Mon discours d’inauguration de la plateforme de cryo microscopie électronique à l’ESRF:
« It has been less than 6 months since the legislative elections took place, and since the start of my mandate as the new member of the French parliament for the 3rd constituency of the Isère departement, the very territory where we stand today.
It has been less than 6 months, but it is already the second time in such a short period I have the priviledge to participate in inaugurating a major research facility at the so called « Presqu’ile scientifique », this tiny piece of land stucked between the Drac river and the river that gave its name to our departement ; a tiny piece of land but one that hosts some of the most prestigious R&D facilities in the world; of which the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility, – le Synchrotron as les Grenoblois like to shorten it with affection – is one-of-a-kind.
It is the first time though, I have the priviledge to participate in a rubbon-cutting ceremony side-by-side with a Nobel prize Laureat. Dear Ms YONATH, many thanks for being here today. We might be tempted to see in your presence here, another proof of the attractivness of this unique place that is our « Presqu’ile ». But, more importantly, your presence must remind us, what we owe to the scientific community for the cutting-edge research that can be performed here in Grenoble. As a woman, I am impressed by your contribution to science. You have contributed to help scientists to better understand the structure of complexe molecules and to look into the invisible world. That is the aim of the facility that we have just visited.
I know of course that the role of institutional and economic partners is essential. You make such brillant ideas become real. This audacious project that we are celebrating today is no better illustration of what can come out from smart international cooperation and bold public involvement. In this regard, I’m glad, and proud, to be part of a political movement that has made commitment in research, education and innovation a priority of its mandate.
Nonetheless, I would like to take advantage of the opportunity that is given to me to talk today, to pay tribute to the whole scientific community that you represent at its highest level. I would like to thank you, of course for making Grenoble such an “amazing” place, but above all, for making the words : “facts”, “evidence-based”, “intelectual discipline” as well as “inspiration”, guidelines for our future. Because we need those values to make the world more understandable and to pass on a better world to our children. »