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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 #60 - March 2015

    In this March newsletter, you’ll find that a lot of amazing and interesting scientific advancements have been made in the past few months. It is our pleasure at the Office for Science and Technology to keep you up to date on those advancements and continue to feed your love of science!

    Café des Sciences – On February 25, Pasadena’s first Café des Sciences took place thanks to the co-organization of the Alliance Française de Pasadena, the Office for Science and Technology of the Consulate General of France in Los Angeles, and Caltech. We look forward to having many more Cafés and events with the Alliance Française in the future and hope that this Café was informative about Franco-American space collaborations! To stay up to date with Pasadena’s Alliance Française, visit their website here.

    March 26-28 - The Charlie Foundation for Ketogenic Therapies and Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Los Angeles are organizing a three-day summit (Epilepsy Summit 2015) around 2 major topics - “End Epilepsy – Diagnosis, Treatment & Cures” and “Dietary Therapies – Initiation and Management”. The first two days (March 26-27) are for physicians and other healthcare professionals while the third day (March 28) is for people with epilepsy and their loved ones at the Manhattan Beach Marriott Hotel. Over 40 international experts, including Dr. Charlotte Dravet and Dr. Patrick Chauvel from France, will present on the importance of accurate diagnosis to guide treatment choices, highlight ketogenic diet therapies, and provide other treatment updates - from anti-seizure medications to neuromodulation to surgery. Early bird registration is available until Friday, March 20, 2015. More information at http://epilepsysummitla.org/.

    April 19, 2015 - If you are interested in the Life Sciences AND want to collaborate with French and American scientists, consider applying for the “Life Sciences: inventing – creating – having fun 2015”. 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!

  • Los Angeles S&T Newsletter #59 - February 2015

    The Office for Science and Technology at the Consulate General of France in Los Angeles would like to invite you to the following events happening this February! This month, we have a lot of upcoming deadlines for applications, programs, and funds. Apply today!

    February 25, 2015 - Save The Date! – The Office for Science and Technology of the Consulate General of France in Los Angeles and the Alliance Française of Pasadena are co-organizing, with Caltech’s support, a Café des Sciences. This seminar will take place February 25, 2015 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM in the Hameetman Auditorium of the Cahill Center at Caltech. Professor Lognonné and Doctor Banerdt will be presenting the project InSight. We hope to see you there to learn more about Franco-American space collaborations! RSVP by sending an email to afdepasadena@earthlink.net.

    Did you study abroad in France? If so, and if you would like to join a France Alumni network, you’re in luck! On November 26, 2014, Laurent Fabius (Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development) and Geneviève Fioraso (Secretary of State for Higher Education and Research) launched francealumni.fr, a website aimed at keeping former students linked to France. The site is operated by Campus France with the goals of not only keeping students informed about France, but is also an opportunity for the international development of French businesses and universities. Effectively, keeping previous alumni connected will facilitate new economic and academic partnerships with these former students. To join the French Alumni network or to just learn more, click here.

    February 15, 2015!! The Partner University Fund application deadline is approaching! This fund, collaborating between the French government, American private donors, and the FACE Foundation, supports research partnerships in all disciplines between two or more American and French institutions. More information on the details of the grant can be found at http://www.france-science.org/Call-for-Partner-University-Fund,2857.html.

    February 28, 2015!! On Saturday, February 28, Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona is hosting a Symposium: From Molecules to Mind from 9 AM - 1 PM. The symposium will feature many prominent speakers such as Jean-Pierre Changeux (Pasteur Institute), Alcino Silva (UCLA), Larry Swanson (USC), and Gary Lynch (UCI). For more information, click here.

    February 28, 2015! – The Hello Tomorrow Challenge is a global start-up competition covering all the fields of technology, the winner receiving 100,000 euros. Entries to the Challenge have been extended, now closing on February 28, 2015. And thank you to everyone who came to the successful kick off gathering in West Los Angeles on the 29th of January! Click here for more information or to apply to the Challenge.

