preserve of men, the objective was also to reflect on examples of concrete actions that could be implemented to make these environments more attractive and accessible to women, including at IHES.