From the desk of the Consul General - October 2017 [fr]
Dear French and American friends,
France-Atlanta, our annual event series in conjunction with Georgia Tech University, highlights the many ways that France and the Southeast United States are closely connected. This year’s edition is just around the corner! Here is an overview of what is in store.
Science and Technology:
Our Global Challenges of the 21st Century forum will see the director of the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) and the director of France’s National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) come together in Atlanta to discuss which issues will drive their research agendas and how they are adapting to today’s global opportunities and challenges.
Outstanding French and American researchers and key opinion leaders will then gather for Bridging the Sciences: Advances in HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Emerging Viruses, a high-level, one-day scientific symposium on human viral infections at Emory University.
Two back-to-back aerospace events will unfold during Georgia Tech and Airbus: A Long-standing History and Georgia Tech and ISAE-SUPAERO: A Strategic Partnership. These panels bring together experts and industry leaders from Airbus, ISAE-SUPAERO and Georgia Tech, who will share their experiences and discuss science and innovation.
And finally, at our Wastewater for Smart Cities: From Sludge to Bioenergy roundtable event, researchers plus municipal and industry leaders from Atlanta and Toulouse will discuss today’s challenges and innovations in wastewater management, highlighting a shift from disposal to energy creation and resource recovery.
France-Atlanta will have a strong African dimension this year. Working in collaboration with the High Museum of Art and its exhibition “Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design,” a handful of artists who are emblematic of the creativity and vitality of contemporary Francophone Africa will talk about their work. Among these is Alain Gomis (winner the Silver Bear at the 67th Berlin International Film Festival), graphic artist/writer-director Marguerite Abouet and photographer Omar Victor Diop. In closing, Franco-Afro-Cuban pop duo Ibeyi will perform at the Variety Playhouse.
Several Franco-American cultural collaborations are also planned: In contemporary music, musicians from Atlanta will join with Ensemble Fa of Paris for a concert titled "tête-à-tête," which will feature the world premiere of “Trois études pour Atlanta" by composer Philippe Hurel. In contemporary dance, Core Performance Company will premiere its new show “Human Landscapes” created with Montpellier choreographer Germana Civera. As for architecture and urban planning, the Georgia Tech College of Design will welcome the exhibit “Nouvelles Richesses,” which was presented by France at the at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale. And finally, street artist Jo Di Bona will install a mural featuring his trademark “pop graffiti” in downtown Atlanta.
Business France, the French agency in charge of promoting international commerce and investment, is bringing together 15 French companies at the APTA EXPO, the largest public transport exhibition in North America. A French Pavilion will showcase the latest technology in public transport and a total of 40 French companies will be present at the overall expo.
Every year, the French-American Chamber of Commerce (FACC) hosts its Crystal Peach Awards celebrating three companies with links to France and the United States. This year, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed will honor us with his presence as the keynote speaker.
And finally, for a second year, two Toulouse-based and two Atlanta-based companies will participate in a startup exchange. Atlanta will welcome Nanomade and Nanolike of Toulouse, which specialize in internet of things (IOT) solutions for smart cities.
A one-day forum on sexual and reproductive health (SRH) in developing and disaster-torn countries will bring together experts from NGOs from France and the United States, such as CARE, Médecins du Monde and Handicap International to discuss challenges and opportunities in the field.
Then, in the month of November, we are matching humanitarian workers who use French in their jobs with classrooms across the Metro Atlanta area in our annual Education Series. These workers will speak to students who are learning French and share how they have used the language in their careers.
Find out how to sign up and participate in this year’s France-Atlanta events at www.france-atlanta.org.
See you soon,
Louis de Corail
Consul General of France