The Science and Technology Service (SST) of the French Embassy in the United States is a network of 22 agents spread across the entire American territory: at the Embassy in Washington DC and in the consulates general of 6 other cities (Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco). The SST includes an advisor, 8 attachés, 9 project managers and 4 administrative staff. Each brings their own scientific expertise and different transversal skills. This geographical and cross-thematic organization allows the SST to cover most scientific fields ranging from emerging technologies (artificial intelligence, blockchains, 6G, quantum computing), to biotechnologies including the environment, health and agriculture.
This diversity of knowledge and skills facilitates dialogue with American scientists and decision makers within universities and federal agencies involved in research. It also benefits the development of strong and lasting relationships between French research stakeholders (organizations, universities and colleges, technology transfer centers, companies, expatriate scientific community, etc.) and American scientific partners.
Under the supervision of the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs (in particular the Directorate of Culture, Teaching, Research and Network), the SST also maintains close links with the Ministry of Higher Education, of Research and Innovation. It works in liaison with the major players in research in France and cooperates with the other services of the Embassy (cultural service, economic service, press service, etc.), which allows it to take into account societal and economic implications of scientific advances and new technologies that are shaping the world of tomorrow.
Finally, the SST works in close collaboration with representatives of the CNRS, INSERM, CNES, CEA and INRAE present at the French Embassy in Washington DC. Together, they form a common mission grouped under the France Science label.