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The Collège de France Committee on Scientific and Strategic Orientation (coss)

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1The Committee on Scientific and Strategic Orientation (COSS) was created by the Collège de France in 2003. The COSS consists of 12 leading scholars and scientists from abroad, chosen by the Faculty, which also appoints the Chairman and the Vice-Chairman of the Committee.

2The role of the COSS is to analyse the Collège de France's scientific and strategic orientations and the conditions for fulfilling its missions, so that it can make recommendations on how these might evolve or be enhanced. The COSS also examines the coherence­ of the institution's strategy, the significance and the exploitation of the multidisciplinarity of its Chairs, its international policy, the adequacy of its research resources in relation to its objectives, and the optimization of its administrative structures. The COSS is not expected to examine individually the scientific activities of each Chair, as these are evaluated by outside experts.

3The members of the COSS are appointed for a period of four years, and half of the Committee is renewed every four years.

4Riccardo Barbieri, Physics, Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, Italy

5Suzan Berger, Chairman, Political Science, Massachussetts Institute of Technology, USA

6Lorraine Daston, History of Science, Max Planck Institute, Germany

7Luiz Davidovich, Physics, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brasil

8François Diederich, Laboratory of Organic Chemistry, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH), Switzerland

9Anne Ephrussi, Biology, European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), Heidelberg, Germany

10Didier Fassin, Anthropology, School of Social Science, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, USA

11Jonathan Hay, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, USA

12Helmut Hofer, Mathematics, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, USA

13Ann Jefferson, Medieval and French Languages, Oxford University, United Kingdom

14Dominique Lambert, Vice-Chairman, Physics / History of Science, Louvain la Neuve, Belgium

15Suzanne Preston-Blier, Fine Arts and African American Studies, Sackler Museum, Harvard University, USA

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« The Collège de France Committee on Scientific and Strategic Orientation (coss) », La lettre du Collège de France [En ligne], 7 | 2015, mis en ligne le 03 novembre 2015, consulté le 21 février 2017. URL :

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