The National Academy of Technologies of France (hereinafter the Academy or its widely accepted Anglo-Saxon acronym NATF) was first created as an Association, in December 2000, changing to the status of Public Administrative Establishment by law in 2007. As of 2013, the Academy benefits from the protection of the President of the French Republic, and thereby joins the ranks of the older academies with official recognition of its mission and its actions deemed in the public’s interests.
The key distinguishing feature of the NATF is the professional diversity of its Fellow members: technologists, engineers and industrialists, research scientists, agronomists, architects, medical practitioners, sociologists, economists, with a strong representation of head of industrial R&D directorates.
The Academy has a mission, shared values and a vision.
It has also adopted a mid-term strategic plan. This plan - which the Academy aims at accomplishing over the coming 5 years, pursuing its mission and reinforcing its action - is in keeping with France’s new industrial policy lines and hopefully enables the Academy to have a positive impact on Society.
The NATF Strategic Plan is the result of an ensemble of reflections and actions conducted not only within the Academy, but also in concertation with other institutions involved in governance of Research/Innovation in France, notably the Ministry for Higher Education and Research, the Ministry for Industry, the CESE (the national Economic, Social and Environmental Council), OPECST (French Parliamentary Office of Assessment of Scientific and Technology Policy decisions), plus other academies in France and elsewhere via NATF’s active participation in organizations such as Euro-CASE.
The NATF Strategic Plan and this document “NATF IDENTITY/STRATEGY” were approved by vote at the Academy’s June 11 Plenary Session.