The Office of Science and Technology in Atlanta
The Office for Science and Technology (OS&T) is headed by a science Counselor, who reports to the Ambassador, with 8 attachés -all well recognized scientists or science policy specialists-, 10 deputy attachés, and staff. The OS&T also houses and works closely with the North America Representatives of the 3 French research agencies: CNES, CNRS, et INSERM, forming the Mission pour la Science et la Technologie (MS&T).
The OS&T works with the other sections of the Embassy: Culture, Economy and Trade, Nuclear, Environment, Chancellery … to better assess the socio-economic impact of science and technology in today USA.
The OS&T operates in close conjunction with numerous French institutions: research agencies, universities and engineering schools, centers for technology transfer, competitiveness clusters, incubators, businesses… and by different means: promotional actions, Franco-American collaborative development, and information collection.
Thanks to its wide territorial presence and wide range of science disciplines, the OS&T is an active, reactive and proactive observer of the scientific activity, of technological innovations and their impact. The OS&T has several branches located across the United States: main office in the French Embassy in Washington D.C., and within the French consulates in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston , San Francisco and Los Angeles.
The main goals of the Office for Science and Technology are:
- to promote the French S&T with US actors, and with science expats, by organizing events, by publishing local or topical newsletters.
- to watch scientific breakthroughs, investments and innovations in key domains, by networking with academic people, agencies, scientific associations, Congress, think-tanks and other R&D decision-making circles.
- to report to France, via cables, weekly notes, embassy reports
- to sustain existing scientific partnerships, to build new ones, by organising visits of experts, seminars, on common interest topics, by promoting the annual calls of the French-US joint endowments or funds.
- to foster doctoral mobility of students and researchers, in particular with our flagship program Chateaubriand , and other incentives.
The main mission of the Scientific Office—which covers Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee, Florida and Puerto Rico– is to promote scientific and technological dynamism through the development of structured partnerships between local institutions and public or private French institutions.
Please visit the official website of the Office for Science and Technology, Embassy of France in the United States, for more information.
To contact us:
Valérie Trentesaux, Scientific Attaché for Cooperation and Higher Education
Tel : (678) 500-7352
Specialized in innovation and technology transfer services, Valérie Trentesaux brings to the table a solid background in industrial and academic research on both a national and international level.
Head of institutional relationships and member of the Executive Committee of Inserm Transfert – a private affiliate of the French National Institute for Health (INSERM) – from 2006 to 2015, she participated in a task force with the French Minister for Higher Education and Research which oversaw 1 billion euros dedicated to technology transfer under a program called “Investissements d’Avenir”. In close contact with scientists, she helped establish numerous partnerships between Inserm Transfert from private to public research agencies. She was also an active member of Covalliance, a French technology transfer life sciences committee.
From 1997 to 2006, Trentesaux worked at the Pasteur Institute in the Technology Transfer Department, where she was in charge of partnership agreements. In this capacity, she worked at the interface between industries, scientists and research agencies. Board member of the World AIDS Foundation (WAF) and the French and American Foundation (FAAF), she developed a partnership with the National Institute of Health (NIH).
From 1992 to 1997, she worked at Sanofi Diagnostics Pasteur, where she was in charge of its worldwide license agreements portfolio, gaining experience in the pharmaceutical industry and a greater enthusiasm for research.
Valerie Trentesaux holds a business degree from the Institute of Higher Education in Marketing and Commerce, ISTEC- Paris.
Sandra Jean, Deputy Attaché for Science and Technology
Tel : (404) 495-1699
After Graduating from Rennes University in a Master in Ecology, Sandra Jean began her scientific career working at the National Center for Scientic Research in Rennes and and then at Chizé, before leaving to Canada to complete research missions on marine mammals. In 2013, she was in put in charge of the program “Action Plan Marine Mammals” at the SPAW-RAC, the Regional Activity Centre for the Protocol Concerning Specially Protected Areas and Wildlife for the Caribbean Region, a program under the legal authority of the United Nations.
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