France Atlanta 2020

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An annual French-American event series designed to foster transatlantic cooperation centered on innovation in science, culture, humanitarian affairs and business











Georgia Institute of Technology are pleased to present the 2020 edition of France-Atlanta. In an effort to respect public health guidelines, this year’s events will be held virtually.

Since 2010, this annual event series has fostered FrenchAmerican








science, business, culture, and humanitarian affairs. In the face of today’s global challenges, France-Atlanta 2020 celebrates







collaboration in our interconnected world.

The 11th edition of France-Atlanta is presented under the high auspices of the Ambassador of France to the United States, His Excellency Mr. Philippe Etienne; the Governor of Georgia, the Honorable Brian P. Kemp; and the Mayor of Atlanta, the Honorable Keisha Lance Bottoms, with the support of French and French-American associations in Atlanta and numerous local and international partners.

We hope you enjoy this year’s program.

Vincent Hommeril

Ángel Cabrera, Ph.D.

Consul General of France in Atlanta

President, Georgia Institute of Technology



BUSINESS | Invest in France & Georgia Post-COVID-19

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BUSINESS | Transatlantic Business Trends Webinar Series

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BUSINESS | Impacting the Future Healthcare Landscape

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SCIENCE & BUSINESS | Transatlantic Tech Perspectives

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SCIENCE & CULTURE | The Ethical Management of AI

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CULTURE |Â A Conversation: Les Abattoirs & Atlanta Contemporary

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CULTURE | Machines of Loving Graces

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CULTURE | New MississippiS

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HUMANITARIAN | Education Series

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HUMANITARIAN | Global Vaccine Disruption



INVEST IN FRANCE & GEORGIA POST COVID-19 Opportunities and new challenges Are you planning your business expansion post-COVID-19? Are you wondering what opportunities in France and in Georgia could benefit your business? During this webinar, co-organized by the French-American Chamber of Commerce ‑ Atlanta and Business France, economic and business experts from France and Georgia will share resources, tools and best practices for doing business internationally. The topics to be covered include a comparison between France and Georgia, government grant and tax incentive programs, export and investment opportunities, go-to-market strategies, and more. We will give you the toolkit to succeed on both sides of the Atlantic and beyond! This event is co-organized by the French-American Chamber of Commerce - Atlanta, Business France, and the Mayor's Office of International Affairs of the City of Atlanta.

October 13, 9:00 a.m.



TRANSATLANTIC BUSINESS TRENDS Webinar series The French Foreign Trade Advisors for the U.S. Southeast are hosting a series of webinars on major transatlantic trends, showcasing experts from both France and the United States. The webinars will focus on the impact of the health and economic crisis due to COVID-19 on several key sectors including education (particularly distance learning), capital investment, agri-business, smart cities, and more. Â

Nominated by the French Prime Minister by official decree, French Foreign Trade Advisors are members of a network of 4,000+ business leaders who share their business experience, on a voluntary basis, to contribute to the development of France.

October 20-22, 11:00 a.m.



IMPACTING THE FUTURE HEALTHCARE LANDSCAPE A virtual discussion with Dr. Bruce Lavin, Chief Medical Officer at BioSerenity Access to quality healthcare remains a challenge complicated by mounting pressures to control costs and, as we are now witnessing, by the unprecedented strain placed on our healthcare delivery systems due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Challenges in healthcare access have driven a need for innovative approaches to ensure connectivity between patients and health providers. During this event, Dr. Bruce S. Lavin, Chief Medical Officer at BioSerenity, will discuss how BioSerenity – which began as a French-based digital diagnostics textile startup – based its Americas headquarters and operations in Atlanta and created a holistic digital healthcare solution for patients with chronic diseases.

This event is organized by the French-American Chamber of Commerce - Atlanta.

October 27, 11:00 a.m.



TRANSATLANTIC T C RS CTI S Transformative French Tech communities in the Southeast Atlanta’s entrepreneurial ecosystem has grown exponentially in recent years, particularly in the fields of healthcare, fintech, and digital security and entertainment, among others. Not only is Atlanta home to multiple Fortune 500 companies and the world’s busiest airport, the city and more generally, the U.S. Southeast offer multiple advantages to entrepreneurs through a unique network of universities, incubators, accelerators, mentors, and venture capital. As France continues to rise as home to one the most competitive entrepreneurial platforms in Europe and the world, synergies between France and the Southeast are crucial for fostering a new generation of transatlantic tech innovators that will lead and shape the future. In this context, French Tech communities will definitely play a key role in creating cooperation channels between France and the region. This event is organized by the Office for Science and Technology of the Embassy of France in the United States and the French-American Chamber of Commerce Atlanta, with the support of the community of French and Francophile tech entrepreneurs in Atlanta.

October 29, 9:00 a.m.



THE ETHICAL MANAGEMENT OF ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE A French/American dialogue on privacy, trust and human oversight in health and well-being Artificial intelligence (AI) models are now capable of collecting and analyzing enormously large databases in ways that are challenging fundamental values claimed in Europe and the United States. Throughout their lifecycle, AI programs and algorithms – which are full of promises of increased productivity, efficiency, and quality time; and conceived as an assistant, a peer, a manager, or even as a friend – might be so revolutionary that no one, regardless of whether they are consumers, citizens, operators or stakeholders, will remain unaffected. Nonetheless, AI empowers the machine to such a point that it may jeopardize what is to be human compared to a machine, what it is to have free choice and even what it is to play a role in society. France, the European Union and the United States have not yet clearly defined the approaches they will take to address these ethical issues. The governments are, in 2020, still considering options to maximize the potential of AI and big data while mitigating ethical dilemmas. This event is co-organized by the Office for Science and Technology of the Embassy of France in the United States and the Atlanta Office of the Cultural Services of the Embassy of France in the United States.