    April 19, 2015 The deadline for applications to the “Life Sciences: inventing – creating – having fun 2015” call for projects is April 19, 2015. This program, funded by the Office for Science and Technology, hopes to encourage students and researchers to participate in Life Sciences competitions between the United States and France, as well as to initiate collaborations between French and American scientists and to promote scientific research and practice. Apply today!

  • Los Angeles S&T Newsletter #58 - January 2015

    The Office for Science and Technology at the Consulate General of France in Los Angeles would like to wish you a Happy New Year. The New Year has brought a lot of opportunities to promote scientific relations between France and the United States. Welcome to 2015!

    Did you study abroad in France? If so, and if you would like to join a France Alumni network, you’re in luck! On November 26, 2014, Laurent Fabius (Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development) and Geneviève Fioraso (Secretary of State for Higher Education and Research) launched francealumni.fr, a website aimed at keeping former students linked to France. The site is operated by Campus France with the goals of not only keeping students informed about France, but is also an opportunity for the international development of French businesses and universities. Effectively, keeping previous alumni connected will facilitate new economic and academic partnerships with these former students. To join the French Alumni network or to just learn more, click here.

    January 28 or 29, 2015 - Save The Date! – The Hello Tomorrow Challenge is a global start-up competition covering all the fields of technology, the winner receiving 100,000 euros. Entries to the Challenge close on February 15, 2015. On the 28th or 29th of January, Hello Tomorrow and the OST of the French Consulate will cohost a kick-off party in Santa Monica. We encourage you to come learn more about the Challenge! Click here for more information or to apply to the Challenge.

    January 20, 2015 (12pm EST)!! Applications for the OST’s Chateaubriand Fellowship are due January 20, 2015!! PhD students in American universities are encouraged to apply. This program in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics aims to initiate or reinforce collaborations, partnerships, and joint projects by encouraging exchange at the doctorate level. Fellows are selected through a merit-based competition and priority is given to candidates working toward a dual PhD degree with their French host institution. More information can be found at http://www.chateaubriand-fellowship.org

    February 15, 2015!! Applications for the Partner University Fund are due! Established in 2007 as a collaboration between the French government, American private donors, and the FACE Foundation, the Partner University Fund (PUF) supports research partnerships in all disciplines between two or more American and French institutions. More information on the details of the grant can be found at http://www.france-science.org/Call-for-Partner-University-Fund,2857.html

    An internship opportunity at the Office for Science and Technology of the Consulate General of France in Los Angeles to promote electric vehicles and sustainability is available (internship from February 9 to April 9, 2015). More information can be found toward the end of this newsletter.

  • Los Angeles S&T Newsletter #57 - December 2014

    The Office for Science and Technology at the Consulate General of France in Los Angeles would like to wish you a Happy Holidays - and then invite you to the following events happening this December!

    December 3-6, 2014 - Save The Date! The World Stem Cell Summit (WSCS14) is just around the corner! Last year was a great success, taking place in San Diego, CA. With the theme “Connect, Collaborate, Cure,” the summit brought together leaders, innovators, and visionaries in the fields of stem cell and regenerative medicine who are committed to accelerating the discovery and development of lifesaving cures and therapies. This year, the summit is taking place in San Antonio, TX and the three day event will include panel discussions, poster presentations, and talks by acclaimed doctors and researchers from around the world. We encourage those of you in the area to attend. For more information and to register for this event, please visit WSCS14.

    December 9, 2014 - Save The Date! The Alliance Française de Denver will be hosting a Café Scientifique on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at 6:00pm on the topic of "Environmental and health organizations in France and the US." Guest speakers are Côme Daniau, who will speak about "How the Institut de Veille Sanitaire manages environmental health," and Pierre-André Cabanes, presenting "The management of environmental risk in the EDF Group." To RSVP to this free event, send an email to Alliance Française de Denver or call 303-831-0304.

