The marriage of true scientific minds

Signing at City Hall

On 20 March 2013, Nexans senior management met with top administrators of the École Supérieure de Physique et de Chimie Industrielle (ESPCI, the Paris School of Industrial Physics and Chemistry) to sign a sponsorship agreement, during which scientists presented briefs of their latest work.

Stimulus to research

The ESPCI is a multidisciplinary school under the aegis of the Paris municipality (an unusual arrangement in France). Started in 1882 to promote excellence in research and technology, its students have obtained seven Nobel prizes, including Physics for both Pierre-Gilles de Gennes (1991) and Georges Charpak (1992).

Top technological talent

ESPCI graduates have been a valuable resource for Nexans for many years now, and several are currently working for us. The relationship with the ESPCI has been actively maintained by alumni who constantly interface with the School and its team of academic researchers. At the 2012 Annual Technical Meeting, a professor gave a remarkable lecture on a new class of polymers. And at our special Superconductivity conference, an important keynote address was delivered by an eminent member of the school.

Quest for knowledge

Our quest for technical excellence made it a natural choice for our company to formalize an agreement with one of France’s most prestigious schools. We are living proof of the marriage between scientific knowledge and industrial knowhow that provide the jobs and goods that society needs. The ESPCI gives us valuable insight and foresight into nano-, polymer- and high-voltage technologies. As new discoveries arise, and new technologies continue to transform society, this century-old relationship will keep us on the leading edge.