France Science Summit EN

8:00 am Welcome Coffee
8:45 am Inaugural Summit Address

His Excellency Ambassador Laurent Bili 

Mireille Guyader, Counselor for Science and Technology

Sylvette Tourmente, Director of the CNRS Office for the United States and Mexico

9:00 am Session I – New applications in biological and medical research to handle health issues

Opening Session with Yasmine Belkaid, Ph.D., Director NIAID Microbiome program, Co-Director NIH Center for Human Immunology, Chief of Metaorganism Immunity Section, Chief Laboratory of Host Immunity and Microbiome  & Laboratory of Host Immunity and Microbiome, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), NIH, Bethesda

“ Microbiome control of host immunity” 

Panel Discussion and Q&A with:
Jean-Laurent Casanova, MD, PhD, Levy Family Professor at The Rockefeller University, Senior Attending Physician at The Rockefeller University Hospital and Head of St. Giles Laboratory of Human Genetics of Infectious Diseases, NYC, Investigator at Howard Hughes Medical Institute, DC, Professor at Université Paris Cité and Hôpital Necker Enfants Malades, Paris, and co-leader of an Inserm International Research Project

Emmanuelle Passegué, Ph.D., Alumni Professor of Genetics and Development, Director, Columbia Stem Cell Initiative, Columbia University, NYC

Kelly O’Shea, Chateaubriand laureate, University of Illinois, Chicago 

Moderated by Naomi Taylor, Senior Investigator at the National Cancer Institute, NIH, Bethesda, and co-leader of a CNRS International Research Project

10:30 am Coffee Break 
10:45 am Session II – Environmental research at the crossroads of short- and long-term global challenges

Opening Session with Stéphane Hallegatte, Senior Climate Change Adviser, The World Bank, Washington D.C. 

Panel Discussion and Q&A with:
Sylvain Barone, Researcher in political science at the National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and the Environment (INRAE) in the G-EAU laboratory in Montpellier, and visiting scholar at the University of Arizona, Tucson 

Gabrielle Dreyfus, Chief scientist, Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development, Georgetown University, Washington D.C.  

Adam Chmurzynski, PhD Candidate and Chateaubriand Laureate, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, The University of Arizona, Tucson 

Moderated by Sky Dominguez, MSc, Assistant Director of Engagement and Development for the CNRS International Research Center, The University of Arizona, Tucson

12:15 pm Buffet Lunch 
1:45 pm Session III – Emerging technologies at the heart of tomorrow’s challenges  

Opening Session with Oussama Khatib, Professor and Director of Stanford Robotics Lab and Department of Computer Science, Stanford University, Palo Alto, and co-leader of a CNRS International Research Project

Panel Discussion and Q&A with:
Manijeh Razeghi, Walter P. Murphy professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and director and founder of Center for Quantum Device at Northwestern University, Chicago 

Anne-Elisabeth Courrier, Associate Professor in Law, Nantes University, Visiting Fellow at the Center for Ethics, Emory University, Atlanta  

Raza Sheikh, Chateaubriand Laureate, Graduate Student Researcher, University of Pittsburgh 

Moderated by Rémi Soummer, Director of the Optics Lab at the Space Telescope Science Institute (STSI), Baltimore, and co-leader of a CNRS International Research Project

3:15 pm Coffee Break
3:30 pm

3:50 pm

Overview of Franco-American Partnerships, highlighting key cooperation tools:

George F. Koob, Director, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and Senior Investigator, Intramural Research Program, National Institute on Drug Abuse at NIH, Bethesda (virtual)

José-Alain Sahel, Distinguished Professor and Endowed Chair of Ophthalmology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Director of the Vision institute at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center; Emeritus Professor of Ophthalmology, Sorbonne University; Honorary Professor of Biomedical Sciences, Institute of Ophthalmology University College London; Adjunct Professor, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh and Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel 

Panel Discussion and Q&A with:

Lisa Bernstein, Ph.D., Academic Exchange Specialist at the Department of State, Washington D.C., and responsible for the Fulbright exchange programs with France, Germany, Italy, Malta, and Switzerland 

Jean-Laurent Casanova, Professor and Director of St. Giles Laboratory of Human Genetics of Infectious Diseases, The Rockefeller University, NYC, and co-leader of an Inserm International Research Project

Laetitia Zecchini, CNRS researcher, and project manager of a CNRS-UChicago International Research Laboratory

Albert Ruhí Vidal, Assistant Professor of Freshwater Ecology and Conservation at the University of California, Berkeley, and co-coordinator of the INRAE International Associated Laboratory MacLife, on climate change ecology

Moderated by Regis Ferriere, Professor at The University of Arizona, Tucson, Deputy Director of a CNRS International Research Center and Director of a CNRS International Research Laboratory

4:50 pm Break
4:55 pm “Artistic odyssey traversing science” First edition photo competition awards

Jury & Audience Awards

5:10 pm Closing Remarks 

Kendra Sharp, Office Head, Office of International Science and Engineering, National Science Foundation

Jason Donovan, Office Head, Office for Science and Technology Cooperation, Department of State

Aurélien  Lechevallier, Director General for Globalization, Culture, Education and International Development at the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs


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