Visit of the University of Evry (France) by a delegation of the University of Alabama Huntsville [fr]
On June 20 and 21, 2019, the University of Alabama Huntsville (UAH) sent a delegation to the University of Evry in France (Essonne) to sign a collaboration agreement. Professor David Berkowitz, Director of the Office of International Services and Dean of Graduate School at UAH, accompanied by Professor Jerome Baudry, Franco-American P.L. Chan Professor of Biology, were both welcomed by Professor Patrick Curmi, President of the University of Evry and Professor Nazim Agoulmine, Vice-President and Director of International Relations.
These two days provided an opportunity for the delegation to visit two laboratories of the University of Evry. They first visited the Laboratory of Analysis and Modelling for Biology and the Environment (LAMBE), where they were received greeted by its Director, Jean-Yves Salpin. They then visited the Laboratory of Structure and Activity of Normal and Pathological Biomolecules (SABNP), where they were greeted by researcher Alexandre Maucuer. Finally, the delegation had the opportunity to visit Genopole, the biopark in Evry dedicated to biotechnology and genetics, and the largest biotechnology biocluster in France.
This meeting was very important because these two Universities are very complementary, academically and scientifically, and share the same strategic development directions, particularly in biotechnology and aeronautics. The signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has made it possible to formalize their joint actions and allows them to consider future collaborations. Among these future collaborations, there is a plan to create a program dedicated to facilitating Franco-American university exchanges as part of the “Transatlantic Mobility Program” of the French Embassy in Washington. Finally, this collaboration will continue with the visit of a delegation from Evry and Genopole to UAH in early November. This visit will be an opportunity for the delegation to visit and work with UAH and the Hudson-Alpha Biotechnology Institute and Cummings Research Park in Huntsville, the second largest research park in the United States, to develop joint research projects and exchanges of researchers and students.
Pierre Gourjon, Deputy Attaché for Science and Technology, General Consulate of France in Atlanta