Monthly Archives: June 2018


CNRS Newsletter June 2018

The CNRS Newsletter is available on this link


Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) Grants

Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) grants support medium to long term industry-led collaborations to solve industry problems and deliver tangible outcomes.

CRC grants provide CRCs with up to 50% of the resources with no specified limit to funding available for each CRC. The CRC collaboration must at least match the amount of grant.

More information and to apply on this link



Climate action: how can the media play its part on the road to Katowice?

This conference will give an inside view of the tribulations of reporting on international climate negotiations and communicating the climate emergency. Hear from H.E. Christophe Penot, Ambassador of France, about what is at stake at COP24 in Katowice, Poland in December this year. The discussion will be introduced by H.E. Bernhard Zimburg, Ambassador of Austria.

Download the flyer: poster melbourne 13 June CDW

The eventbrite registration link


AFRAN booth at the “French Days on Campus 2018” in Adelaide

On the 15th, 16th and 17th of May, the University of South Australia, Flinders University and the University of Adelaide hosted the “French Days on Campus”, a special event conceived by the Embassy of France and aiming to promote France and the opportunities it has to offer to students, teachers or researchers of the Australian Universities.

Many activities were organised around a “French stand”, gathering many institutions. This stand included representants of a dozen of French Universities and Grandes Ecoles, as well as French companies, Alliance Française, and FACCI (French-Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry).

Dr. Maxime François, AFRAN Hub leader for South Australia, run a booth on this occasion to allow both students and professors from the universities to get to know the association and its opportunities linked to France.


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Image Credit: Alice Pebay

AFRAN met with President Macron and Minister Vidal early May in Sydney

On his arrival, on 1st of May 2018, French President Mr. Emmanuel Macron has met Australian political stakeholders, along with our association’s president Dr. Katherine Daniell, who briefly briefed him and Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull on the Association’s mission.

AFRAN at the Opera House

Dr. Katherine Daniell, Prof. Pascale Quester, President Emmanuel Macron, Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull

AFRAN was also present at an official dinner, on the 2nd of May, with the French high education, research and innovation delegation: French Ministers Vidal, Buzyn, Blanquer, Girardin and Secretaire d’Etat Lecornu. AFRAN’s president, vice-president, A/Prof. Kondo-François Aguey-Zinsou, and 35 scientists members of the association had the opportunity to exchange on their experiences of scientific cooperation between France and Australia, but also to showcase the association’s activites, its potential for structuring the bilateral cooperation, as well as its development objectives, in particular in France.


The French Minister for Solidarity and Health, Agnes Buzyn with AFRAN scientists



Toulouse space show 2018

Attended by more than 3000 worldwide participants including leading stakeholders & decision-makers: entrepreneurs, Space Agency directors, executives of key organizations and political leaders, the TOULOUSE SPACE SHOW is a major global forum dedicated to novel Space solutions, highlighting future trends & the new Space economy.

More information on this link

This year, it will take place in the Centre des Congrès Pierre Baudis, on the 26th to 28th of June.

Many sides events are organised around this event such as an exhibition through the eyes of women, a one day event focusing on satellite navigation technologies, a session on Space Quantum Key Distribution with its new trends, space experiments and applications to come, a session on the role of space observations for biosphere and climate, roundtables on nanosatellites bringing together relevant players to discuss the economic rationale underlying both the new launch offers and the “nano-projects” fundraising, a session on the integration or development of satellite communication in a constantly changing telecommunications environment, and many more topics will be addressed in this Toulouse Space Show…

All the side events on this link


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Café Science-Politique : the New-Caledonian referendum

New Caledonia is at a crossroads for its political future, and an increasing number of questions are emerging as we approach the end of the period of the Noumea agreement. At the dawn of a referendum of self-determination, which should take place this November, we can question who are the actors of the political transition? How will it be organized? On which time-scale will it happen? And so many more questions…

Guest speaker: Dr. Carine David, lecturer in public law from the University of New Caledonia, will share her reflections on the transition happening in New Caledonia

After the presentation, Carine was joined by a panel discussion and Q&A in a café-style atmosphere around a cheese platter

Panelists: A/Prof Asmi Wood (ANU College of Law), Denise Fisher (ANU Centre for European Studies & former diplomat), Noel Derwort (former RAAF Air Commodore)

Tuesday, 12th of June 4.30-6.00pm

 ANU Centre for European Studies, 1 Liversidge St, Acton

This event was the occasion to remind us of New-Caledonia history within France. First a French colony (1853-1946), it became an Oversea Territory (1946-1998) with different status and variable autonomy, which triggered independance revendications from the indigene population: the Kanaks. Then, after two agreements, the Matignon agreement (1988-1998) and the Noumea agreement (1998-today), New-Caledonia will answer the question to know if it wants to access to full sovereignty and independance… or not!

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The process might include up to three referendum, the first should take place on the 4th of November 2018. A YES to independance would lead to a constituent process, and negociation with France, a NO would lead to another referendum in 2020, or to negociations for a new status within France. Same process for the 2020 referendum.


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Ms Carine David explained her feeling that the population is unprepared for this referendum, and unprepared for the day after the referendum if New Caledonia votes for its independance. The population’s participation in the process is limited. The panel shared their view on this unprecedented electoral process, its meaning for the New-Caledonian population, and its impact on their political future.

The people of New Caledonia still have to find a way to a common future, where their culture and their way of life can assert, their common values can be defined, and their economy secured…