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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.

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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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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!



Call for projects: Phenomics Infrastructure for Excellence in Plant Science (PIEPS)

The PIEPS scheme is open to all publicly funded researchers and involves access to phenotyping capabilities at the Australian Plant Phenomics Facility (APPF) at a reduced cost to facilitate exceptional research projects. This is an outstanding opportunity to gain access to invaluable expertise and cutting edge technology to accelerate your research project and make a real impact in plant science discovery.

Emphasis is placed on novel collaborations that bring together scientists preferably from different disciplines (e.g. plant physiology, computer science, engineering, biometry, quantitative genetics, molecular biology, chemistry, physics) and from different organisations, within Australia or internationally, to focus on problems in plant science.

Applications close: 30 September 2017

For more information and to apply follow this link or this link


Call – An AFRAN response to the Innovation & Science Australia 2030 Strategic Plan Issue Paper

Please join us for an opportunity to help shape Australia’s “2030 Strategic Plan for the Australian innovation, science and research system”.

What is it about?

The Australian Government has tasked Innovation and Science Australia with developing a Strategic Plan for the Australian innovation, science and research system out to 2030. The Strategic Plan will aim to contribute to the wellbeing and prosperity of all Australians by ensuring that Australia reaches its innovation potential.

The Strategic Plan will build on the findings of Innovation and Science Australia’s Performance Review of the Australian Innovation, Science and Research system.

It will describe what Australia’s innovation system should look like in 2030 and will make recommendations as to how Australia can get there. It will also outline how our progress can be evaluated. The 2030 Strategic Plan will be delivered to government in the last quarter of 2017.

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Bulletin de veille science et technologie – Ambassade de France en Australie – Science and Technology Newsletter – Embassy of France in Australia

The Embassy of France is delighted to send you the April Science and Technology Newsletter.

L’Ambassade de France en Australie a le plaisir de vous adresser l’édition d’avril 2017 du bulletin de veille Science et Technologie édité par le poste.

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This symposium aims to share the last scientific advances on cancer and  resistance to treatments. It is supported by AFRAN, as it is the continuation of a fruitful collaboration between the team of the CRCL (Cancer Research Centre of Lyon) and the university of Melbourne.

The official launch of the first LIA, Associated International Laboratory, supporting common research projects between the Inserm CRCL and the university of Melbourne, should conclude this workshop.

To see the program: 21April2017-Heterogeneity Symposium