Category Archives: Science news


CNRS Newsletter June 2018

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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.

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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.

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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…



CNRS Newsletter Mai 2018

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Australian-French Entrepreneurship Challenge- deadline for application extended to 9am Friday 18th of May!

This national competition put teams of PhD students in front of a big challenge: designing an innovative and profitable start-up concept, and convincing the grand jury of expert entrepreneurs, scientists and managers, of the viability of their idea!

Participants will have 24 hours to develop their proposal. Following this the teams will pitch their ideas and the judges will make their selections.

More information on this event and registration on the Academy of Science website.




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.


Pint of Science 2018 is next Month!

Pubs across the country will host some of our brightest science minds from May 14 to 16 to talk about their science, technology, engineering or maths research and careers over a pint (or two).

Pint of Science will be celebrated in a record 21 countries this year, and Australia’s east coast will host the first events of 2018.

More information on science topics and locations on this link


CNRS Newsletter April 2018

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Call for papers of special issue on ‘Earth Observation for the Sustainable Development Goals’

Remote sensing technologies for Earth Observation systems have an increasing potential for monitoring land, coastal and marine zones. These technologies have a definitive and preponderant role to play in supporting and tracking progress of the newly adopted Sustainable Development Goals. A special issue on ‘Earth Observation for the Sustainable Development Goals’ welcomes contributions that showcase the application of EO systems to support countries in target setting of the SDGs, including baseline determination, as well as tracking progress of implementation, and informing sustainable development planning and decision making.

The papers should highlight the Sustainable Development Goal and target(s) that the research contributes to advance. We are calling for submission of a 400 abstract by 30th April 2018 to

Submission and acceptance of abstracts is mandatory to proceed with the submission of a full paper. Deadline for submission of full papers: 30 August 2018

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