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Pascal Viginier elected president of the National Academy of Technologies of France

Pascal Viginier, former Vice-President of the Academy of Technologies in 2017-2018, was elected President of the Academy of Technologies for a two-year period (2019-2020). He took office on 1 January 2019, succeeding Bruno Jarry. The Plenary Assembly also renewed the governance of the Academy, electing on 14 November 2018 the members of the Bureau, the Academic Council, the Committees and the Chairs of the Commissions for the period 2019-2020. Edwige Bonnevie was elected General Delegate and Dominique Vernay, Vice-President.

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The National Academy of Technologies of France (NATF) has renewed its governance 2017-2018, electing President Alain Bravo and Vice-President Bruno Jarry.

During its November 9, 2016 plenary session, the National Academy of Technologies of France (NATF) elected the members of its Executive Bureau, of the Academic Council, of the Executive Committees and the Chairpersons of the NATF Standing Committees for the term of office 2017-2018.

In his inaugural address, at the NATF Plenary session January 11, 2017, President Bravo declared that he wanted to “stay firmly on course”, ensuring that the Academy remain to the forefront with respect to the following priority thematics: “vocational training, apprenticeships and, more generally, promoting technology-intensive awareness culture vis-a-vis scientific culture. These thematics lie at the core of our national school, higher education and research strategies; likewise in terms of a New Industrial France and in terms of the impacts of innovation on the domestic labour market”.

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The National Academy of Technologies of France (NATF) has been led to the conclusion – following in-depth studies on recent results due to introduction of new technologies in the complex area of health issues and their interactions with foodstuffs and feeding – that there are emerging generations of new products that underscore the importance of this sector to the French economy. NATF would strongly welcome a modification of existing rules and regulations that would enhance and accelerate their development.

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Climate change: the potential of technologies must be mustered

Government ratifications of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change commenced April 22, 2016 at the New York UN Headquarters. It is in this context that the National Academy of Technologies of France (NATF hereinafter) is issuing an Academic report covering those technologies that contribute to reduction of greenhouse gas (GHGs) emission and to adaptation measures to be taken in our national economies.

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The National Academy of Technologies of France (NATF) recommends that dynamic management policies in favour of biodiversity be included in land planning schemes

The Academic Advice Note approved by vote in the NATF’s December 2015 plenary session - resulting as it did from several years of investigations and debates carried out jointly with the Academy of Agriculture of France - recommends that all land planning schemes and projects include, as of the formal impact assessment stage, all the dimensions of biodiversity, whether positive or negative. In this respect, NATF addresses a series of recommendations to public authorities for consideration in the framework of (or as a complement to) the draft bill of law entitled “To reconquer biodiversity, Nature and landscapes”, currently under examination at the Senate French Upper House).

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Big Data: a major competitivity challenge for French companies

L’Académie des technologies appelle les pouvoirs publics à développer de façon intensive
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Le Big Data est un changement de paradigme qui mérite un accompagnement des pouvoirs publics, notamment en termes d’éducation/formation, et une prise de conscience des grandes entreprises. Telle est en substance la conclusion des réflexions de l’Académie des technologies, qui livre, dans un rapport qui vient de paraître, une analyse « Opportunités/Menaces » de l’impact du Big Data pour les entreprises françaises.

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Energy and carbon prints effects of ICTs on energy consumption round the world: a clearly positive net balance

Quel est l’impact des technologies de l’information et de la communication (TIC) sur la consommation énergétique de nos sociétés et quelles sont les émissions de gaz à effets de serre imputables à ce secteur ?
L’Académie des technologies a auditionné de nombreux experts français et étrangers afin d’évaluer le bilan énergétique et environnemental « du puits à la roue » imputable au secteur des TIC, en considérant les impacts générés pour le fonctionnement de ses différents appareils et infrastructures, et les économies qu’il génère dans les autres secteurs d’activité. Le bilan énergétique et carbone des TIC, conclut le rapport de l’Académie, présente un solde nettement positif.

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Technology and Climate Change Several solutions to mitigate the effects and to adapt

In the current context of the COP21 [Conference of the Parties, Paris], the National Academy of Technologies of France (NATF) decided to investigate the technologies useful for mitigation of the effects of and allowing for adaptation to climate changes. The findings were embodied in an Advice Note (cf. attachment) adopted by vote at the Academy’s Nov.4 plenary session. The NATF Advice Note summarizes the main conclusions of a detailed Academic Report that will be enriched during 2016, during which France will preside the COP.

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Franco-German statement on the energy transition

National academies recommend collaborative policies and identify areas for a closer cooperation
Paris, 10th July 2015. In preparation of the 21st United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21), the French and German national academies of science and technology have published a joint statement advocating a stronger partnership between the two countries.
This statement points out the fundamental challenges raised for the future - e.g., meeting the world energy demand, restraining energy consumption in developed countries and reducing global emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG). While France and Germany have taken different courses in handling their electrical energy generation system (which only represents about 25% of their energy consumption), they also have many common issues.
The two countries can share knowledge and learn from each other’s successes and difficulties, they can anticipate challenges ahead and identify areas for a closer scientific and technological cooperation. The four academies thus propose several cross-cutting subjects - e.g., energy efficiency, energy grids, mobility, nuclear technologies, renewable energy and energy storage, social and economic aspects - which could benefit from of a closer scientific and technological cooperation between the two countries. They also emphasise the need for a better perception of energy issues and their implications in society at large. Finally, the academies claim for a systemic approach for EU-wide energy policies.