    FACTS - Los Angeles We would like to thank everyone who came out to the French Ameri-Can Climate TalkS conference on November 14, since it was an amazing success! More than 250 people came to hear both French and American panelists speak about current environmental issues, leading up to the COP21 in Paris next year. Los Angeles was the final location for the FACTS tour, reinforcing the importance of climate change, not only in the context of a shared emissions burden, but also as an opportunity to create employment, economic growth and innovative modes of production and consumption in the future.

    The French Consulate would also like to congratulate two French recipients of the 2015 Breakthrough Prize Award in Life Sciences. Alim Louis Benabid, from Joseph Fourier University, is being recognized for the discovery and pioneering work on the development of high-frequency deep brain stimulation (DBS), which has revolutionized the treatment of Parkinson’s disease. Benabid also won the prestigious Lasker Award earlier this year for the same work. Additionally, Emmanuelle Charpentier, from the Helmholtz Center for Infection Research and Umeå University, harnessed an ancient mechanism of bacterial immunity into a powerful and general technology for editing genomes, with wide-ranging implications across biology and medicine. She was granted a $3 million award.

    ATTENTION ALL PHD STUDENTS, the application for the OST’s Chateaubriand Fellowship in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics is almost due! This program aims at creating collaborations, partnerships, and joint projects between American universities and a French host institution at the doctorate level. Fellows are chosen based on merit with priority given to candidates working toward a dual PhD degree with their respective French host institution. Applications are due by January 31, 2015, and more information can be found at http://www.chateaubriand-fellowship.org.

    Happy Holidays and see you in 2015!

  • Los Angeles S&T Newsletter #56 - November 2014

    The Office for Science and Technology at the Consulate General of France in Los Angeles would like to invite you to the following events happening this November!

    November 6, 2014 - Save The Date! The Alliance Française de Los Angeles, with the support of the Office for Science and Technology, will be hosting a Ciné-Sciences on Thursday, November 6, 2014 at 6:15pm. The documentary “Le ventre, notre deuxième cerveau / The gut, our second brain” will be screened in French with French subtitles. Written and directed by Cécile Denjean, it won the 2014 Prize of Mutualities in the “Medicine” category at the International Health Film Festival ImagéSanté in Liège, Belgium. Following the screening will be a Q&A in French and English with Dr. Yvette Taché, recognized leading expert in brain-gut interactions. To RSVP to this free event, send an email to admin@afdela.org.

    November 14, 2014 - Save The Date! – Last stop of the French Ameri-Can Climate TalkS (FACTS) conference series is in Los Angeles!. In partnership with the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and the Los Angeles Regional Collaborative (LARC) for Climate Action and Sustainability, the Embassy of France in the United States and the Consulate General of France in Los Angeles will organize a conference at UCLA to discuss reducing emissions and mitigating the future impacts of climate change. Mat Kaplan, host of Planetary Radio, will moderate the speaking and debating between Americans Alex Hall, Mary Nichols and Pam O’Connor and former French Minister of the Environment Corinne Lepage, French paleoclimatologist Valérie Masson-Delmotte, and European innovation expert Daniel Zimmer.
    Location: Carnesales Commons – Palisades Room @ UCLA
    We encourage you to come and engage in the discussion of climate change. Click here to register.

    Finally, it’s time for PhD students in American universities to start applying for the OST’s Chateaubriand Fellowship in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics! This program aims to initiate or reinforce collaborations, partnerships, and joint projects by encouraging exchange at the doctorate level. Fellows are selected through a merit-based competition and priority is given to candidates working toward a dual PhD degree with their French host institution. Applications are due by January 31, 2015, and more information can be found at http://www.chateaubriand-fellowship.org.

