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Having an international dimension is essential for the corporate identity of the French Académie des sciences and a portal for global expression of its Members. Beyond the formal, bilateral or multilateral links, the Academy participates in international scientific events and is attentive to new components of Society, new economic or ethical aspects of research, while remaining attached to its standing objectives of development of knowledge bases and science education. The fact that the Academy has seen fit and beneficial to elect Foreign Associate Members underlines the determination of the Academy to be visible and heard internationally.

The Delegation for International Relations

The overall responsibility for international affairs at the Academy lies with a specific Delegation (DRI), created in 1982 and operating with a mandate from the academic Bureau. The current Vice-President Foreign Secretary is Daniel RICQUIER (he has held this post since January 2012); he is assisted by a Deputy. The Vice-President Foreign Secretary prepares all meetings and draft agreements with foreign academies and equivalent international institutions. Ex officio, he sits on several academic Committees or Commissions with an international remit.

Since 1982, 43 high level international agreements in scientific co-operation have been signed with other academies round the world. The first such Agreements were with India, Poland and Sweden. Cf. the list

Special agreements, for the purpose of exchanging lecturers, have been signed with the Royal Society, London (the Claude Bernard and Humphry Davy Lectures) ; with the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, Italy (the Louis de Broglie and Enrico Fermi Lectures) and with the Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschapen, Netherlands (the René Descartes and Christian Huygens Lectures).

The Vice-President Foreign Secretary is in constant and close liaison with the various multilateral academic authorities:
- The International Council for Science (ICSU) - Cf. for further reading
- The Alliance of European Academies (ALLEA) - Cf. for further reading
- The InterAcademy Panel for International Issues (IAP) - Cf. for further reading
- The International Academy Council (IAC) - Cf. for further reading
- The European Academies Scientific Advisory Council (EASAC ) - Cf. for further reading
- The Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS) - Cf. for further reading.

International Prizes awarded by the Academy stand witness to the high level of co-operation between the French Academy and foreign academies:
- The Lounsbery Prize, with the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (NAS) - Cf. for further reading.
- The Descartes-Huygens Prize with the Academy of Sciences of the Netherlands - Cf. for further reading.
- The Gay-Lussac – Humboldt Prize with the Humbolt Foundation, Germany - Cf. for further reading.

With the support of EASAC (European Academies Science Advisory Council) and the European Commission, the DRI participates in setting up twinning exchange operations between European research scientists and Members of Parliament to encourage and enhance mutual understanding.

The DRI participates in the drafting of Joint Statements or Declarations that arise when Academies convene to present their findings and Recommendations to the G8 Summit meetings or the G8+56 Meetings - For further information on France's Academy hosting the G8-Science Meeting in 2011.

Contacts :

Vice-President Foreign Secretary: Daniel RICQUIER - - Tel.: (+33) 1 44 41 44 03
Deputy to the Vice-President Foreign Secretary: Myriam LEROUX - - Tel.: (+33) 1 44 41 44 82
Administrative Head for International Relations: Anne ANDIVERO - - Tel.: (+33) 1 44 41 44 01
Secretariat : Isabelle THOMAS - - Tel.: (+33) 1 44 41 45 06

Academic Groups and Working Parties with an international scope in their remit

The Academic Committee for International Relations (CORI)
The Academic Standing Committee for Scientific and Technological International Relations (CARIST)
The Academic Committee for the defence of Scientist's Rights when subject to violation (CODHOS)
The French Academic Committee for International Scientific Unions (COFUSI)
The Academic Committee for Developing Countries (COPED)
The Sino French Foundation for Science and its Applications (FFSCA)
The Inter-academic Group for Development (GID) - Cf. for further reading


The "Aurore" portal

The Aurore portal, for Franco-Chinese scientific collaboration, was inaugurated May 21, 2010 at the French Pavilion at the Universal Exhibition held in Shanghai. Any research scientist, from France or China, and interested in fostering the relations between the two countries is invited to register.

Cf. for further reading


The French Academy of Sciences and the G8 science academies

On March 24, 25, 2011, the Académie des sciences hosted a meeting in Paris of the Delegates of the Academies of Sciences for the G8+ countries.

More about the G8 Meeting and the Joint Statements issued


Joint Meeting of leading officers representing the Academies of Science of France and of the United States

The leadership of the Academies of Science of France and of the United States meet from time to time, to discuss common interests. In particular, both academies have important roles as independent, science-based organizations which provide service to society. On October 27-28, 2011, two delegations of leading officers, led by Presidents Alain Carpentier and Ralph Cicerone, represented the academies at such a meeting in Paris. More about this meeting

Science and Technology in Society (STS) forum - 8th Annual Meeting - Statement

The 8th Annual Meeting of the Science and Technology in Society forum took place from October 2 to 4, with the participation of 800 global leaders in science and technology, policy, business and media from approximately 80 countries, regions and international organizations. See the statement


The French Academy of Sciences received the academies of sciences of Africa of the NASAC (Network of African Science Academies)

The NASAC training seminar on Enhancing Communication Strategies for Science Academies in Africa took place from January 26 to 28 in Paris.

More about the NASAC

Sino French Foundation for Science and its Applications

Cf. the website for the FFCSA Foundation

! Post-doctoral fellowships offered: Promotion 2015 (Second call of offers)

Call for candidates - 法中科学与应用基金会博士后奖学金 - Download the application form

The FFCSA Foundation was created in 2001 to promote Sino-French co-operation in science and its applications. The Foundation, in concertation with the Chinese Academy of Sciences and in co-operation with the China Scholarship Council (CSC), has as its prime mission to organise post-doc. Exchanges between France and China. Numerous partnerships with French industry allow France to host the visiting researchers.
Since 2002, over one hundred Chinese post-docs have been selected by a Franco-Chinese Jury for candidates from China's foremost universities to come and work in high-level laboratories in France. Upon returning to China, these post-docs benefit from excellent career prospects and from continue often continue to liaise with their French host laboratories.
Since 2005, the Foundation has assisted French post-docs wishing to pursue research work in China and to establish lasting links with Chinese laboratories during their stay in China.
The Foundation also encourages and supports exchanges of teaching staff between France and China for periods between 1 and 3 months.
The Foundation's Scientific Council is co-chaired by Prof Jacques CAEN, founder president, Prof Yves QUERE and ZHU Chen, Vice-President of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
There is a three-times yearly Newsletter (see contact below if interested).

The Foundation brochure

Cf. the Statutes


Administrative Head: Anne-Sophie CAEN - - Tel.: (+33) 1 53 85 92 25 - Fax: (+33) 1 53 85 92 29

Postal Address for the Foundation:

Maison de la Chimie
28 rue Saint-Dominique
F-75007 Paris

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