Office for Science and Technology

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The Office for Science and Technology (OST) is a multidisciplinary team of professors, researchers and scientists spread throughout the United States, with its headquarters at the Embassy of France in Washington DC and six offices in the consulates of France in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles and San Francisco. These strategic locations ensure coverage of high-potential sectors in terms of research, technological innovation and dynamic science policies.

Under the supervision of the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs, the OST maintains close ties with the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, as well as with all the actors in the French research ecosystem. It acts in cooperation with the other services of the Embassy (cultural service, economic service, social affairs service), and works in close collaboration with the representatives of the CNRS, INSERM, CNES, CEA and INRAE present at the Embassy of France in Washington DC with whom it forms the "Mission pour la science et la technologie".

The Office for Science and Technology in Atlanta

The Office for Science and Technology in Atlanta ensures the action of the Mission pour la science et technologie in the entire consular district, i.e. six states: Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee, the state of Florida depending on the Consulate General of France in Miami and the territory of Puerto Rico.

Its creation in February 2010 marks the willingness of the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs to participate in the scientific and technological dynamism of the Southeast of the United States through the development of structuring partnerships between local public or private institutions and French organizations.

The main missions of the Office of Science and Technology in Atlanta are to:

  • promote French science and technology to United States actors and expatriate French scientists;
  • monitor scientific innovations and provide technology monitoring for French leaders and scientists in France and in the Southeast of the United States;
  • learn from the United States strategy in terms of innovation policy and investment in research and innovation in key areas;
  • initiate and strengthen existing scientific and technological partnerships, through the organization of expert missions and scientific meetings;
  • encourage exchanges of doctoral students and researchers between France and the Southeast of the United States.
  • support innovation stemming from academic research by accompanying young French startups in their discovery of the ecosystem of the Southeast of the United States, and conversely, by promoting France’s attractiveness to young innovative American companies.

Contact

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Rami Abi-Akl, PhD
Attaché for Science and Technology
Embassy of France in the United States
Consulate General of France in Atlanta
attache-univ@ambascience-usa.org

Biography

Rami holds a PhD and MSc in Mechanical Engineering from MIT, a Diplôme d’Ingénieur from Ecole Polytechnique and Ecole des Mines de Paris and is a government official of the Corps des Mines. He has explored a wide range of industries and led various entrepreneurial programs, especially the MIT Global Startup Workshop in India (2016), Chile (2017) and Thailand (2018), as organizer, managing director then advisor.

Rami joined the Consulate General of France in Atlanta in March 2020, as Attaché for Science and Technology. Prior to this appointment, he was a project lead at the Ministry of Economy and Finance of France focusing on the growth of the French innovation and startup ecosystem. He has led several Government initiatives to foster deep tech entrepreneurship and nurture innovative ventures across the country, through a dual appointment with La French Tech. He also participated in the interministerial efforts aiming to develop growth strategies for the ecosystem, design funding and training programs for deep tech startups, and implement funding initiatives in cooperation with Bpifrance.

During his tenure as Attaché for Science and Technology to the Southeast of the United States (MS, AL, FL, GA, NC, TN, SC, PR), Rami seeks to build strong partnerships in science, research and technology between the two countries, and to cultivate transatlantic innovation and technology transfer.

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Yann Méheust
Deputy Attaché for Science and Technology
Embassy of France in the United States
Consulate General of France in Atlanta
deputy-univ@ambascience-usa.org

Biography

Yann Méheust holds a Master of Science in biology from the École Normale Supérieure de Lyon and a Master in environmental economics from the Institut Agronomique de Paris. His academic coursework led to his specialization in molecular biology as well as to numerous research experiences in France and abroad, including at Stanford University and the Institut Curie in Paris.

Outside the lab, Yann has participated in several projects to popularize scientific information for the general public, notably through events held during the annual Science Festival and the European Heritage Days.

Yann joined the Consulate General of France in Atlanta in September 2020 as the Deputy Attaché for Science and Technology. He aims to actively participate in the development of the scientific relationship between France and the U.S. Southeast, particularly in the sectors of health and the environment.

Last modified on 23/10/2020

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