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The Office for Science and Technology at the Consulate of France in Los Angeles publishes a monthly newsletter in English, which contains news about local scientific community but also news from french scientific community. You will also find a directory of french scientist in the region and an agenda of scientific conferences in Southern California, Arizona and Colorado.

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  • Los Angeles S&T Newsletter #70 – January 2016

    In the spirit of the holiday season, these French and American scientists gave us the gifts of their great scientific discoveries this past month! We’ve saved the best for last: so light the fireplace, grab some chocolat chaud and read about the last discoveries of 2015 and the wonderful scientific events that will usher in the New Year!

  • Los Angeles S&T Newsletter #69 – December 2015

    November is always the busiest time for Universities, when professors and students alike are deluged by end-of-the-semester work. However, the extraordinary scientists that brought you this past months research findings did not let final exams stop them! We invite you to also read about the upcoming scientific events in December.

    We, at the Office of Science and Technology, would also like to give a warm welcome to our new Deputy Attaché for Science and Technology, Gabrielle Mérite. We are very excited to have her on board, and we are sure that you will enjoy the great scientific content she will bring!

  • Los Angeles S&T Newsletter #68 – November 2015

    This past month has brought us a slew of new developments in the world of science and technology, and November will surely bring even more! This, in addition to the many scientific events happening in November, are reason enough to be thankful this Thanksgiving.

  • Los Angeles S&T Newsletter #67 – October 2015

    As universities around the nation are getting into the swing of things, we at the Office for Science and Technology would like to share this term’s first batch of scientific discoveries. We hope that you also take the opportunity to attend any of the wonderful events taking place this October.

    GloSho 2015 - The Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) is a Los Angeles-based business incubator that helps local firms reduce their environmental impact through the development of cleantech. LACI will be throwing its Cleatech Global Showcase (GloSho’15) on October 21-22, 2015. The third annual GloSho will be attended by professionals and experts involved with the cleantech industry. LACI also recently opened its brand new La Kretz Innovation Campus in the bustling Arts District of Downtown LA. This 60,000 square foot facility is equipped with LADWP laboratories among other resources to best facilitate the development of cleantech in our city.

    To learn more about LACI, please visit: http://laincubator.org/
    More information on the GloSho’15 can be found at: http://glosho.la/
    For more about LACI’s new La Kretz Innovation Campus, please visit: http://laincubator.org/la-kretz-innovation-campus/

    On September 17-18, 2015, the University of California in San Diego (UCSD) hosted a kick-off meeting of the new CNRS French-American International Associated Laboratory (Laboratoire International Associé - LIA) on nanoelectronics with the Université Paris-Sud and the Université de Lorraine. This LIA was officially inaugurated by the Consul General of France in Los Angeles, Mr. Christophe Lemoine. After a decade-long collaboration between three main scientists (Eric Fullerton - UCSD, Dafiné Ravelosona - Université Paris-Sud, Stéphane Mangin - Université de Lorraine), multiple achievements and a successful Partner University Fund project, a new milestone has been reached with this "laboratory without walls". The two-day kick-off meeting gathered key leaders from both countries and was dedicated to fostering further French-American collaborations in research and education.

    We at the Office for Science and Technology are saying goodbye to our Deputy Attaché, Viviane Chansavang, who has been with us for two years. She will be missed, but we wish her the very best of luck in her future endeavors back in France!

  • Los Angeles S&T Newsletter #66 – September 2015

    Although the end of summer is slowly approaching, we at the Office for Science and Technology are looking forward to what the upcoming academic year has in store. We would like to recap on the summer’s last batch of remarkable research and inform you about some of the exciting events kicking off the new school year.

    Professor Christian Guilleminault - We are very excited to announce that French scientist, Dr. Christian Guilleminault, of Stanford University, will be receiving the AAMS Hippocrates Award for Contribution to Medicine with Myofunctional Therapy at the very first Congress of the Academy of Applied Myofunctional Sciences (AAMS), which will be taking place on September 9-13, 2015, at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles. In addition, our compatriot will participate in three panel discussions and deliver a keynote address at the Congress. As one of the pioneers of the field of sleep medicine, Dr. Guilleminault is also the field’s most published and cited researcher and on the Advisory Board of the AAMS. We congratulate Professor Guilleminault on his great accomplishment and on his wonderful contributions to the world of sleep medicine. To read the full article, please follow this link.

