ATLANTA – Georgia State University hosted a distinguished group of French science and technology diplomats for a series of on-campus meetings last week that showcased the university’s diverse research community. The purpose of the visit was to promote bilateral partnerships in science, technology and innovation between France and the United States, as well as exchanges between researchers, PhD students and entrepreneurs.
“Research is truly a universal language, and when we come together with international peers, it opens up so many avenues of learning,” said Wolfgang Schlör, Associate Provost for International Initiatives at Georgia State, who attended the visit. “We were pleased to see a wealth of common ground and overlapping interests on both sides.”
Visitors to the campus included Mireille Guyader, Science and Technology Advisor to the French Ambassador; Rami Abi-Akl, Atlanta Science and Technology Attaché; and Leah Mamoune, Finance and Administration Director for Science and Technology. From the state of Georgia, they were welcomed by representatives from the Institute for Biomedical Sciences, the J. Mack Robinson College of Business and the Office of International Initiatives, as well as Tim Denning, Vice President for Research and Economic Development.
Over lunch, Denning gave a brief overview of the history of the state of Georgia and the remarkable development of research at the university over the past few decades. “We’ve had remarkable growth without the benefits of some of the traditional engines that other universities have in terms of medical, technical, and agricultural schools,” Denning said. “We’re almost like an electric car – a whole different kind of engine under the hood, but still amazing performance and potential.”
Guyader shared how France’s international cooperation in areas such as physical and mental health, the environment, pandemic preparedness and new technologies is driving progress on a global scale. She also highlighted existing French programs to encourage research connections, such as the Chateaubriand fellowship program for Ph.D. Students who provide financial support to initiate or strengthen collaborations and joint projects between French and American research teams.
“Bringing different minds, different perspectives, and different expertise together can help us conduct richer and more creative research,” said Abi-Akl. “We want to promote that as much as possible.”
Find out more about the French Embassy Science and Technology Office, opportunities, programs and events at https://franceintheus.org/spip.php?article415.
You can also learn more about the State of Georgia’s Office of International Initiatives and its work at https://international.gsu.edu/.