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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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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.

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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.

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

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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…

 

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AFRAN Call for Initiatives!!

AFRAN Association plays an active role in running events and communication initiatives to support a growing community of members, as well as facilitating bi-national dialogue on research and innovation issues. Many of these initiatives are member-initiated and supported by AFRAN and additional financial resources.

This year, AFRAN will fund initiatives or series of smaller, integrated initiatives (e.g. series of network building activities, one-off or series of collaborative research exhibitions or productions, symposia/workshops focussed on community development) designed to federate, build and scale up thematic communities around particular research and innovation areas within the perimeter of AFRAN and/or between France and Australia.

AFRAN will offer funding up to AUD 5,000 (five thousand Australian dollars) towards logistics and/or travel costs for selected initiatives. This program only funds projects initiated by members of AFRAN.

Deadline for applications: 15 July 2018

Results announced: 31 July 2018

Earliest date for project start: 1 August 2018

Latest date for project completion: 31 July 2019

More information about the program and to apply: AFRAN call for initiatives application form 2018

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3rd Conference of the Pacific Islands Universities Research Network on 8-10 Oct 2018, Outumaoro, Punaauia (French Polynesia)

We are pleased to announce that the 3rd Pacific Islands Universities Research Network Conference is to be held at the University of French Polynesia from Monday, October 8th to Wednesday, October 10th 2018. You will find the first announcement and call for proposals on the official conference website.

For any contribution proposal, abstracts should be uploaded by Tuesday, June 5th 2018 on this link.

In addition, registrations open on Monday, April 16th 2018.

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AFRAN workshop on Sea ice biogeochemistry in the Antarctic sea ice: from observations to modelling

Climate induced changes in the sea-ice zone are expected to drastically impact marine biogeochemical cycles in polar regions, with feedbacks on the ocean and climate systems that are difficult to predict. Sea ice is a very dynamic element in polar oceans and large uncertainties remain in its response to climate change.
In this context, AFRAN is supporting a workshop is organized between French, Australian and Belgian scientists who want to collaborate and improve the modelling of sea ice biogeochemistry, comprising the biogeochemical cycles of carbon, nutrients and iron.

This workshop will take place on June 12-14th 2018, at Davos, Switzerland.

For more information, complete program and references, you can dowload the agenda: AFRAN_workshop_agenda

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Franco-Australian Astrobiology and Exoplanet Workshop outcomes

The Australian National University (ANU) in collaboration with the Paris Sciences et Lettres (PSL) Research University have hosted the first Franco-Australian Astrobiology and Exoplanet School and Workshop on December 16 – 20, 2017 at the Australian National University.

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Over the past twenty years, astronomers have observed more than 3,000 extrasolar planets, consequently revealing the diversity of planets that exist in the universe. This has opened a door for us to re-examine and re-define theories of the origin and evolution of planetary systems, and it has also brought us to the point where discovering extra-terrestrial life has become a real possibility. The ever-increasing number of detections continues to drive exoplanet research forward and we are currently on the cusp of a technological revolution where near-future space and ground-based observatories will allow an unprecedented opportunity to further explore and characterise smaller, potentially habitable exoplanets for signs of life.

Do protoplanetary disks include compositional trends that imprint on the future planets? What should future observations of Solar System bodies focus on? Where should we search for nearby habitable Earth-like planets? How can the science of the remote detection of biosignatures be advanced? What can our knowledge of life on Earth tell us about life elsewhere in the universe? These are the questions that have been raised during the workshop.

This workshop, sponsored by ANU, PSL, and AFRAN, has brought leading experts from France, Australia and around the world, and has designed the future of collaborative projects between Australia and France in these fields.

 

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INAUGURAL FRENCH-AUSTRALIAN ENERGY SYMPOSIUM – UNSW, Sydney, 7 February 2018

The French-Australian Energy Symposium, an initiative conceived within AFRAN, will be organized on the 7th of February 2018 at UNSW, in the context of the 3rd Future Energy EF 3 Conference

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For more information about the symposium, and the complete program of the event, you can download the flyer: FLYER ENERGY SYMPOSIUM

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International Conference : The Athenian Funeral Oration – 40 Years after Nicole Loraux

Registration is now open for The Athenian Funeral Oration: 40 Years after Nicole Loraux. This international conference is taking place at the University of Strasbourg from 9 to 11 July 2018. English-, French- and German-speakers often read Pericles’s famous funeral oration at school or university. Once a year, in democratic Athens, such an oration was delivered in honour of the war dead. For the Athenians it was a vitally important speech, because it reminded them who they were as a people and why they had sacrificed their sons in war. This conference is undertaking the most-thorough study of this genre in 40 years. The book to come from it will be published by Cambridge University Press.

 

In 1981 the great French ancient historian, Nicole Loraux, published a transformational study of this oration. Loraux proved that it had played a central part in maintaining Athenian self-identity. Yet, despite her study’s huge impact, it was far from complete. Her study did not compare the funeral oration and the other genres of Athens’s popular literature. Therefore Loraux could not prove her claim that the funeral oration was the most important of these genres. This conference completes Loraux’s study by making this comparison. In doing so it furnishes new studies of the 5 extant funeral orations and the most-comprehensive account to date of war’s place in democratic Athens’s popular culture.

More information on this link

CONVENOR: David M. Pritchard (Queensland/Strasbourg) – dpritchard@unistra.fr

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Foundations of the nuclear force, nuclear structure and dynamics

A collaboration between scientists of Australian (University of Adelaide and Australian National University in Canberra), French (CEA-Saclay) and US (University of Tennessee) laboratories has obtained an Australian Research Center Discovery Grant for three years to investigate the “Foundations of the nuclear force, nuclear structure and dynamics”.
This project aims to investigate a profound problem in physics: the structure and interactions of atomic nuclei in terms of their microscopic constituents.
It is expected to improve our understanding of the structure and dynamics of nuclei, their formation in the cosmos, neutron star properties, and underpins future nuclear technologies.
The collaboration, led by Prof. Anthony Thomas, is seeking a Research Associate to work in the Centre for the Subatomic Structure of Matter (CSSM) in Adelaide.
This position will be of interest to theorists working in nuclear theory and the project will be focused on the development of the Quark Meson Coupling model and its application to nuclear structure and reactions as well as neutron stars.