Science in Grenoble
Grenoble, the capital of the French Alps, is among the leading centers in Europe for science and technology, R & D, and technological and industrial innovations. The combination of internationally renowned research laboratories, private companies, and start-ups attracts researchers from around the world. Grenoble hosts highly-ranked Grenoble Alpes University (top ten in France), many public research laboratories (CNRS, INSERM, Minatec, CEA), international research organizations (European Synchrotron Radiation Facility-ESRF, Institute Laue Langevin-ILL, European Molecular Biology Laboratory-EMBL), and private companies, especially in the semiconductor field (Technopôle of Meylan-Montbonnot, STMicroelectronics).
Life in Grenoble
Grenoble has many alluring attributes. It is a reasonably small city, so getting around is no problem, and of course, life in this green, eco-friendly city is much less expensive than in other big cities in France. Because Grenoble is surrounded by three mountain ranges, Grenoble offers unequalled recreational opportunities, from hiking to mountain biking to paragliding- and in the winter, several ski stations offering alpine and cross country skiing are only 40 minutes away from the city center. For those who like explore further afield, Grenoble is close to Lyon (1.5 hr), the Mediterranean (3.5 hr), Paris (3 hr), Italy and Geneva, Switzerland (1.5 hr).
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