Archive for 2015

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21/10/2015 Delft University of Technology

Euro-CASE annual conference 2015: Engineering Smart Cities of the Future

On November 2nd , 2015, [from 10.00 to 18.00 CET at the Conference Centre of the Delft University of Technology ] the Netherlands Academy for Technology and Innovation (AcTI) will host the 2015 Annual Conference of Euro-CASE, the European Council of Academies of Applied Sciences, Technologies and Engineering.
For this occasion, AcTI has converged its annual Innovation Conference and the Euro-CASE Annual Conference, extending it to a high level European Conference inspired by the grand societal challenges: Engineering Smart Cities of the Future.
The Conference addresses the question which influence engineering, technology and innovation can and will have on the development of smart cities. The focus will be on finding, developing and realising new, better and more exciting solutions for our future cities. This requires a dynamic interaction of vision, public administration and implementation by innovative companies. During this conference the long term vision on the development of smart cities serves as a starting point and base line.

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INNOVATION, START-UPs AND REJUVENATION

We can readily see the emergence of new collaborative economy platforms, a ‘horizontalisation’ of Society … and deduce that a technological, social and organizational revolution is under way today. During the September 2015 Plenary session, devoted to “Innovation, Start-ups and Rejuvenation, the Academy under the initiative of its Vice-President, Alain Bravo examined several positive examples of the transition observed:

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A Symposium Honouring Professor Erol Gelenbe - Imperial College, London

The Symposium addresses areas where Erol Gelenbe is active: Science and Engineering Policy, Stochastic Networks, Computer and Network Quality of Service, Machine Learning and Bioinformatics
Erol Gelenbe, Dennis Gabor Professor in the Electrical & Electronic Engineering Dept. (EEE), is Head of the Intelligent Systems and Networks (ISN) Group since 2004. 

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13/05/2015 Conférences TAG, Exposition universelle, Milan

THE ‘TAG’ LECTURES – EXPO MILANO

The TAG lectures, framed to be short and dynamic, allow the audience to come to grips with the major issues of research in the areas of agriculture and food, with a perspective of attaining sustainable development targets. Five thematics are offered – Foodstuffs, Agriculture, Climate Change, Environment and Health.
These themes illustrate how France is contributing to world foods supply issues through management and conservations of natural resources, new agricultural models, foodstuff safety …
The lecturers come from the major research and training establishments: universities, public research units, engineering schools and foundations. Among these personalities invite we have 4 NATF Fellows: Marc Mortureux, Director General of ANSES, Prof. Yves Lévi, University Paris Sud (Paris X), Bernard Chevassus-au-Louis, Inspector General French Ministry of Agriculture, Pierre Monsan, Director of Toulouse White Biotechnology.

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THE ‘TAG’ LECTURES AT EXPO MILANO

The TAG lectures, framed to be short and dynamic, allow the audience to come to grips with the major issues of research in the areas of agriculture and food, with a perspective of attaining sustainable development targets. Five thematics are offered – Foodstuffs, Agriculture, Climate Change, Environment and Health.
The lecturers come from the major research and training establishments: universities, public research units, engineering schools and foundations. Among these personalities invite we have 4 NATF Fellows: Marc Mortureux, Director General of ANSES, Prof. Yves Lévi, University Paris Sud (Paris X), Bernard Chevassus-au-Louis, Inspector General French Ministry of Agriculture, Pierre Monsan, Director of Toulouse White Biotechnology.

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INAE-NATF Workshop on “Technology and Healthcare”

The first joint Workshop with National Academy of Technology, France (NATF) on “Technology and Health-Care” with emphasis on Bioinformatics was held on 15-16 October, at Évry-Génopôle, France. The second INAE-NATF Workshop on “Technology and HealthCare” with emphasis on Affordable Healthcare & Bioinformatics was organized from April 15-17, 2015 at National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), Bangalore. Dr. Rajeev Shorey and Prof. PE Bost were the Coordinators of this event from INAE and NATF respectively. The aim of the workshop was to discuss the increasingly technology driven progress in affordable healthcare sector. The two and a half day workshop included current and important topics in healthcare, bioinformatics and related areas. Nine speakers from France and ten from India had participated in the event. During the two and half day workshop, technical visits to Department of Bio Sciences, IISc, Bangalore, Nano Science & Engineering Centre, IISc, Bangalore, National Centre for Biological Sciences, Institute of Stem Cell & Regenerative Medicine and Centre for Cellular & Molecular Platforms were also organized.

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INAE-NATF WORKSHOP: “TECHNOLOGY AND HEALTHCARE”

The first joint Workshop with National Academy of Technology, France (NATF) on “Technology and Health-Care” with emphasis on Bioinformatics was held on 15-16 October, at Évry-Génopôle, France.
Dr. Rajeev Shorey and Prof. PE Bost were the Coordinators of this event from INAE and NATF respectively.

IAF DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARDS 2015

Jean-Pierre Marec was amongst the 15 Nominees to the Distinguished Service Award 2015.
The IAF Distinguished Service Award is intended to reward active volunteers for their contributions to the progress of astronautics and the Federation.
The awards ceremony took place during the 2015 Spring Meetings – IPC General Meeting on 26 March 2015.
Jean-Pierre Marec acts an important part as volunteer inside the federation during 33 years, developing the astrodynamics committee which is one of the best technical committee and increasing the fame of IAF with the quality of the review Acta Astronautica. Jean-Pierre Marec is a member of the Academy of technologies of France.

FOURTEEN NEW FELLOWS ELECTED TO THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF TECHNOLOGIES OF FRANCE (NATF)

At its statutory plenary session, December 9, 2014, NATF elected fourteen new Fellows; the Academy now has 298 Members.
Members of NATF are chosen from “high level personalities offering the best skills in various technology-intensive areas, but also competent on the processes associated with technologies, from research to applications, from finance to dissemination, covering economic, social and cultural factors”.
The newly elected Fellows are: François BERTIERE, Gérald BRONNER, Alain CADIX, Corinne GENDRO, Marc GIGET, Zhongchao HA, Philippe JAMET, Abderrahmane KHEDDAR, Laurence DANON, Patrick MAESTRO, Sophie MOUGARD, Denis RANQU, Rudy RICCIOTTI, Jacques SOUQUET.

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CLIMATE CHANGE: TECHNOLOGIES IN AGRICULTURE

Agriculture is responsible for ¼ of the greenhouse gases (GHGs) that arise through human activities. In order to feed an ever-increasing population on Earth, agriculture crop efficiencies will continue to grow - 14% per decade according to Inra (national agro-research establishment). Technologies therefore have a major role to play to limit the impact on the climate.
During a recent NATF session on “the role of technologies to moderate climate change”, Marion Guillou, NATF Fellow and Chair of the Board of Agreenium, interviewed Jean-François Soussana, senior research scientist at Inra (national agro-research establishment); they reviewed together the measures that need to be implemented if we want to decrease GHG emissions in the agricultural sector.