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Erik Orsenna returns to the Cellulose Valley

Published on November 8, 2012
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Following his visit to the Grenoble campus in February 2011, Erik Orsenna came back for a conference – book signing on 12 June 2012 in the wake of the recent publication of his book "Sur la route du papier".


Grenoble INP - Pagora and the Centre Technique du Papier (CTP - Technical Paper Centre) organised a conference - book signing with assistance from Culture Papier Rhône-Alpes and in partnership with the Chapitre Arthaud de Grenoble Bookstore, to mark the academician Erik Orsenna's return to the Cellulose Valley.


In February 2011, his investigation on paper had led him to discover this major centre of green chemistry where the researchers from the Centre technique du papier (CTP) and the Laboratoire Génie des Procédés Papetiers (LGP2 - Laboratory of Paper Process Engineering) had enlightened him on innovative researches carried out on this material. This exchange with the scientists was continued later on in the day when he visited the school and the LGP2. During his visit to the laboratory Erik Orsenna had shown overwhelming enthusiasm and interest in the paper and biomaterials studied by the training and research centre. I am delighted to see that there are engineers in my country who have devoted themselves to explaining nature, to be in contact with the industry and to be at the heart of this major change from petroleum chemistry to green chemistry! were some of the words expressed by this enthusiast for cellulose and supporter of the Culture Papier association. "What strikes me the most in Grenoble is the extraordinary ecosystem that brings together fundamental research, an engineering school and a technical and industrial centre in one location.
During his visit, he heartily congratulated the Grenoble INP-Pagora students for committing themselves to the world of industry to become producers and not commentators in the field of green chemistry.
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Date of update November 8, 2012

Univ. Grenoble Alpes