    Paris French Tech Ticket program launch: grow your startup in France! Only few more days to get your ticket to Paris and launch your start-up in a unique tech ecosystem. Deadline for applications is September 15th, first laureates should be in France as soon as January 2016. France has decided to expand its French Tech initiative by launching the Paris French Tech Ticket program to attract foreign investors interested in creating or expanding their startups in Paris. For more information about the program (eligibility criteria, calendar of events, partner incubators) visit the French Tech Ticket website.

    2015 "Life Sciences: inventing - creating - having fun" – The Office for Science and Technology of the Consulate general of France in Los Angeles would like to wish good luck to the 8 French teams who have been selected to receive a "Life Sciences" grant to participate in iGEM (international Genetically Engineered Machine), a synthetic biology competition hosted in Boston, MA. On September 24-28, 2015, they will attend a Jamboree at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, among 270 teams from all over the world, to present their project and all the work they have accomplished in the past 6 months. For more information about the teams, please follow this link.

    GloSho 2015 - The LACI Cleantech Global Showcase is back ! (GloSho’15): the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) is business incubator that specializes in developing clean technology for businesses in Los Angeles. LACI recently reached a major milestone upon establishing their new La Kretz Innovation Campus. This 60,000 square foot building is located in the Arts District of Downtown Los Angeles, and is equipped with newly renovated spaces and access to LADWP laboratories to best help its members support cleantech development in Los Angeles. LACI will also be hosting its third annual Cleantech Global Showcase (GloSho’15) on October 21-22, 2015, which will be attended by cleantech industry professionals and experts. For more information on the GloSho’15, please visit: http://glosho.la/

    We would also like to welcome Freddie Papazyan as our new intern at the Office for Science and Technology in Los Angeles. Freddie is a senior at the University of Southern California and an avid francophile who spent a semester last year studying at SciencesPo Paris.

  • Los Angeles S&T Newsletter #65 - August 2015

    On behalf of the Office for Science and Technology, we would like to invite you to attend the events listed in this newsletter as well as explore scientific news and advances that occurred this past July. August brings numerous upcoming programs and events.

    Bastille Day – This past July 14th, the newly-appointed Consul General of France in Los Angeles, Mr. Christophe Lemoine, hosted the annual Bastille Day celebration. The Consul General welcomed almost 500 guests to his residence in Beverly Hills, some of them being guests of the Office of Science and Technology. The accumulation of so many scientific minds devoted to strengthening our Franco-American scientific relationship illustrates the fruitful future the relationship has. In addition to celebrating the French national holiday, this event was perfect for welcoming the new Consul General and we, at the Office of Science and Technology, are thrilled to begin working with him at the Consulate.

    33entrepreneurs – On July 27th, 2015, 33entrepreneurs, an open startup accelerator and a global seed fund, made a stop in Los Angeles during their tour across North America for a Startup Contest. Hosted by the Consul General of France in Los Angeles, and with the support of the Office for Science and Technology and the French Accelerator, twelve start-ups competed for the chance to pursue their entrepreneurial goals and earn a ticket to two global leading conferences (Bon Appétech for Wine + Food & Beverages Tech startups in San Francisco, CA, and Phocuswright for Travel Tech startups in Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood, FL). By making short and effective pitches to a group of judges, these start-ups are focused on changing the world of Travel, Food, Wine, and Sprit industries. The gathering at the Consul General’s Residence drew 150 guests, due to the close proximity to Silicon Beach, Los Angeles’ emerging technology scene. The event was a great success, ending with the selection of three start-ups: Hertzbier, Industry, and Bucket, we wish them congratulations and the best of luck in their future endeavors. For more information about 33entrepreneurs and its mission, follow this link and watch this video.

    Scientific Bulletin – To all of our French and American Francophone readers, the Office of Science and Technology of the Embassy of France in the United States has a Scientific Bulletin that we invite you to perouse. It contains weekly updates regarding scientific and technological advances and scientific politics in the United States.

