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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 #50 - May 2014

    This is our 50th Newsletter! We would like to thank all the people who contributed to the Los Angeles scientific newsletter since 2010: interns, deputy Science Attachés and Science Attachés.

    We are excited to announce two Cafés des Sciences over the next two months. The Office for Science and Technology in Los Angeles, Desert Academy, and Santa Fe Accueil invite you to a Café des Sciences on Thursday, May 22. Dr. Agnès Cousin will present "ChemCam: On board Curiosity on Mars" at Desert Academy in Santa Fe. The following month on June 10, the Alliance Française of Denver and the Office of Science and Technology of Los Angeles will also host a Café des Sciences. Val Albors Laine will be giving the presentation “The Demystification of the Science of Rock Mechanics.” On June 20 at 5:30 PM the documentary “Tour de France de LaBiotech”, will be screened as part of the Cine-Sciences series. The event will take place in Roth Auditorium, at the Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine in La Jolla.

    May 23 is the deadline for the French American Biotech Symposium (FABS). The Office for Science and Technology (OST) is currently searching for a French partner to co-organize the 2015-2016 edition of the French American Biotech Symposium (FABS). Please visit http://www.france-science.org/Appel-a-projet-French-American,2558.html. More information below Information about other upcoming events and ongoing competitions can be found toward the end of this newsletter or online at www.France-Science.org.

    Finally, this will be Gregory Disse’s last newsletter as an Intern for the Office of Science and Technology at the Consulate General of France in Los Angeles. We would like to thank Greg for all his work and we wish to welcome Kyle Costenbader as the new intern for the Office for Science and Technology.

  • Los Angeles S&T Newsletter #49 - April 2014

    At the end of this month, UC Irvine, the Saban Research Institute (Los Angeles), and the Scripps Research Institute (San Diego) will welcome Dr. Jean-Marc Egly during the Southern Californian leg of his American tour on research career opportunities in France. Dr. Egly is the special counselor to the chairman and CEO of Inserm, the French national institute of health and medical research. He will be discussing opportunities at Inserm, as well as at the French National Alliance for Life Science and Health (Aviesan) and through the Atip-Avenir Program, which gives young researchers the opportunity to set up and run a research team in France. He will visit UC Irvine and the Saban Research Institute (29 April) and then the Scripps Institute the following day (30 April). Click here for more information.

    Competition proposal deadlines are fast approaching. The deadline for applications to the “Life Sciences: inventing – creating – having fun 2014” call for projects is April 13. 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.

    Information about other upcoming events and ongoing competitions (such as the French-American Biotechnology Symposium (FABS) call for proposals or the "Innovation Connecting Show" to be held in Toulouse, France in September 2014) can be found toward the end of this newsletter or online at http://www.France-Science.org/.

  • Los Angeles S&T Newsletter #48 - March 2014

    On Thursday, March 6 at 7pm, the Alliance Française de Los Angeles will be hosting a “Café des Sciences” with the joint support of the Consulate General of Belgium in Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Office for Science and Technology of the Embassy of France in the US. Belgian-born planetary scientist Dr. Jean-Luc Margot of UCLA will be giving the presentation “Life in the Universe,” shedding a light on the field of astrobiology and what the field has to say about the habitability of other planets in the universe. Dr. Margot conducts research on habitable worlds with the help of some of the world’s best and largest telescopes. The evening’s presentation will be given in French and will be followed by a discussion in French and English. More information can be found at http://www.afdela.org/CafedesSceinces.php

    In late April, special counselor to the chairman and CEO of INSERM Dr. Jean-Marc Egly will be visiting Southern California during his American tour to speak about research career opportunities in France. Young scientists in the life sciences are encouraged to attend, as Dr. Egly will speak about the French National Alliance for Life Science and Health (Aviesan), the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM), and the Atip-Avenir Program which gives young researchers the opportunity to set up and run a research team in France. He will visit UC Irvine and the Saban Research Institute (29 April) and then the Scripps Institute (30 April).

    Information about other upcoming events and ongoing competitions (such as the French-American Biotechnology Symposium (FABS) call for proposals or the "Innovation Connecting Show" to be held in Toulouse, France in September 2014) can be found toward the end of this newsletter or online at http://www.France-Science.org/.

  • Los Angeles S&T Newsletter #47 - February 2014

    This month the REDCAT theater in Downtown Los Angeles will be commemorating French nature film maverick Jean Painlevé (1902-1989) with the special event “Jean Painlevé : the Vampire, the Seahorse, and the Octopus in Love” ; a program showing seven of his more than 200 documentary including The Vampire (1939) and The Love Life of the Octopus (1965). Tickets, which can be purchased online or in person at the box office, are $10 for the general public and $8 for members and students.

    Among the many current calls for proposals from the Office for Science and Technology of the Embassy of France in the United States, we would like to highlight two in particular. First, the OST’s Boston office along with Le Réseau C.U.R.I.E. is now accepting project proposals for the French-American Technology Transfer Exchange Program (FATTE+) until March 3. Since its launch in 2007, the program continues to support collaboration between French and American experts in the field of technology transfer. The program seeks projects that will encourage long-term exchanges between the two countries.

