Workshops for French Young Scientists – 2009 Edition

The second edition of the Workshops for French Young Scientists took place in Southern California in November 2009. Two events were organized : a first one in San Diego, on November 18. and a second one in Los Angeles on November 20., respectively at The Scripps Research Institute and the University of Southern California. Around thirty French students and scientists working in the USA listened to the eleven talks given in San Diego and the sixteen talks in Los Angeles gathered an audience of around forty people. These talks were given by some of the attendees and described their respective research focus and results. These were followed by presentations given by the French Research Organisms representatives - Florence Beranger for INSERM (see link for more information) and Jean Favero for CNRS (see link for more information) – as well as by the newly appointed French Counselor for Science and Technology at the French Embassy : Annick Suzor-Weiner. These presentations tackled the reforms under way in the French research system as well as the new programs and career opportunities that have been created. Geraldine Quetin, Project Manager for the French program Young Entrepreneurs initiative, then presented the opportunities for small business creation in France.

The subjects of the presentations given in San Diego highlighted the major research focus on Life Sciences in this area. The presentations tackled subjects in oceanography, climatology, molecular biology, genetics, etc. and scientists working in the major research institutes in the area – The Scripps Research Institute, the Scripps Institute od Oceanography, the Salk Institute, the University of California, San Diego and Irvine, the La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology, the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research – attended the event.

Abstracts of the presentations can be found here

The subjects of the presentations given in Los Angeles were more diverse : astronomy, robotics, computer sciences, molecular biology, environmental studies, neurobiology, genetics, etc. Students and scientists working in the major research centers in the Los Angeles area – University of Southern California, University of California, Los Angeles, Irvine and Riverside, the Californian Institute of Technology, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration – attended the event.

Abstracts of the presentations can be found here

These two events were the opportunity for attendees to meet each other and to learn about there respective research focuses. They could also meet the French organisms representatives, talk with them about the evolutions of the French research system and voice their expectations concerning career plans to go back to France. The discussions were numerous and interesting during the networking cocktails that took place at the end of both events.

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