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SciTech Watch The official almost bi-monthly electronic newsletter of the French Embassy in South Africa

Launch edition


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BREAKING NEWS * French Embassy 2011 Call for PhD Bursary Applications * The Embassy of France updates its e-image * CampusFrance South Africa website is live RESEARCH AND STUDIES IN FRANCE @ http://www.ambafrance-rsa.org/ * Junior Group Leader positions at C3M in Nice, France * Master 2 / LLM in French and European Law Taught in English * Applications now open for international students at Ecole Polytechnique NEWS IN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY IN FRANCE * * * * * * * * *

Physics - Mathias Fink, an Outstanding Example of an Innovating Scientist ESPCI, the Engineering School of Nobel Laureates, Creates the ESPCI Georges Charpak Foundation Evaluation of CEA Nuclear Facilities after Fukushima ISAE Group Setting a Goal to Bring Together French Aerospace Space Schools Environmental Research - ALLENVI Publishes First Report COMET Moving Toward a New Generation of Underwater Robots The Scientist, the Rabbit and the Pheromone The Food & Nutrition Challenge and Agronomy on the Agenda of the Sixth Pradel Talks A New Book on Climate Research - Le climat a decouvert : Outils et methodes en recherche climatique


Breaking News French Embassy 2011 Call for PhD Bursary Applications The French Embassy bursary programme is currently proposing grants to facilitate international academic and scientific mobility for South African researchers towards French institutions of higher education. The programme offers the opportunity for doctoral students to integrate establishments in France for specified periods of time in order to participate in a collaborative research project as part of their doctoral thesis programme. Download the official Call for Applications Download the Bursary Application Form The Embassy of France updates its e-image The Embassy of France is pleased to announce the unveiling of its new look website and new media tools. In addition to updating the look and feel of the Embassy Website http://www.ambafrance-rsa.org, the communications team has launched a YouTube channel; the first video, a montage of the Bastille Day celebrations held at the Embassy residence in Pretoria on 14 July 2011, is available here http://www.youtube.com. The Embassy has decided in 2011 to increase awareness of its activities and to engage with a wider audience on a number of important issues through greater use of new media. This will be in part achieved through the recently launched Twitter account www.twitter.com/FrenchEmbassyZA. CampusFrance South Africa website is live The CampusFrance South Africa website www.southafrica.campusfrance.org is now available online and gives all students currently studying in South Africa information on: - Selecting a study programme - Finding financial aid - Acquiring information on the French education system as well as living costs, finding accommodation, preparing for the stay, etc. - Obtaining a short or long stay student visa The site also focuses on the latest study programmes and available bursaries for studying in France and offers testimonials from students who have completed a part of their studies there. Future Campus France South Africa events are advertised on the site too. In addition, a Campus France agent is available at the Alliances Françaises of Pretoria and Johannesburg to discuss studies in France. The hours of availability are the following : Alliance Française Pretoria : Monday : 14h30 – 18h00 Wednesday : 9h30 – 18h00 Alliance Française Johannesburg : Thursday : 10h00 – 16h00 For more information, or to schedule a meeting with the Campus France agent at either of these Alliances Françaises, please contact : Ms. Elzette Mathys Tel no : 012 425 1721 E-mail : pretoria@campusfrance.org


FEATURE  CampusFrance South Africa


ABOUT CampusFrance CampusFrance, previously named EduFrance, was established in 1998. It is an agency which strives to promote academic exchange through initiating and facilitating cooperation between French tertiary institutions and those based abroad. Dedicated to international academic and scientific mobility, with the aim of increasing the human capital of the countries involved, CampusFrance operates under the oversight and authority of the Foreign- and European Affairs and Higher Education and Research French government departments. The agency has 24 (soon to be 27) branches based across the globe. In addition to the services described above, these centres also present to local students (wanting to operate outside of exchange programmes) who wish to commence or continue their studies in France, assistance with enrolling at a French tertiary institution, applying for visas and bursaries, and other practical advice. For more information: http://www.southafrica.campusfrance.org Elzette Mathys pretoria@campusfrance.org Tel +27 (0)12 425 1721 Tel +27 (0)84 209 0309

Spotlight on S&T in South Africa France bestows the medal of Knight of the National Order of Merit on David Kramer, Head of the Scibono discovery centre On the 21st of July 2011 Ambassador Jacques Lapouge was honoured to welcome David Kramer, his family, friends and colleagues to the Embassy Residence in Pretoria in order to officially bestow upon him the medal of Knight of the National Order of Merit. David Kramer has been the head of the Sci-bono discovery centre in Johannesburg since 2004 and his work in encouraging and supporting science education has been both inspirational and important. In presenting the award Ambassador Lapouge highlighted the significant contribution made by Mr Kramer towards the promotion of Science education in South Africa. He stated that the reason for bestowing the award upon Mr Kramer was the flourishing cooperation between Sci-bono and a number of French scientific institutions during his tenure. This was attested to by the sheer volume of permanent and temporary installations at Sci-bono from France on topics ranging from electricity to HIV/AIDS and even the science of soccer. The full text for Ambassador Lapouge’s speech can be downloaded here.

regardless of gender, nationality or background.

