Prof. Satyajit Mayor, Director of the National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS-TIFR) was conferred the distinguished Chevalier de l’Ordre national du Mérite (National Order of Merit), by the Ambassador of France to India, Mr. H.E. Emmanuel Lenain on 19th November, 2019.
The Ambassador visited NCBS with a team of delegates who were welcomed by Prof. Satyajit Mayor and the directors of inStem (Prof. Apurva Sarin) and C-CAMP (Dr Taslimarif Saiyed). Faculty members were present in a meet-and-greet session where engaging discussions about campus research, the necessity of fundamental science, future prospects, and collaboration opportunities took place.
Prof Mayor is one of the co-directors of the LIA (“Laboratory without walls”) between NCBS and IBDM, which is one out of the 10 LIAs in India. He has maintained outstanding collaborations with Thomas Lecuit, who is a professor of College de France and Ludger Johannes from the Institut Curie.
This award reflects Prof. Mayor’s extensive efforts in supporting Indo-French scientific collaborations. His encouragement to collaborate globally has resulted in several MOUs signed between NCBS and other premier institutes, including the Institut Curie and IBDM (Institut de Biologie du development de Marseille), and his support has ensured these strong associations sustain student mobility and progress.
The delegates in attendance included Dr. Marjorie Vanbaelinghem (Consul General of France in Bangalore), Dr. Jerome Bove (Scientific attaché from the Embassy of France in India), Dr. Anupama Ambika Anilkumar (Scientific coordinator from the Embassy of France in India, Dr. Srini Kaveri (CNRS, India head), Dr. Thomas Salez (Counsellor for Energy, innovation and urban development, French Embassy in India), and researchers from NCBS, inStem and C-CAMP who have been a vital part of the Bangalore Life Science Cluster’s Indo-French collaborations.