    Lastly, this will be Gwen Calais-Haase’s last newsletter. Gwen has been interning with us at the Office for Science and Technology in Los Angeles for the past four months and we are very thankful of her precious help. She will be flying out to Paris very shortly to pursue her studies in political sciences for a semester. We wish her all the best for her trip to France!

    The Office of Science and Technology wishes you a relaxing end to your summer!

  • Los Angeles S&T Newsletter #64 - July 2015

    On behalf of the Office for Science and Technology, we would like to invite you to the following events happening this July.

    FACTS DenverFACTS Denver took place at MSU Denver on June 24 and was a huge success. The conference was the first French Ameri-Can Climate TalkS (FACTS) conference of 2015 in the United States and drew many attendees, all of which were involved and concerned with the issues discussed at the conference, all pertaining to climate change and the impacts on health and quality of life. High quality speakers and compelling discussions contributed to the conference’s success, and a video of the conference is available online for those who were not able to attend or would like to review the progress that was made. We thank all who attended and contributed to the conference and look forward to the United Nations Climate Change Conference, the COP 21-Paris Climate 2015, hosted in France this December 2015, that the FACTS public conference series is helping build up to.

    Summer School in Lyon – The Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1 is organizing a program from September 7th to 25th for Undergraduate students to explore nutrition, health and cognitive processes in food choices. What better place is there to learn about food than in France, with field trips that let students taste French gastronomy and learn about the French culinary art. Registration ends on July 20th, 2015, so don’t miss your chance to explore one of the most gastronomically famous countries with fellow students.

    "Life Sciences: inventing - creating - having fun" 2015 Laureates – The Office for Science and Technology of the Consulate general of France in Los Angeles would like to announce the "Life Sciences" grant 2015 laureates. This grant has been offered since 2012 in order to support French teams who participate in American competitions in life sciences, and the other way around. Following the call for projects launched in February 2015, 8 teams from France were selected to receive this grant: Aix-Marseille, Bordeaux, Evry, IONIS, Paris-Bettencourt, Paris-Saclay, Pasteur_Paris and Toulouse. They are all participating in the synthetic biology competition hosted in Boston, iGEM (international Genetically Engineered Machine). Congratulations to them and good luck on their project!

    Bulletin de veille Science, Technologie et Innovation – To all of our French and American Francophone readers, the Office for Science and Technology of the Embassy of France in the United States has a Scientific Bulletin that we invite you to perouse. It contains weekly updates regarding scientific and technological advances and scientific politics in the United States. You can either have a look at it online or even subscribe to receive it weekly.

    Lastly, we here at the Office of Science and Technology would like to wish you a happy and relaxing summer break! Bonnes vacances à tous!

    Visit the website of the Office for Science and Technology at the Consulate General of France in Los Angeles to explore in detail our activities and events as they occur in July.

  • Los Angeles S&T Newsletter #63 - June 2015

    The Office for Science and Technology would like to wish our readers a happy summer, but fear not, there are no vacations in science. Once again we have for you upcoming events, programs, and funds occurring in June to look through and attend. We hope you find them as interesting and valuable as we do!

    FACTS Denver – Registration is now open to reserve seats at FACTS Denver to all who wish to attend. On June 24th, 2015 the French Ameri-Can Climate TalkS (FACTS) will be traveling to Denver to hold a conference highlighting climate change’s effects on health and the quality of life from the perspectives of France and Colorado. Held at MSU Denver, the conference will welcome a variety of speakers and panelists to discuss the issue in detail, with a special emphasis on water as well as new emerging diseases. FACTS Denver and several other similar conferences around the United States and Canada are building up to the United Nations Climate Change Conference, the COP 21-Paris Climate 2015, hosted in France this December 2015. Find more details and information regarding registration here and follow this link to reserve a seat through Eventbrite.

    FR-US Networking Event in Science & Technology – On May 11, 2015, the Consul general of France in Los Angeles graciously hosted a French-American Networking Event in Science and Technology aimed at assembling and honoring scientific alumni advancing Franco-American scientific research efforts. This event in Los Angeles was a huge success, with the attendance of all scientific attachés and representatives of French research organizations. Consul general Axel Cruau and Counselor for Science and Technology for the Embassy of France in the US Minh-Hà Pham spoke about the importance of such scientific collaboration. We thank all attendees for their work between our two countries.

