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

  • A look back on the fourth edition of the French-American Doctoral Exchange (FADEx) Program

    The fourth edition of the FADEx program was held in France from July 4 to July 8, 2016, with the support of Inria, CNRS, Société Informatique de France (SIF) and three “laboratoires d’excellence” (LabEx) established from the “Programme Investissements d’Avenir” (PIA). The FADEx program was created in 2014 by the Office for Science and Technology of the Embassy of France in the United States. It aims to enhance scientific exchanges between American and French PhD students working in the same field of research in order to encourage the development of French-American collaborations. This program also serves as an opportunity for American students to better understand the French research system. This edition focused on cyber-physical systems.

  • Thomas Pesquet’s First Spacewalk

    Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve was at the Toulouse Space Centre today to watch Thomas Pesquet’s spacewalk live, the fourth by a French astronaut and the first for 15 years.

  • France-United States Space Cooperation: A great record and great prospects ahead

    Monday 19 December, CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall was in Washington D.C. to present recent French and European space policy advances to the US space community. He also took the opportunity to underscore CNES’s cooperative ties with NASA and NOAA, notably in the historic domains of oceanography and robotic exploration of Mars, and to affirm the agency’s desire to pursue this exceptional partnership.

  • GALILEO Goes Live

    Galileo, the European global satellite navigation system, is ready to be used. With 18 Galileo satellites in orbit, supporting ground infrastructure, and after an extensive testing period, Galileo Initial Services are now available for public authorities, businesses and citizens. The first services offered by Galileo include the Open Service, the Public Regulated Service and the Search and Rescue Service.

  • 76th straight success for Ariane 5

    Wednesday 21 December, Ariane 5 completed a flawless launch from Europe’s spaceport at the Guiana Space Centre, orbiting two telecommunications satellites, StarOne D1 for the operator EMBRATEL and JCSAT-15 for the operator JSAT Corporation (SKY Perfect JSAT). The flight marked the European launcher’s 76th straight success since 2003.

  • Renewal of the cooperation agreement between the University of Chicago and the Collège de France

    On December 8, 2016, the University of Chicago and the Collège de France renewed their 2006 partnership. Over the last ten years, this agreement has already initiated strong collaborations between the two institutions, especially the invitation of several scholars from each institution, like Pierre-Michel Menger, Alain Prochiantz, and more recently Hughes de Thé from the Collège de France, in 2016.

  • The Transatlantic Friendship and Mobility Initiative 2016 Awards

    The Embassy of France has partnered with APLU and NAFSA to issue a call for projects aimed at increasing and diversifying study in France opportunities, and at identifying American colleges and universities that are willing and able to leverage institutional commitment to the goals of the Transatlantic Friendship and Mobility Initiative.

  • YO! Young scientists make waves in Marrakech to get a bluer COP.

    Young scientists from YO! were at the Marrakech Climate change Conference from 7 to 18 November 2016: they shared their knowledge on the links between ocean and climate, promoted existing solutions and strengthened the international cooperation on this issue.

  • Lucerne ministerial conference Success of spacefaring Europe assured!

    The ministerial conference of the European Space Agency (ESA) was held in Lucerne, Switzerland, on Thursday 1 and Friday 2 December. France, represented by Thierry Mandon, Secretary of State for Higher Education and Research, convinced the other member states to sign up to the ambitious programme proposed by ESA in order to maintain Europe’s leading role in space exploration.

  • 75th straight success for Ariane 5 to launch four new Galileo satellites in orbit

    Thursday 17 November, Ariane 5 completed a flawless launch from Europe’s spaceport at the Guiana Space Centre, orbiting the 15th, 16th, 17th and 18th satellites for the European Galileo satellite navigation programme. Ultimately, Galileo will offer much greater precision and reliability than any other satellite navigation system in the world. The flight marked the European launcher’s 75th straight success since 2003.