The National Order of Merit was established in 1963, under Charles de Gaulle. It was instated as a unification of a great many national orders across numerous fields, such as trade, tourism and the postal service. The National Order of Merit replaced these many awards with one award, which recognises distinguished individuals

Research and Studies in France @ http://www.ambafrance-rsa.org


Junior Group Leader positions at C3M in Nice, France C3M is a research institute run by the French National Institute for Health and Biomedical Research (INSERM), and the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis. It is a new 4000 sqm building that opened in 2008, and is located within the Nice l’Archet University Hospital. The C3M research Centre, which brings together 140 scientists who conduct fundamental and translational research with strong interactions with medical research, develops its scientific program around three research axes: I. Proliferation, cell death, differentiation and cancer II. Biology of Host/microorganism interactions : III. Metabolic diseases Download the official Call for Applications Visit C3M online Master 2 / LLM in French and European Law Taught in English The University of Cergy-Pontoise (UCP) is a public institution and a leading centre of teaching and research that welcomes over 1,500 international students from 54 different countries out of a total student body of 17,000. In keeping with its efforts to welcome foreign students and to develop international links, the School of Law has created a national Master Degree programme taught in English combined with a University Degree. This programme offers for the very first time to foreign students and professionals who do not speak French the opportunity to acquire an advanced knowledge of French and European Union Law and obtain a national Master Degree and a University Degree. The programme combines a National Master Degree and a specialization University Degree. Students are enrolled in an LL.M/Master Degree in French and European Union Law and choose one specialization among two university degrees: - LL.M. in Business & Taxation Law - LL.M. in Law & Business Ethics Classes and seminars are taught by academics and by practising lawyers or other professionals. Some seminars are taught by and within international firms based in Paris. To ensure quality, the Degree is selective and designed for law students who have a high level of legal studies and a very good command of the English language. For more information, download the programme brochure.

Applications now open for international students at Ecole Polytechnique The Ecole Polytechnique recruits among the best students having completed 2 or 3 years of undergraduate studies in Science or in Engineering. In the first part of the program, general education focuses on multi-disciplinary, in-depth scientific training. During this period the student is required to master at least 6 different subjects from the following : Mathematics, Mechanics, Applied Mathematics, Chemistry, Computer Science, Biology, physics, Economics. In the second part of the programme, students choose a specialisation among a wide range of domains, spanning from theoretical subjects to more applied fields such as Engineering Mechanics, Energies of the 20th Century, Electrical Engineering, Ecosciences, Financial Mathematics, etc. (read…)

News in Science and Technology in France E-Tech France Number 258 – 28/07/2011


Physics - Mathias Fink, an Outstanding Example of an Innovating Scientist On April 27 this year, for the first time the CNRS awarded the Medal of Innovation created by Minister for Higher Education and Research Valerie Pecresse. The purpose of the CNRS was to honor the researchers and engineers working in public research organizations, universities, Grandes Ecoles (the country's top graduate schools) and industry operators developing outstanding innovations. The first Medal of Innovation was given to three renowned researchers, economist Esther Duflo, roboticist Francois Pierrot and physicist Mathias Fink. (read…) ESPCI, the Engineering School of Nobel Laureates, Creates the ESPCI Georges Charpak Foundation Have you ever heard of ESPCI ParisTech? Founded in 1882 by the Paris City Council, the Ecole Superieure de Physique et de Chimie Industrielles de la Ville de Paris (Paris graduate school of industrial physics and chemistry) is now in the lead among French engineering schools according to the Shanghai Academic Ranking, for the third year in a row since 2008. The school is located in the heart of the famous Montagne Sainte-Genevieve neighborhood in Paris that houses an exceptional concentration of gray matter. During its history, the school has hosted some of the greatest French scientists, including 5 Nobel laureates, Pierre and Marie Curie, Paul Langevin, Frederic Joliot-Curie, ... (read…) Evaluation of CEA Nuclear Facilities after Fukushima During the presentation of the - overall positive - 2010 Report on Risk control, CEA Risk Control Hub Director Edwige Bonnevie recalled how CEA (French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission) harnessed all its skills and expertise after the major accident at the Fukushima nuclear power plant, after the earthquake on March 11 this year and the devastating tsunami that followed. "We activated our crisis center for nearly six weeks to contribute to the assessment of the situation and meet requests from the French government, AIEA, the French embassy in Tokyo and the media," she recalled. (read…) ISAE Group Setting a Goal to Bring Together French Aerospace Space Schools The Institut Superieur de l'Aeronautique et de l'Espace (ISAE, Higher Aerospace Institute, est. 2007) is a world reference in higher education and research in aerospace and related systems. ISAE is the outcome of the merge of two Grandes Ecoles (top graduate schools), SUPAERO (est. 1909) and ENSICA (est. 1945). ISAE has a student body of 1,500 and provides very high level graduate programs in engineering (SUPAERO and ENSICA), Master's degrees, Specialized Masters degrees and Ph.Ds, offering a wide range of career opportunities. "We also roll out a very active research policy," ISAE President Olivier Fourure said. (read…) Environmental Research - ALLENVI Publishes First Report ALLENVI, the National Research Alliance for the Environment, was set up on February 9, 2010, at the initiative of Minister for Higher Education and Research Valerie Pecresse. "The environment is a complex system encompassing a very broad field, from agroecology to spatial planning, including the sciences of the sea or climate. Biology, ecology, physical chemistry, applied mathematics, geography, economic and social sciences... Every discipline is involved in environmental sciences," recalled ALLENVI President and CEMAGREF Director General Roger Genet in his introduction. (read…)


