France partners with Fermilab in new state-of-the-art particle accelerator
On March 15, Guillaume Lacroix, French Consul General to the Midwest, and James Dat, Scientific Attaché, participated in the groundbreaking ceremony of the PIP-II particle accelerator at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. The ceremony was attended by many dignitaries including Illinois Governor JB Pritzker, Senator Dick Durbin, Senator Tammy Duckworth, as well as national and international partners among them scientists from the French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) and the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS).
“In science, like in other fields, international cooperation is crucial for lasting mutual success, innovation and progress. France takes pride in being a leading partner of the PIP-II accelerator project, based on decades of cooperation with Fermilab. French institutions look forward to sharing skills and expertise in superconducting radio-frequency technology," said Consul General Lacroix. "We believe in science. We believe the scientists. We believe in progress and international cooperation. International scientific cooperation will actually contribute to accelerate business links between France and the State of Illinois," he added.