The Innovation 2030 Commission has been officially installed by the French President. Chaired by Anne Lauvergeon, under the aegis of the French Minister for Productive Redress, the commission is made up of twenty leading industrialists, scientists, economists and representatives of civil society. Jacques Biot, Chairman of the Board of the Ecole des Mines d'Alès, sits on the committee alongside philosopher Michel Serres, former astronaut Claudie Haigneré, industrialist Louis Gallois and Alain Rousset, President of the Aquitaine region.
The Innovation 2030 Commission is tasked with proposing to the government "the sectors and technologies in which France is likely to occupy leading positions by 2030", according to a press release from the French Ministry of Production Redressement. It will focus on "activities that will meet the needs of tomorrow's society and create the greatest value and the most jobs in our country". It will deliver its findings in July 2013.
"It's a great source of pride for the Ecole des Mines d'Alès, which has been deeply committed to industrial development from the outset. Today, its entrepreneurial teaching model is perfectly calibrated to train the operational, open-minded and creative engineers that French industry needs to revitalize itself," enthuses Bruno Goubet, the school's director.