Because the ESRF is supported by 22 countries, diversity has always been part of its DNA.

38 nationalities are represented among the staff and continuous effort is being put in developing diversity and inclusiveness, with significant actions being taken to promote the employment of disabled persons and to encourage gender equality.

Examples of concrete actions which have been taken are:

  • Organisation of the Synchrotron@School programme, which consists in inviting high school students for a one-day immersion in our institute and to encourage to pursue their education in the sciences
  • Free French classes are offered to newcomers (and their spouses) who don’t speak French, to help them adapt to life in France
  • Participation in Sport2Job events, which are sports challenges organised to bridge the gap between employment and handicap