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The museum was intended to be a research centre and a place for scientific debate. To ensure that it met its aims, a scientific committee was set up in 2006.
The committee is chaired by Antoine Prost, Emeritus Professor at the University of Paris 1 – Panthéon-Sorbonne and the Institut d’études politiques de Paris.
Members of the committee include academics and researchers from France, Germany, the USA and the UK: Frédéric Adam, Jean-Paul Amat, Vincent Borella, Bruno Cabanes, François Cochet, Jean-Jacques Ferrandis, Jean-Noël Grandhomme, Frédéric Guelton, John Horne, Gerd Krumeich, Paul Jankowski, Jean-Claude Laparra, François-Xavier Long, Franck Meyer, Antoine Prost (Chairman), Michel Rouger, Hubert Tison, Jean-Pierre Verney, Laurent Veray, Arndt Weinrich and Jay Winter.
It was the scientific committee which defined the threefold concept for the new “Memorial Museum”:
– It had to be a museum explaining a Franco-German battle rather than giving only the French view of the fighting,
– It had to be located in the heart of the battlefield,
– It had to comply with the intentions of the Verdun veterans who first created it – it had to be a memorial.