  • Los Angeles S&T Newsletter #55 - October 2014

    The Office for Science and Technology would like to congratulate two French researchers this month ! Alim-Louis Benabid, MD, PhD, received the 2014 Lasker DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award on September 19, 2014. Yvette Taché, PhD, will soon receive the 2014 William S. Middleton Award, the highest honor awarded annually by the Biomedical Laboratory Research and Development Service (BLR&D), from the research division of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. She’s the first woman to win it since 1962 !

    Save The Date ! The Alliance Française de Los Angeles, with the support of the Office for Science and Technology, will be hosting a Ciné-Sciences on Thursday, November 6, 2014 at 6:15pm. The documentary “Le ventre, notre deuxième cerveau / The gut, our second brain” will be screened in French with French subtitles along with a Q&A in French and English with Dr. Yvette Taché, recognized leading expert in brain-gut interactions.

    November 14, 2014 - Save The Date – Los Angeles will be the last stage of the French Ameri-Can Climate TalkS (FACTS) conference series. In partnership with the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and the Los Angeles Regional Collaborative (LARC) for Climate Action and Sustainability, the Embassy of France in the United States and the Consulate General of France in Los Angeles will organize a conference at UCLA to discuss the challenges climate change represents for cities around the world. On the American side, Alex Hall, Mary Nichols and Pam O’Connor will be speaking and debating with former French Minister of the Environment Corinne Lepage, French paleoclimatologist Valérie Masson-Delmotte and European innovation expert Daniel Zimmer. The voice of Planetary Radio, Mat Kaplan, will be moderating the discussion which topic will be : "Climate Ready Cities : Taking Action to Mitigate Climate Change and Adapt in Urban Areas."
    We encourage you to come and engage in the discussion of climate change. Registration will open soon.

    Finally, this will be Kyle Costenbader’s last newsletter as Intern for the Office for Science and Technology at the Consulate general of France in Los Angeles. We would like to thank Kyle for helping us over the past few months and wish him all the best as he recently enrolled in a Master of Science in Global Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of the USC. A warm welcome to Mandy Majidian, a Senior at UCLA, who will be joining us as our new intern.

  • Los Angeles S&T Newsletter #54 - September 2014

    Browsing this newsletter, you will discover that August was an exciting time for research: Science is a never-ending journey for truth and knowledge. We are looking forward to another month full of discovery and invention.

    NOVEMBER 14, 2014 - SAVE THE DATE! - French Ameri-Can Climate TalkS - Los Angeles (FACTS LA) will be held at UCLA. The topic of the conference will be: "Climate Ready Cities: Taking Action to Mitigate Climate Change and Adapt in Urban Areas." Mat Kaplan, producer and host of Planetary Radio, will moderate the discussion and the following speakers will be present:

    From France:
    - Ms. Corinne Lepage: Former French minister of the environment, founder and president of Cap21 (green party)
    - Ms. Valérie Masson-Delmotte: Paleo climatologist at the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission
    - Mr. Daniel Zimmer: Director of Innovation at “Knowledge Innovation Community- Climate”, European Institute of Technology
    From Southern California:
    - Mr. Alex Hall: Professor in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, UCLA
    - Ms. Mary Nichols: Chairman of the California Air Resources Board
    - Ms. Pam O’Connor: Mayor, City of Santa Monica, CA
    We encourage you to come and engage in the discussion of climate change. Registration will open soon.

    Additionally, the Office for Science and Technology in Houston has the great pleasure to announce the first publication of its newsletter, FR-US Nanotechs Newsletter, dedicated to the research and technology in the field of Nanotechnology in France and in the United States. To receive this newsletter, sign up here.

    To learn more about us or our activities at the Office of Science and Technology of the Consulate general of France in LA:
    About us: http://www.consulfrance-losangeles.org/spip.php?article1139
    Our activities: http://www.consulfrance-losangeles.org/spip.php?article2053

  • Los Angeles S&T Newsletter #53 - August 2014

    The Office for Science and Technology at the Consulate general of France in Los Angeles would like to wish everyone a happy August. In France, August is a time for many to relax and take a vacation. However, some researchers are still hard at work in their labs.

