Grenoble is the capital of the French Alpes, located in a valley surrounded by beautiful mountains.
Stendhal once wrote that “… there is a mountain at the end of each Grenoble street: Belledonne, Vercors and Chartreuse…”. On the touristic side, Grenoble is famous for alpine landscapes, sunshine and snow.
On the scientific side, Grenoble is often referred to as the place where the Silicon and SOI Valleys merge. Stendhal would certainly write today that “…there is research lab or high-tech place at the corner of each mountain”.
A number of advanced R&D centres and leading semiconductor fabs are scattered around Grenoble. Application oriented research is blooming, its roots being the dense network of laboratories dedicated to basic research. World class institutes (an Synchrotron Radiation Facility, CEA, Neutron ILL reactor, etc) are surrounded by numerous smaller, yet outstanding University and CNRS laboratories.
Grenoble is one of the major university towns in France: over 68,000 students representing about 15% of the population of the greater Grenoble area. Grenoble is understandably proud of its academic and scientific environment, with a long tradition of partnership between research and industry.
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