Doctorat Honoris Causa of Université Grenoble Alpes: 5 eminent international figures honored

Ceremony International, The university in general
On the  December 6, 2022
From left to right : Tim Ingold, Roberto Zanino, Lisa Moore, Éva Tardos, Fiona Macintosh
From left to right : Tim Ingold, Roberto Zanino, Lisa Moore, Éva Tardos, Fiona Macintosh
Tim Ingold, Fiona Macintosh, Lisa Moore, Éva Tardos and Roberto Zanino, were officially awarded the title and insignia of Doctor Honoris Causa by the UGA. Five eminent international figures were thus distinguished for their scientific excellence, their exceptional contributions to the humanities, sciences and techniques, and their links with UGA.
"In accordance with the deliberations of the Board of Directors of Université Grenoble Alpes, and in view of the favorable opinion of the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs, I have the honor, on behalf of our academic community, to confer upon you the title of Doctor Honoris Causa of Université Grenoble Alpes and to present you with the insignia, the epitome and the diploma."

On Friday, 2 December 2022, Yassine Lakhnech, President of Université Grenoble Alpes, officially awarded the title of Doctor Honoris Causa to five eminent international personalities. This ceremony was the first Honorary Doctorate ceremony of Université Grenoble Alpes (UGA) since the integration in 2020 of Grenoble INP, the Institute of Engineering and Management - UGA, Science Po Grenoble - UGA, and the Ecole nationale supérieure d'architecture de Grenoble ENSAG - UGA.

Les nouveaux Docteurs Honoris Causa de l’UGA avec leurs parrains-marraines, en présence d’Hervé Courtois, vice-président recherche et innovation de l’UGA, de Yassine Lakhnech, président de l’UGA et de Gabriele Fioni, recteur délégué.
UGA’s new Doctors Honoris Causa with the President of Université Grenoble Alpes, Yassine Lakhnech, and the Rector Delegate for Higher Education and Research of the AURA region, Gabriele Fioni.
The title of Doctor Honoris Causa is one of the most prestigious distinctions awarded by French universities. Since 1918, this honorary title has been awarded to "personalities of foreign nationality for distinguished services rendered to the arts, letters, sciences and techniques, to France or to the institution which awards the title".

A look back at the ceremony in pictures

Discours d’ouverture de Yassine Lakhnech, président de l’UGARemise de l’épitoge à Tim Ingold par Yassine LakhnechTim Ingold entouré de son parrain, Jean-Paul Thibaud et du président de l’UGARemise du diplôme à Fiona Macintosh par Yassine LakhnechFiona Macintosh entourée de sa marraine, Malika Bastin et du président de l’UGARemise de l’épitoge à Lisa Moore par Yassine LakhnechLisa Moore entourée de sa marraine, Gretchen Schiller et du président de l’UGARemise de l’épitoge à Éva Tardos par Yassine LakhnechÉva Tardos entourée de sa marraine, Sophie Achard et du président de l’UGARemise du diplôme à Roberto Zanino par Yassine LakhnechRoberto Zanino entouré de sa marraine, Brigitte Plateau et du président de l’UGAPhoto de clôture de la cérémonie

UGA’s new Doctors Honoris Causa

Tim Ingold
Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at University of Aberdeen (UK)i
Nominated by: Jean-Paul Thibaud, Director of Research at the Ambiances, Architectures, Urbanities Laboratory (CNRS, UGA, ENSAG-UGA, Centrale Nantes, ENSA) and professor at ENSAG-UGA
Tim Ingold is considered one of the most important anthropologists of his generation. A leading figure in contemporary anthropology, he has developed an original approach to the environment and played a pioneering role in the articulation between the social and the ecological, as well as in the attention paid to the question of the living. Read more.

Fiona Macintosh
Professor of Classical Reception at Oxford University, Fellow of St Hilda's College (UK)
Nominated by: Malika Bastin, professor at the UFR LLASIC, Université Grenoble Alpes and at the Laboratoire Litt&Arts (UGA, CNRS)
Fiona Macintosh is a world-renowned scholar of Classical Reception and one of the most important figures in her field. Her work focuses on the reception of antiquity on contemporary stages and in modern theater since the Enlightenment. Professor at Oxford University, she was the very first person appointed professor of Classical Reception. Read more.

Lisa Moore
Writer and professor of literature at Memorial University (Newfoundland, Canada)
Nominated by: Gretchen Schiller, professor at the UFR LLASIC, Université Grenoble Alpes and at the Laboratoire Litt&Arts (UGA, CNRS)
Professor at Memorial University of Newfoundland in Canada, Lisa Moore is an acclaimed writer, with her works being nominated and awarded multiple national and international prizes. Her novel February was a longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, and more recently her national best-seller Caught was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. Read more.

Éva Tardos
Professor of Computer Science at Cornell University (New York, USA)
Nominated by: Sophie Achard, research director at the Jean Kuntzmann Laboratory (CNRS, Inria, UGA-Grenoble INP-UGA)
Éva Tardos is a leading researcher in the theory of computing. Professor at Cornell University in the USA, her contributions have shaped the field of algorithms over the last thirty years, as well as several of the field’s major developments as a discipline. Read more.

Roberto Zanino
Professor of nuclear engineering at the Politecnico di Torino (Italy)
Nominated by: Brigitte Plateau, professor at Grenoble INP - Ensimag, Université Grenoble Alpes and at the Grenoble Computer Science Laboratory (CNRS, Inria, UGA-Grenoble INP-UGA)
Professor of nuclear engineering at Politecnico di Torino, Roberto Zanino is an eminent specialist of computational methods of crucial relevance in nuclear fusion reactors. He has contributed to the development, verification, validation and application of computational methods and state-of-the-art tools. Read more.

An official ceremony and talks open to the general public

Social Anthropology, Classical Reception, Literature, Computer Science or Nuclear Engineering: this ceremony was also an opportunity to discover the research and the world of UGA's five new Honorary Doctors from Scotland, England, Canada, the United States and Italy.
Grenoble Campus Orchestra’s chamber music ensemble provided the perfect backdrop for the ceremony, performing works by Mozart and Vivaldi.

This first ceremony of Honorary Doctors of UGA will be followed in 2023 by a second ceremony to distinguish 6 new international personalities: Wen-Chang Chen from National Taiwan University, Katsuhiro Akimoto from the University of Tsukuba in Japan, Tania Araujo-Jorge from the Oswaldo Cruz Institute in Brazil, Mona Nemer from the University of Ottawa in Canada, Louise Richardson from Oxford, Reinhard Gentzel from the Max-Planck Institute in Germany.
 
Published on  December 9, 2022
Updated on  January 25, 2023