    This month, we would like to invite you to view the full moon on August 10. The moon will be at its closest point to Earth in 2014. Also, don’t forget to watch the Perseid Meteor Shower on August 12.

    The first phase of the Worlwide Innovation Challenge launched by the French government in December 2013 finally came to a close. The talents of today - both in France and abroad - were encouraged to create the world of tomorrow regarding energy storage, recycling of metals, development of marine resources, plant proteins and plant chemistry, personalized medicine, the silver economy, or big data. 110 laureates were selected throughout Phase 1 of the process (Start-up Phase) and received financial support in the form of grants of up to €200,000 per project. Around 10% of the projects were submitted by non-French companies, and some of the laureates had previously benefited from support programs endorsed by the Office for Science and Technology of the Embassy of France in the US such as Fruition Sciences, a 2008 YEi (Young Entrepreneurs initiative) laureate based in California.
    Phase 2 (Risk Reduction Phase) will start on September 1st, 2014, and will narrow down the number of projects that will receive support for further development.
    More information at http://innovation-2030.entreprises.gouv.fr/en/

    Thank you for reading and bonnes vacances à tous !

  • Los Angeles S&T Newsletter #52 - July 2014

    On July 1st, 2014, the Office for Science and Technology of the Embassy of France in Washington, DC will be hosting the first annual “Networking Event in Science and Technology” (NEST). NEST brings together researchers and entrepreneurs that have the mutual desire to share knowledge and to reinforce international alliances. The first NEST even will also honor biomedical research as it celebrates the 50th anniversary of Inserm, the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research, and in particular, its partners in the United States. Inserm was founded July 18, 1964 in Paris, France.

    Save The Date: FACTS (French Ameri-Can Climate Talks) Los Angeles is taking place on November 14th, 2014, at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). This event is organized by the Office for Science and Technology at the Consulate of France in Los Angeles, the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and the Los Angeles Regional Collaborative for Climate Action and Sustainability. FACTS is a public conference series organized by the embassies of France in both Canada and the United States that aims to mobilize French, American, and Canadian opinions on the issues of climate change. The event is planned to take place in seven cities in the United States (Chicago, Boston, New Orleans, Los Angeles) and Canada (Montreal, Ottawa, Vancouver) involving renowned scientists, civil society representatives, NGOs, political figures, journalists and entrepreneurs.

    The 2014 YEi (Young Entrepreneurs initiative) program is accepting applications until July 31, 2014. Started in 2006 and organized by the OST, the YEi program is an accelerator for young startups wishing to grow their business in France and Europe by leveraging transatlantic resources and partnerships. More information can be found toward the end of this newsletter.

  • Los Angeles S&T Newsletter #51 - June 2014

    The Office for Science and Technology at the Consulate General of France in Los Angeles would like to invite you to the following events happening this June!

    On June 10, the Alliance Française of Denver and the Office for Science and Technology of Los Angeles will host a Café des Sciences. Val Albors Laine will be presenting “The Demystification of the Science of Rock Mechanics.”

    The following week, on June 20, the documentary “Tour de France de LaBiotech”, will be screened as part of the Ciné-Sciences series. The event will take place in Roth Auditorium, at the Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine in La Jolla, CA.

    June 25-27 Denver, Colorado, will be hosting the 12th International Conference on Smart Homes and Health Telematics: ICOST 2014. The program focuses on presentations and discussions of research that foster independent living and enhanced quality of life. There will be many French scientists attending this event including Mourir Mokhtari, Institut Mines Telecom. Note: ICOST 2015 will be held in France.

    Finally, we would like you to help us celebrate INSERM’s 50th anniversary. The “Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale” was founded on July 18, 1964 in Paris, France. INSERM has been supporting health research for 50 years.