Category Archives: Science news


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


Colonial Extensions, Postcolonial Decentrings, and book writen by French Australianists

This volume explores the meaning of the term «postcolonial» through various theoretical perspectives and disciplinary fields of expertise, with particular emphasis on colonialist discourses within a postmodern and globalised world. It has been edited by two French academics who have also published on Australian fictions, Indigeneity and politics in Australia and the representation of Indigenous people in Europe.

For more information, download the flyer: Postcolonial Decentrings flyer


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


Boosting coral abundance on the Great Barrier Reef – call for innovative solutions

The Queensland Department of Environment and Science (DES) and the Australian Department of the Environment and Energy (DoEE) have launched a $2 million challenge to find ways to boost coral abundance on the Great Barrier Reef. The Australian and Queensland governments have issued an open call to find novel ways to restore reefs and lift coral abundance.

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The International Seminar of “La main à la pâte”

La main à la pâte organises the 9th edition of the international seminar on science and technology education, with the support of the French Ministry of Education, under the patronage of the French UNESCO commission from 18 to 23 June 2018. New partners, trainers and decision-makers of foreign educational systems, interested in the renewal of science education and the implementation of an inquiry-based approach at school, are invited to apply to discover and discuss the methods and tools developed in France. This year, Education for Sustainable Development will be the transverse theme of the seminar.

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Night of Ideas: Power to the imagination – 25th of January 2018

Every year since 2016, a night is dedicated to celebrating knowledge in every field, exchange of ideas about the challenges of our time, and transmission among cultures, disciplines and generations.

On the 25th of January, scientists, artists, philosophers,… will gather all around the world to discuss and debate around the 2018’s theme: Power to imagination!

In 100 different towns of 70 different countries, in prestigious or unexpected places, conferences, shows, projections, concerts,… will be held on this theme.

You will find the programmation for the night of ideas 2018 on this link

If you are engaged in an event for the night of ideas, please contact us and we will relay it on the network!

Let ideas fly!!


Entanglement: Einstein’s Gift to Quantum Mechanics

The 2016 Nobel prize winner Duncan Haldane will be giving a public lecture on “Entanglement: Einstein’s Gift to Quantum Mechanics” on Tuesday 16 January at 6.15pm (doors open at 6pm) in the Dunbar Physics Theatre (bldg39A) of the Australian National University. The event is free. All welcome!

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Physics in the Pub: Black Holes, Higgs Bosons and the strangest materials in the universe.

Free fun even this Friday night – please circulate at your institution, invite your friends, come along!

Physics in the Pub: Black Holes, Higgs Bosons and the strangest materials in the universe.

Join us to explore some mind-blowing physics, with talks, songs, games and beer to bring out your inner nerd.


science pub


Pop Up Village, University Avenue, ANU

6 PM, Friday 12 January 2018


Free (thanks to the US Embassy)

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As well as black holes and Higgs bosons, we’ll focus on the 2016 Nobel prize, for topological materials. Winner of that prize, Duncan Haldane, from the US, is visiting ANU to explain these strange substances – they could be the key to quantum computers, an ‘internet of things’ that doesn’t doom the planet (looking at you, Bitcoin!), intergalactic transmat beams* and limitless clean fuel for personal rocketpacks*


There’ll be presentations from researchers from Mt Stromlo (RSAA), Maths (MSI) and Physics (RSPE), MCed by Phil Dooley from Physics to keep the Friday night vibe alive. Although Prof Haldane can’t join us on the night, students and lecturers from the Summer School will be mingling if you want to ask those niggling science questions that have been bugging you over the Christmas break.


Join science lovers from all over the country for a light-hearted look at some heavy physics, over some relaxing beverages – all welcome, and it’s free thanks to the US Embassy!


* actually not likely, and not predicted by any sane physicists.



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) –