Category Archives: AFRAN


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.


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


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.


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.




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


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


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) –


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.


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AFRAN Forum 2017 outcomes

The annual AFRAN Forum was held on 7 and 8 December at the Centre for European Studies of the Australian National University.

The forum was the occasion of active discussions and fruitful exchanges within the AFRAN community, and with the invited speakers and guests. A wide range of topics was addressed from Energy, Coral Reef science to Space, and potential new opportunities have been identified in Environment or Internet of Things, thanks to this event. Last but not least, the forum meant to explore ways of reinforcing linkages with the Pacific region. The contribution of speakers from Pasteur Institute New Caledonia, SPREP, and from the University of New Caledonia was key here.

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Most of the speakers presentations are accessible below :

“Shaping a smart and sustainable global future through global sustainability network: a vision for the French-Australian science and innovation cooperation”, by Dr. Imran Ahmad, Director of Future Earth Australia: FUTURE EARTH AUSTRALIA_ImranAhmad

“Energy transition, a key pillar for the bilateral cooperation agenda”, by Dr. François Aguey-Zinsou, Head of MERLiN lab., UNSW: EnergyTransition Fr-Au cooperation_FAgueyUNSW

“Internet of Thing and Industry for the Future”, by Dr. Benoit Passot, University of Wollongong and Mr. Renald Gallis, Thinxtra: UOW_Thinxtra_RGallis

“Hybrid architectured materials, an example of a fruitful collaboration between France and Asutralia”, by Dr. Justin Dirrenberger, CNAM: HybridArchitecturedMaterials_Dirrenberger

“Hydraulic engineering for environment and sustainable development”, by Dr. Jean-Michel Tanguy, CEO of GIS HEDD: HydraulicEngineering_TanguyGIS_HEDD

“Science and Technology cooperation between France and Australia: 2017 developments and perspectives for 2018”, by Ms. Anne Rouault, Science and Technology Attachée at the French Embassy: FR-AU ST cooperation 2017-2018_ARouaultEmbassy

“Science and Innovation collaboration with France, a DIIS perspective”, by Ms. Sarah Brown, DIIS :Science&Innovation collaboration_SarahBrownDIIS

“AFRAN and the French Embassy toolbox”, by Mr. Nicolas Duhaut and Ms. Anne Rouault, French Embassy: SupportingCollaboration_NDuhaut&ARouaultEmbassy

“Sustainable agriculture: the potential of French-Australian cooperation in agronomy research”, by Dr. Mike Grundy, CSIRO Agriculture: Agronomy&Soil Research_MikeGrundyCSIROAgriculture

“Bilateral cooperation in Marine Science and coral reef protection”, by Prof. Terry Hughes, ARC Center of Excellence on coral reef studies: CORAL REEF COLLABORATION_TerryHughesCoE Coral Reef Studies

“Innovative soluutions for reef regeneration: the ANR Ecocorail project”, by Dr. Arnaud Serres, University of New-Caledonia: LittoralPreservation_AserresECOCORAIL

“Pacific societal challenges and science cooperation, a legitimate dimension for AFRAN”, by Mr. Paul Anderson, SPREP: AFRAN Pacific_PaulAndersonSPREP

“Health issues in the Pacific and opportunities for the bilateral science cooperation: the research focus of the Pasteur Institute in New Caledonia”, by Dr. Catherine Inizan, Pasteur Institute NC: PacificHealth_CInizanPASTEUR NC




The 2017 AFRAN (Australian-French Association for Research and Innovation) Forum opens on Thursday in Canberra.

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AFRAN Forum 2017

The final program of the AFRAN Forum 2017 is now available!

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Download the program: AFRAN Forum Program FINALweb

The yearly General Assembly meeting of AFRAN will be organised on the 8th of December in the context of the Forum. A strategy for the future development of AFRAN will be discussed in this context to nurture further policy action. Your participation is essential to support the establishment and the recognition of AFRAN as a lively expert platform that is in a position to support and profile the future of the cooperation.
Election of the new AFRAN committee will be held in this context. Join us and contribute to this collective move!


AFRAN Forum 2017 in Canberra

The AFRAN association will hold its annual forum in Canberra on the 7/8 December 2017.

AFRAN stands for Australian FRench Association for research and innovatioN

AFRAN is a platform gathering researchers engaged in research and innovation collaborations between Australian and French institutions.

The association aims to empower scientists and to encourage them to take bottom up action to practically expand the France-Australia science cooperation agenda further.

The 2017 Forum is an opportunity to gather the AFRAN community, and discuss science and innovation areas of high potential for the future of the bilateral Science and Technology cooperation.

One key objective of the 2017 AFRAN Forum is to raise the association’s profile and visibility among the Science and Technology policy makers and stakeholders.

In this respect, priority will be given to the building up of Thematic bilateral Science communities within AFRAN that can position themselves as high level expertise groups on which stakeholders, policy makers, and industry players can rely on.

The focus of the 2017 AFRAN Forum will be on Innovation and sustainability, with an inaugural keynote speech by distinguished Prof Imran Ahmad, CEO of Future Earth Australia.

Ecosystems sustainability, R&D supporting the Industry 4.0 transition, Space and Earth observation, as well as update of bilateral policy developments and new cooperation instruments will be the key themes of the Forum discussions.

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We look forward to seeing you!