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What Future for France's IN2P3?

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Science  23 Apr 1999:
Vol. 284, Issue 5414, pp. 569-571
DOI: 10.1126/science.284.5414.569

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PARIS-- An unpublished report, prepared at the request of science minister Claude Allègre, is said to recommend some form of merger between the two main bodies responsible for subatomic physics in France: the National Institute of Nuclear and Particle Physics (IN2P3), which is part of the giant CNRS basic research agency; and the Atomic Energy Commission's Department of Astrophysics, Nuclear Physics, Particle Physics, and Associated Instrumentation (DAPNIA). Although this marriage would be consistent with Allègre's long-stated desire to end duplication of research efforts and enhance scientific collaboration, some physicists argue that it would weaken the role of the CNRS and give the Atomic Energy Commission too much influence over research priorities.