May 7, 2015

Scientific politics

The CNES is in charge of proposing the spatial scientific politics to its regulatory authorities.

The scientific program committee

For that the Board of directors of the CNES is assisted by the Scientific Programs Committee.

  • It examines the scientific interest of the research programmes submitted to the CNES as well as the scientific and technical capacity of proposing laboratories.
  • It emits notices and propositions on the research programmes.
  • It formulates, considering the available means, any useful proposal concerning the development of the space research in France.

Composed of a maximum of welve members chosen by supervisory ministries, it gathers personalities of the scientific world. Its Chairman is chosen on proposition of CNES.

The scientific community decides about the space program orientations every 4-5 years during the Scientific Prospective Conferences.

Evalutation committees

Each year, CNES asks the scientists to make their research proposals which must match with these programmatic orientations:

  • Annual call for proposals
  • Calls on specific subjets (balloons for example)
  • Call for thesis subjects
  • Call for R&T

The proposals are examined by CERES (Committee of Evaluation for the Space Research and Exploration) and TOSCA (Terre, Océan, Surfaces Continentales, Atmosphère) which leans on thematic working groups of experts who are in charge of evaluating the research needs in each discipline. These committees ensure the connection with the CPS (Committee of the Scientific Programs) which prepares the scientific decisions taken by the Board of directors of CNES.

Three themes involve Science:

  • Universe Sciences
  • Earth, Environment and Climate Sciences
  • Microgravity

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