The CNRS is the largest public-funded research organisation in France and the largest fundamental research organisation in Europe. The CNRS budget was about € 3.4 billion in 2018. The CNRS employs 25,000 permanent employees (tenured researchers, engineers and administrative staff) and 7,000 temporary workers. The CNRS is divided into 10 institutes covering the different fields of knowledge, among which the National Institute for Earth Sciences and Astronomy (INSU). The CNRS runs its research units either independently or in association with other institutions.
The unit involved in SOLARNET is the Télescope héliographique pour l’étude du magnétisme et des instabilités solaires (THEMIS – UPS 3718) and it is an intramural service unit. THEMIS scientific and technical crew dedication is mainly the operation, maintenance, and upgrade of the telescope THEMIS. Typical in-house technical realisations are optical designs and realisation for instrumentation upgrade (active optics, detectors, polarimetric analysis). With a huge background in the design and use of a modern solar telescope (THEMIS is the only alt-az solar telescope that has been running for 10 years).
Bernard Gelly – THEMIS CNRS UPS Director
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