    La French Tech – For France to become a digital nation, the government has started a program to promote and help French start-ups expand and mature. This program also aims to internationalize French start-ups and increase the international appeal of French Tech by uniting French start-ups in entrepreneurial hubs all over the world. In this way French Tech Hubs help start-ups expand into the international market, forming an international network. Coming up in June in our district are meetings to evaluate French presence in innovative ecosystems in metropolitan areas. If you would like to attend or participate in a meeting please follow this link.

    Visit the website for the Office for Science and Technology at the Consulate General of France in Los Angeles to explore in detail our activities and events as they occur in June.

  • Los Angeles S&T Newsletter #62 - May 2015

    The Office for Science and Technology would like to continue spreading the word about exciting scientific news and advancements with this May newsletter. Please explore the following newsletter to find upcoming events, programs, and funds this May. As you will see, April proved to be another great month in terms of scientific achievement and events.

    Deadline: May 27, 2015 – We are pleased to announce the launch of the 10th edition of the Young Enterprise initiative (YEi Start in France), an accelerator program designed to help American entrepreneurs start and grow their business in France and Europe. This initiative offers to promising startups across the United States training sessions in the U.S. and in Paris on how to do business in France, as well as an immersion week in France for the overall winners. This week includes personalized business connection and meetings fitted to the needs of the startups and access to the best French resources (competitive clusters, large research infrastructures, etc.). For more information, visit the program website and applications to the competition are now open here. The deadline to apply is May 27, 2015.

    FACTS Denver – On June 24th, 2015, the French Ameri-Can Climate TalkS (FACTS) will be traveling to Denver to hold a conference highlighting climate change’s effects on health and the quality of life from the perspectives of France and Colorado. Held at MSU Denver, the conference will welcome a variety of speakers and panelists to discuss the issue in detail, with a special emphasis on water as well as new emerging diseases. Local and French scientists and professionals will come together in Denver to explore these effects of climate change, with the goal of bringing public opinion to light. FACTS Denver and several other similar conferences around the United States and Canada are building up to the United Nations Climate Change Conference, the COP 21-Paris Climate 2015, hosted in France this December 2015. Find more details here.

    Visit the website of the Office for Science and Technology at the Consulate General of France in Los Angeles to explore our activities and events as they occur in May.

    Lastly, but certainly not least, we would like to say goodbye to Mandy Majidian who was an intern for the Office for Science and Technology at the Consulate General of France in Los Angeles from October 2014 to April 2015. Mandy was a great member of our team and we are sad to see her leave. We thank her for all of her help and wish her the best of luck with the MCAT and medical school. Come back and visit us soon!
    We wish to give a warm welcome to Gwen Calais-Haase, a sophomore at UCLA, who will be taking over Mandy.

  • Los Angeles S&T Newsletter #61 - April 2015

    The Office for Science and Technology invites you to read about exciting scientific events and recent discoveries in this April newsletter! Please peruse (and apply for!) the following projects:

    April 19, 2015 - The deadline for the 2015 LIFE SCIENCES: inventing - creating - having fun is quickly approaching! Spread the word to people interested in Life Sciences AND who would love to collaborate with French and American Scientists. If you know anyone who would be perfect for this program (or if that person happens to be you!) consider applying here. This program is funded by the Office for Science and Technology and the last call for projects is April 19, 2015. Through this program, the OST hopes to encourage students and researchers to involve themselves in Life Science, foster international scientific relations, and promote Franco-American research collaborations. Apply today!

    May 27, 2015 - The Young Entreprise initiative, founded in 2006, is an accelerator aimed at aiding the success and growth of businesses in France and the rest of Europe. The laureates will be thoroughly trained in Boston and Paris, followed by a week in France where you will be put in contact with MANY valuable connections. This is such an important opportunity for the success of startup companies! The only criteria are that you company must have less than 30 employees and make less than $2 million in annual revenue. For more information and to apply, click here.