    Second, the OST is accepting applications to the “LIFE SCIENCES : inventing - creating – having fun” 2014 competition until April 13. The OST will financially support participations to scientific competitions, contests and games specializing in Life Sciences. This program hopes to encourage students and researchers to participate in exchanges between the United States and France, as well as to initiate collaborations between French and American scientists, and to promote scientific research and practice.

  • Los Angeles S&T Newsletter #46 - January 2014

    Happy New Year from the Los Angeles Office for Science and Technology!

    On January 13, the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla will be hosting a symposium called “Hypothalamic Factors: A Trove for Novel Therapeutic and Diagnostic Applications” to celebrate the 90th birthday of 1977 Nobel prize laureate Dr. Roger Guillemin who contributed immensely to beginnings of neuroendocrinology. The event will bring several renowned scientists who will present recent advances in endocrinology followed by a reception. More information and registration instructions can be found at http://www.salk.edu/guillemin.

    On Monday, December 2, the French government launched a Worldwide Innovation Challenge, encouraging the talents of today - both France and abroad - to create the collective wealth of tomorrow. Company projects submitted to the Worldwide Innovation Challenge must correspond energy storage, recycling of metals, development of marine resources, plant proteins and plant chemistry, personalized medicine, the silver economy, or big data. More information about submitting a project can be found at http://www.innovation2030.org/en/.

    A private organization called the Hello Tomorrow Challenge also launched the same day, with the similar goal of empowering young European innovators to make strides in science and technology. You can apply from now until January 29 to the challenge. Contact Los Angeles ambassador Mathieu Goudot (los-angeles@hello-tomorrow.org) to learn more about local events.

    Happy 2014!

  • Los Angeles S&T Newsletter #45 - December 2013

    Last month, the Los Angeles Office for Science and Technology attended the Society for Neuroscience’s annual meeting in San Diego, joining major French organizations in sharing news related to French neuroscience research and opportunities for Franco-American collaboration in the field. We would like to thank the many attendees who participated in the daily raffle and visited the booth.

    This month, the OST is partnering with the Alliances françaises in Los Angeles and Denver
    who are each hosting their own "Café des Sciences." Denver’s Café des Sciences will focus on the technology of 3D printing, and the one in Los Angeles will be about energy conservation. These seminars, with elements in both French and English, are open to the public but an RSVP is required. More information about these two Cafés des Sciences can be found toward the end of this newsletter.

    December is the 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, 2014, and more information can be found at http://www.chateaubriand-fellowship.org

    And finally, the Los Angeles Office for Science and Technology wishes you Joyeuses fêtes with the approach of the holiday season!

  • Los Angeles S&T Newsletter #44 - November 2013

    The Los Angeles Office for Science and Technology (OST) is excited to be participating in two major scientific symposia over the next two months held in San Diego.

    The Los Angeles OST will be going to the Society for Neuroscience’s forty-third annual meeting promoting “Neuroscience in France – From Education to Research” alongside many French organizations involved in health and medical research. Whether you are French living abroad or interesting in coming to France as a science undergraduate, PhD, postdoc or senior researcher, do not hesitate to come by our booth to get information about French Neuroscience research and learn about research opportunities in France. There will also be a daily raffle with exciting French prizes.

    One month later, the Los Angeles OST is an endorsing partner of the World Stem Cell Summit (WSCS) 2013 held in San Diego from December 4-6. With the theme “Connect, Collaborate, Cure,” the summit will bring together leaders, innovators, and visionaries in the fields of stem cell and regenerative medicine. The three-day event will include poster presentations, public forums, panel discussions, and keynotes by doctors and researchers from around the world. Registration is open until December 1.

  • Los Angeles S&T Newsletter #43 - October 2013

    The Office for Science and Technology of the Embassy of France is offering an invitation to US post-graduate students to attend a two-day scientific seminar in Toulouse, France. To encourage this unique opportunity, the OST will offer partial scholarships to eight students in the United States. More information about this event and the official link can be found toward the end of this newsletter.

    Those interested in the field of epigenetics will be excited to know that the French INSERM and UC Irvine are organizing another great opportunity for international collaboration in Irvine at the Second International Symposium on Epigenetic Control and Cellular Plasticity in December. This two-day event, sponsored by the Office for Science and Technology of the Consulate General of France in Los Angeles, will welcome more than 200 participants from around the world to focus on how epigenetic control and chromatin remodeling contribute to various processes that lead to cellular plasticity. The official website and further information about the event and the application process can be found on the official OST website in the events section.

  • Los Angeles S&T Newsletter #42 - September 2013

    This month we have a lot of exciting news to present to you including changes at major research institutes and improvements in the format and information presented in our newsletter. At the Office for Science and Technology of the Consulate General of France in Los Angeles, we are always aiming to foster Franco-American collaborations between leading research universities and institutes of both countries. Therefore, we are very happy to announce that the OST of the Embassy of France in the U.S.A. will be a sponsor of the 2013 Colorado Immunology Conference, which will take place between September 11th and 13th in Vail, Colorado. More information on this conference as well as a link to the official website is provided at the end of the newsletter.

  • Los Angeles S&T Newsletter #41 - August 2013

    On July 14, to celebrate France’s national holiday, Bastille Day, Mr Axel Cruau, Consul General of France in Los Angeles, held a reception and welcomed invited guests at the Résidence de France.