COMET Moving Toward a New Generation of Underwater Robots ENSTA Bretagne [1] has scientific responsibility for the COMET project that will officially begin next September and last four years. COMET, which was selected for the eleventh call for projects of the FUI (government agency funding industrial R&D projects), will be developing technologies of groups of autonomous, efficient, low cost underwater robots that are able to accommodate various payloads. For instance, the payload on a swimming pond surveillance robot may be a physical chemistry sensor. For ship wreck exploration, the payload may be a sonar. (read…)

The Scientist, the Rabbit and the Pheromone This could be an apocryphal title for a fable by Jean de la Fontaine. However, it actually accounts for fifteen years in the career of a passionate and fascinating ethologist. During those years, Gerard Coureaud, CNRS research fellow at the Dijon Center for Taste, Food & Nutrition Sciences (CSGA) with the help of his faithful companion, a rabbit, discovered a mammal pheromone, the mammalian pheromone (2M2B) and has not stopped studying it since to uncover all its secrets. He is continuing his research for the VITAGORA accredited MEMOLAP project, which is funded under the Young Scientists call for projects of the French National Research Agency (ANR). (read…) The Food & Nutrition Challenge and Agronomy on the Agenda of the Sixth Pradel Talks On September 15 & 16n 2011, the Sixth Pradel Talks will be held on Olivier de Serres' historic estate, in Ardeche. Organized by the French Association of Agronomy, the talks will be addressing 'The Food & Nutrition Challenge and Agronomy'. After recalling how current food & nutrition challenges impact agronomy and the different agronomy core skills, several issues will be addressed by specialists and debated, with a focus on medium size regional issues. How can we improve the use of agricultural space in rural and peri-urban areas? What are the new organizations of food production basins and how do they work? Can crop yield and product quality be reconciled? What food systems should be fostered on a regional scale? By strengthening the link between new food and nutrition challenges and agronomy, the French Association of Agronomy is marshaling agricultural scientists on a key issue. The answers are of import to society as a whole. (read…) More Info: - Les Entretiens du Pradel - Philippe Prevost - Phone: +33 (0)4 99 61 29 41 - email : prevostp@supagro.inra.fr - Registration and program A New Book on Climate Research - Le climat a decouvert : Outils et methodes en recherche climatique "It is an extraordinary work. You want to delve into it and you can do so from practically any subject matter," CNRS President Alain Fuchs exclaimed. He recalled that the idea for a book called Le climat a decouvert : outils et methodes en recherche climatique (loosely translated as 'Open Climate: tools and methods in climate research) written under the supervision of Catherine Jeandel and Remy Mosseri and published by Editions du CNRS, was hatched in the spring of 2010 during an ongoing controversy bordering on a polemic, and after climatology researchers' appeal saying that the polemic "was getting out of hand". (read…)


* CONTACT DETAILS * For more information, contact Mr. Vincent BARON, AttachĂŠ for Science and Technology Service for Cooperation and Cultural Action of the Embassy of France at: Tel: +27 (0)12 425 1710 | Fax: +27 (0)12 425 1719 Email : vincent.baron@diplomatie.gouv.fr

SciTech Watch Launch Edition  

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