Workshop for French Young Scientists – UCI – March 3, 2008
The Office for Science and Technology of the French Embassy in the U.S. with the helpful collaboration of Jean-Luc Gaudiot, Professor and Chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science of UCI, organized a day dedicated to young French scientists in Southern California, in partnership with French BioBeach, a local organization in San Diego, and with the support of the Department of Pharmacology at UCI. Hosted at the Student Center, the workshop was inaugurated by Nicolaos Alexopoulos, Dean of the Henry Samueli School of Engineering, and by Philippe Larrieu, Consul General of France.
About a dozen of postdoctoral fellows and graduate students with various scientific backgrounds presented their work-in-progress to the scientific audience composed of french young scientists and representatives of main french research organizations: Florence Béranger, Scientific Attache and Inserm representative, Patrick Bernier, CNRS Director for Canada and U.S. , Odile Vilotte, Scientific Attache and Inra Representative, Richard Salives, Inserm School- Research Scientists Mission, Sébastien Dagault, YEi Project Manager, Michel Israël, Scientific Counselor of the French Embassy in the U.S. The closing session included a general discussion with these representatives followed by a cocktail.
This first event in Southern California was a success. It was the occasion for the thirty young scientists, coming from local universities, to develop their professional network, to be aware of the French research landscape, and to learn about the unique opportunity to pursue their project to create an innovative company in France with YEi.
Following this first success and the existing demand, the aim is now to perpetuate this kind of event annually.