The friendship between IHES and the United States has been a privileged one since the Institute’s early days. Now more than twenty years ago, Friends of IHES was born to honor and strengthen the relationship between IHES and American scientists, partners and donors.
Such a relationship has been reinforced through regular meetings and events that normally take place throughout the year but have mostly been canceled in 2020 due to the restrictions on traveling and gatherings imposed by the current pandemic.
This year instead, Friends of IHES and IHES invited their whole network to take “A Glimpse into the Institut des Hautes Etudes Scientifiques”, an online event held in the presence of Marilyn and Jim Simons, key sponsors for IHES, Michael R. Douglas, president and chairman of Friends of IHES, and Emmanuel Ullmo, director of IHES. The event was introduced by the French Ambassador to the US, Philippe Etienne.
The event started with the premiere of “IHES, a Scientific Paradise Born of Franco-American Friendship”, a short movie taking the audience through some of the key milestones that have marked the history of the Institute, with a special emphasis on the relationship with the United States and the support of major donors.
Later on, Slava Rychkov, permanent professor at IHES, introduced the audience to one of the most fascinating phenomena observed throughout physics, the emergence of universality, in a talk titled “Universality in Physics”, followed by Q&A.
Watch the introduction to the event: