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CNRS Newsletter November 2017

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The 1st Australia-French Energy Symposium in Sydney

The 3rd Energy Future Conference and Exhibition to be held in UNSW Sydney from 5 to 7 February 2018 will attract over 300 attendees nationally and internationally, including members from government bodies (national and international), industry (around 20% of the attendees) and academia. AFRAN member Francois AGUEY, Head of UNSW MERlin (Materials Energy Research Laboratory in nanoscale) is playing a key role in the Conference organizing committee.

In the context of this conference, the 1st Australia-French energy symposium will be organized on the 7th of February 2018. This bilateral workshop, supported by AFRAN, aims at rationalizing existing bilateral collaborations in the important and global area of energy and to strengthen and grow a unique base of strong and multidisciplinary research capability and expertise supporting industry.

Energy and the transition to new energy systems are of global importance with unprecedented new market opportunities. By strengthening and expanding existing Australian-French research and industry collaborations in this space, we foresee the potential for industry to benefit from a unique and unparalleled international research expertise.

Australia is a global producer of mineral resources, one of the largest exporters of energy commodities, and Australia has significant untapped renewable energy resources. Australia is also uniquely positioned in the Asia region, and its resources will continue to power Asia’s industrialisation, urbanisation and growth. This coupled with the highly skilled Australia-French complementary research expertise and the capability of multinational Australian and French companies, SMEs and start-ups creates new opportunities for joint innovation and ventures with global impact.


For this inaugural symposium, the following key areas of strategic importance for Australia and France will be targeted:

1- Energy storage in the form of electrochemical (batteries, supercapacitors), chemicals (synthetic fuels, hydrogen), and thermal.

2- Renewable energy in particular in the form of solar energy (photovoltaic but also the conversion of solar to chemical energy), biomass, marine energy and export of renewable energy (e.g. power to gas)

3- Integration of Energy systems including renewable and energy management (large and small scale including grid management, battery management, hybrid energy systems management such as fuel cell/electrolyser/battery)

4- Electrical engineering and power electronic and smart systems supporting the above

For further information, please contact Francois AGUEY (


A Deep Blue Challenge

One of the most accessible and complete reports on the state of our oceans is now available as a free download. Tackling issues from carbon dioxide absorption to sea level rise, plastic pollution and overfishing, some 160 ocean specialists working in 50 different scientific fields have contributed to this book, whose aim is to increase awareness to what has become one of today’s most pressing and urgent challenges: the Oceans


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CNRS Newsletter October 2017

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The Great Barrier Reef can repair itself, with a little help from science

The conversation has edited an article on how science could help the recovery of the coral reefs from recent unprecedented coral bleaching events

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French and Australian experts on solving the world’s sustainability challenge

The Conversation presents a reflexion from French and Australian experts on how to fight climate change, and limit warming according to the 2015 Paris Agreement.


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GRude Seminar

Call for Papers-George Rudé Seminar in French History and Civilisation

We are pleased to announce the 21st George Rudé Seminar in French History and Civilisation, which will be hosted by The Australian National University in Canberra from 4 to 7 July 2018.

The George Rudé Seminar in French History and Civilisation is the premier conference in French historical and cultural studies in the southern hemisphere. This biennial event recognises the contribution of George Rudé to the study of French history and culture in Australasia and internationally. Each conference produces a peer-reviewed collection in the journal French History and Civilisation, published through H-France.


Closing Date: 1 December 2017


Download the Call for papers:George Rude Seminar 2018 – Call for Papers

Franco-Australian Astrobiology and Exoplanet Summer School and Workshop 16-20 December, 2017

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

Exoplanets and astrobiology are rapidly emerging fields that combine astronomy, biology, and earth sciences. Over the past 20 years, astronomers have detected thousands of planets orbiting other stars.   Researchers are now working on detecting more exoplanets, the statistical analyses of exoplanet data, the star-formation/planet-formation connection, the chemical characterization of exoplanets, extending and reconceptualising the traditional circumstellar habitable zone, exploring the limits of life on Earth, and trying to discover when and in what environmental context life originated on Earth. Key questions to answer are: How can we find nearby habitable Earth-like planets? How can the science of the remote detection of biosignatures be advanced? How can our knowledge of life on Earth be used to inform the quest to find life elsewhere in the universe?

This school and workshop, jointly sponsored by ANU and PSL, will bring leading experts from France, Australia and around the world to review these topics and identify new avenues for answering these questions. The outcomes of this workshop will inform future collaborative projects between Australia and France in this field.

The first 2 days (Dec 16 & 17) will be a school with lectures intended for PhD, Masters and undergraduate students. The following 3 days will be a workshop with research presentations on astrobiology and exoplanets formatted as in previous Australian Exoplanet Workshops.


Download the program: Tentative Program

For further information, please contact Charley Lineweaver (



This year at IAC17 in Adelaide, you have the opportunity to meet some of the best
Australian Space and Spatial start-ups and hear their pitch at the New Space &
Innovation Session.

Date: Wednesday 27th September 2017
Venue: Adelaide

Download the flyer:

2017.09.27 – INVITATION New Space and Innovation – Airbus DeltaV


CNRS newsletter September 2017

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