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Recent scientific news from France, or related to France and the USA, about discoveries, research policy and organizations.

  • A PhD fellowship adventure in Bordeaux: Chateaubriand STEM

    Alexandria earned in 2015 her Ph.D. in Plant Biology from the University of California Riverside, where as a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, she studied chaparral and coastal sage scrub responses to environmental change using hydraulics. In 2013, she was awarded with a Chateaubriand STEM fellowship, offered by the Office for Science & Technology (OST) of the Embassy of France in Washington, DC in partnership with French research organizations such as CNRS, Inria and Inserm and the National Science Foundation (NSF).

  • France-United States space cooperation - Curiosity celebrates two Mars years of roving

    The Curiosity rover is celebrating its second Mars year on the surface of the Red Planet, almost four Earth years since touching down on 6 August 2012. It remains in good health and all of its instruments are working well. After driving 13 kilometres through Gale Crater, the rover is now scaling the layered sedimentary terrain on the lower slopes of Mount Sharp, which peaks at 5 kilometres above the base of the crater.

  • New Delhi Declaration comes into effect - World’s space agencies working to tackle climate change

    The New Delhi Declaration officially came into effect Monday 16 May, translating the intent of the world’s space agencies to support the Paris Agreement reached at the COP21 climate conference. This declaration is a first, having achieved consensus across the global space community. More than 60 nations have signed up to work together to establish an international, independent system for estimating and curbing global greenhouse gas emissions based on accepted data.

  • Michael Watkins to succeed Charles Elachi at JPL

    Charles Elachi’s successor has just been announced: Michael Watkins, director of the Center for Space Research at The University of Texas at Austin and chair Cockrell School of Engineering. He officially begins his duties as director of JPL and Vice-President of the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) on July 1, 2016.

  • Colbert High School’s Impressive Participation in RoboGames

    The Office for Science and Technology at the Embassy of France in the United States supported a class of 35 students from Colbert High School in Lorient, who competed in RoboGames, a robotics competition, held this year from April 8 to 10 in Pleasanton, California.

  • OST 2015 Activity Report

    Through its various offices in the US, the broad spectrum of topics covered, and the various programs it implements, the OST is at the service of French science and technology institutions: research organizations, universities and schools, technology transfer centers, industry, scientific community abroad. The OST is at the heart of the Embassy of France’s strategy that follows the three major priorities of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs: diplomacy of influence, scientific diplomacy and economic diplomacy.

  • French Tech Los Angeles has been launched!

    After having already set up camp in New York, San Francisco, London,Tel Aviv, Tokyo and Hong Kong, the start-up network known as French Tech Hubs has finally reached the shores of sunny Silicon Beach. A reception was held on April 20, 2016 to announce the launch French Tech Los Angeles whose objective is to develop a local, business-friendly ecosystem to bolster the presence of French entrepreneurs and startups in the Southern Californian tech market.

  • French-American CALIPSO Mission : 10 Years Analyzing Clouds and Aerosols

    Ten years ago to the day, on April 28, 2006, the French-American CALIPSO satellite was sent aloft from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, atop a Delta II launcher to take up its place in the A-Train constellation. With CALIPSO set to celebrate 10 years of science measurements this June, it is time to reflect on a mission that has yielded a wealth of data offering new insights into the workings of Earth’s climate system.