November 9-10, 8:45 a.m.


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A CONVERSATION BETWEEN SISTER CITIES Les Abattoirs and Atlanta Contemporary Atlanta Contemporary and Les Abattoirs in Toulouse, France will partner for a dynamic conversation between their respective executive directors: Veronica Kessenich and Annabelle Ténèze. The conversation will center on how the two directors steward their organizations through these unprecedented times, with a focus on the relevance of promoting contemporary art and artists during COVID-19. In addition, the two women will speak to how their organizations navigate the importance of gender equity and addressing racism and inequality. This event will also provide an opportunity to further promote friendship and cultural understanding between Atlanta and Toulouse, which have been sister cities since 1974.

This event is co-organized by Atlanta Contemporary, Les Abattoirs, Musée - Frac Occitanie Toulouse, the Atlanta Office of the Cultural Services of the Embassy of France in the United States, the City of Toulouse and the Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs of the City of Atlanta.

October 8, 12:30 p.m.



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MACHINES OF LOVING GRACES Creation & creativity between humans & machines All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace is a 1967 poem by Richard Brautigan that describes the peaceful and harmonious cohabitation of humans and computers. Fifty years later – following the technological revolutions brought about by the internet, big data, cloud computing and deep learning – Brautigan's vision resonates singularly. It compels us to rethink our interactions with machines, even in regards to the intimate act of artistic creation. In collaboration with its American partners, France’s Institute for Research and Coordination in Acoustics/Music (IRCAM) invites participants to discover some remarkable examples of possible artistic relationships between humans and computers during two seminars featuring researchers and artists who are building this new deal.

This event is organized by IRCAM - the Institute for Research and Coordination in Acoustics/Music - and the STMS lab (The French National Centre for Scientific Research, the Ministry of Culture and Sorbonne University), in collaboration with Georgia Tech’s School of Music, NYU Steinhardt - Music Education, the UC Berkeley Center for New Music and Audio Technologies, and the Atlanta Office of the Cultural Services of the Embassy of France in the United States.

Virtual exhibition: October 12-18 Seminars: October 14-15, 11:00 a.m.



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NEW MISSISSIPPIS Some situated stories on contemporary ecologies In these times of planetary troubles, works of art and artistic archives can help us to tell historically situated and pluralized stories about contemporary ecological issues. Using the Southern part of the Mississippi River as an emblem of the markers of environmental problems, the project New MississippiS addresses the intersection between exploitation, ecologies, and people in two locales in the American South. This project is a digital and artistic reading of multiple museums’ archives and collections. It is placed in dialogue with the outdoor installation Landscape Symphonies and the gallery exhibition From Black Spring to the Eternal presented at the Clark Atlanta University Art Museum. In this multi-sited project, ecologies is examined in terms of its literal and symbolic meanings. The specific materials utilized include: recordings of an international cultural institution’s project along the River; archives of a local historical museum in Mississippi; relevant readings of the Southern writers William Faulkner, Margaret Walker, and Richard Wright; and selected works from collections at historically black institutions in Georgia and Mississippi. This event is organized by the Clark Atlanta University Art Museum, Jackson State University’s Margaret Walker Center, Augusta University and the Lighthouse Company with the support of the Atlanta Office of the Cultural Services of the Embassy of France in the United States and FACE Contemporary Theater.

Webinar: November 5, TBC Online public workshops: Spring 2021




Teaching students about humanitarian work in the Francophone world Representatives from Atlanta non-governmental and humanitarian organizations who use the French language in their profession will talk with area high school and university French classes about field work in the Caribbean, West and North Africa, parts of Asia and other regions. The online presentations will give students a broader understanding of humanitarian affairs and showcase how learning a second language opens exciting career paths at home and abroad. French is the world’s sixth most spoken language. Participants from organizations such as the Peace Corps, the Carter Center, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will talk about their time among the globe’s diverse Francophone regions, which are home to more than 220 million French speakers. This program is organized by the Consulate General of France in Atlanta and the Cultural Services of the Embassy of France in the United States, in partnership with Georgia State University’s Center for Urban Language Teaching and Research and participating nonprofit and humanitarian organizations.

October 19-23




Ensuring equitable access in the era of COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has shifted attention and resources away from essential and emergency public health services, including immunization programs addressing other infectious diseases like polio, measles and tuberculosis. This suggests that the COVID-19 pandemic will have a broad and long-lasting public health impact across a spectrum of diseases, particularly in regards to vulnerable populations and humanitarian hotspots. During this free online event, French and American NGOs and health experts will discuss the challenges faced by governments and organizations in today’s difficult economic context as they seek to respond to COVID-19 while also addressing other public health issues.

This event is co-organized by the Consulate General of France in Atlanta, Emory University’s Center for Humanitarian Emergencies, Emory University’s Office of Global Strategy and Initiatives, and the Georgia Tech Center for Health and Humanitarian Systems.

October 16, 10:00 a.m.


BECOME A FRANCE-ATLANTA SPONSOR Since 2010, France-Atlanta has breathed new life into the FrenchAmerican relationship in the U.S. Southeast, bringing together over 3,000 participants every year.

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, France-Atlanta relies on the generous support of sponsors to continue to showcase the best of transatlantic cooperation between France and the Southeast in the realms of science, culture, business and humanitarian affairs.

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visionaries and other contributors from France and the United States. Because you believe that global exchange is the key to the future. Because






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