Alain Claverie is the Director of CEMES, a laboratory of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientfique (CNRS) located in Toulouse, France, which is at the forefront of knowledge in the fields of nanosciences, nanomaterials and instrumentation. CEMES has funded the French METSA and is the coordinator of the EC-funded ESTEEM2 project, two networks aimed at developing and rendering available to a large community new techniques of electron microscopy. He has worked throughout his career as a coordinator or partner of several EC-funded projects aimed at understanding and modeling technological processes used by the microelectronic industry.