National research institute loses head
Paris - The Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), France's largest national research institute loses its head. “An excessive administrative network is not the right approach to react on the future scientific challenges, which await our institute,” cited Bernard Meunier the reasons for his demission. According to the French press, the CNRS president who was appointed only one year ago was in conflict with the institute's general director Bernard Larroututrou who has a different perception of the CNRS' future structure. Meunier demands a more efficient and simplified structure of the institute. With the demission of Meunier the French government suffers a setback as it indicates a general overhang of bureaucracy in the country's national research.
The CNRS is the largest research institute in France employing 11,600 scientists with a budget exceeding Euro2 billion. Among its life sciences institutes the CNRS has leading centres of cell biology and neurosciences.