Ghislain Nicaise

Ghislain Nicaise

Ghislain Nicaise is a biologist, he undertook research until 2004 and today continues to be an environmental activist. In 1963, he started his career as a laboratory assistant for the Zoological department of the “Faculté des Sciences” in Lyon. By 1970 he focused his attention on cellular neurobiology and headed a research team on “Compared cytophysiological excitable tissues” from 1975 to 1984. In 1984 he became a professor at Nice University where he created the “Laboratoire de Cytologie expérimentale” as well as the “Centre Commun de Microscopie Appliquée”. His work was principally orientated on intracellular calcic compartments and on the roles held by calcium and sodium in neurohormonal secretion. From 1999 to the year of his retirement in 2004, he concentrated his attention on the creation of a professional degree in Biotechnology. In 1972 he created the Lyon and Villeurbanne branch of “Friends of the Earth” and in 1974 coordinated René Dumont’s regional campaign in the Rhône-Alpes. He was one of the main organizers of the 1976 protests against the construction of a nuclear facility in Creys-Malville. In 1977 he organized the first national reunion of the international NGO, Friends of the Earth in Chapeau Cornu and spent a lot of energy in supporting Brice Lalonde’s presidential campaign in 1981. He also participated in the creation of the French Green Party in 1984 and remained a discrete activist within the party for almost twenty years. Once retired, he became part of the “Green party’s statutory council” (which became EELV) until 2011. Today he actively participates in the life of the NGO “Terre de Liens” and regularly writes for two magazines, “Au Sauvage en Ligne” and “La Gazette des Jardins”. He is also trying out permaculture techniques on a spot of land near Nice.

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The Gaia Hypothesis

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