The Office for Science and Technology at the Consulate of France in Chicago publishes a monthly newsletter in English, which contains news about local scientific community but also news from french scientific community
This month, our newsletter begins with the INRA proposal to recruit doctoral candidates on Young Scientist Contracts for 3 years, as well as financial news that the new budget proposal for 2014 released by all US Departments and that new funding for the next five years has been approved for bioenergy centers.
Biofuels stay at the forefront this month with new research for the optimization of the biofuel process (plant cell wall chemistry, termite digestion to enhance biomass degradation), and the diversification of the resources with camelina approved by EPA.
We would like to start with news that the Joint Programming Initiative on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change coordinated by NIFA (USDA) for the United States has launched an international call to work for the reduction of agricultural greenhouse gas.
The Science and Technology Office of the French Consulate of Chicago would like to wish you and your family a very happy and healthy new year!
The French Science Office would like to thank all of the partners and attendees to the 2nd Annual French American Science Festival, organized in partnership with Northwestern University and the Delegation des Alliances Francaises. The festival succeeded in reuniting scientific personalities to discuss science mediation and outreach programs through the theme of sustainable development for all. Students from Chicago and the Midwest learned about a variety of science fields through hands-on experiences.
The Science and Technology Office would like to invite you to the 2nd Annual French-American Science Festival on Monday, October 29th - Tuesday, October 30th at the Lurie Atrium at Northwestern University’s downtown campus. The festival will comprise of hands-on activities, cafes de sciences, workshops, film presentations, a scientific conference with a keynote speaker and a cocktail and poster session.
The French Office for Science and Technology in Chicago hopes that you enjoyed a great summer and wishes you the best for this coming fall season.
Bio-fuel continues to be a major topic of this newsletter due to the developments over the summer dealing with the severe drought that affected the US. Bio-fuel research is developing into advanced generation of projects that avoid the use of corn. The articles posted show the studies being made to receive new and better results on the renewable energy front. This is because of a feud between food and fuel as farmers and producers battle over price increases and production. Therefore, this issue continues to be devoted to all developments concerning agriculture in the Midwest, the US and France.
This month, we would like to highlight the new partnership between US Department Of Energy and French Commission on Atomic Energy and Alternative Energies to work together on energy efficiency and cost-competitiveness throughout the global energy sector.
Furthermore, we would like to inform you that we will not be releasing a scientific newsletter in August. The next one will be published in September. Have a great summer !
This month we would like to highlight the conclusions of the G8 outreach symposium on food security and price volatility, a subject of global importance.
Furthermore, we would like to bring attention to the recent breakthrough research in plant genomics. For example, please find news links on the International Consortium of the Tomato Genome, the recent analysis of the maize genome, the studies on domesticated rice, and the sequencing and mapping of foxtail millet for biofuel production.