Scientific Watch N°13 - From 10/09/2015 to 10/23/2015

Please find every other two weeks a small Scientific Watch regarding cultural and scientific activities in France. [2015-N°13 from 10/09/2015 to 10/23/2015]

From 09/26/2015 to 10/09/2015

Editors :

Julie METTA, Scientific Officer - Hong Kong

Justin MONIER, Scientific Officer - Hong Kong

Isabelle SAVES, Attachée for Scientific & Academic Affairs - Hong Kong

Contact :




1- Energy & Environment

1.1- The France extends its maritime area of nearly 500 000 km2

France has extended to almost 500 000 km² its maritime area thanks to its overseas territories. France, which has the second largest maritime area in the world after the United States, with 11 million km², has extended its maritime area of about the size of France said Benedict Loubrieu, one of the managers from the French program Extraplac (IFREMER)

Published on the 20 mintues’s website, on the 29th of September 2015 Source

1.2- The French government extend the grant for electric cars

Six months after having established the € 10 000 (90 000 HKD) bonus granted to those who leave aside their diesel car (older than 14 years) to purchase an electric car, the Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy. Mrs Ségolène Royal, has announced that cars over ten years would now also be eligible for this scheme.

Published on the Boursorama’s website, on the 10th of October 2015 Source

1.3- From climate to global change: the CNRS at the forefront

Multidisciplinary by nature and interdisciplinary by purpose, the CNRS is a major player in all the scientific fields associated with global change. It will contribute with its scientific expertise to the UN 21st Conference of the Parties on Climate Change (COP 21) to be held in Paris in late 2015.

Published on the CNRS’s website Source

1.4- Asian hornet: the end of its expansion?

Researchers from the Institute of research on the insect biology (IRBI - François Rabelais University of Tours / CNRS) have recently made a discovery that could lead to reduce the expansion of the Asian hornet in Europe. They demonstrated that hornets suffer from a kind of depression phenomenon.

Published on the CNRS’s website, on the 19th of October 2015 Source

1.5- "The climate under surveillance": a media device to educate young people about climate change

Ahead of COP21, to be held in Paris from November 30 to December 11 2015, The French Research Institute for Development (IRD) offers to the general public and schools: "The climate under surveillance", an interactive web platform, public events and movies about studies of climate change.

Please find out more information about this platform on the following website

Published on the IRD’s website, on the 16th of October 2015 Source

1.6- Biodiversity increases the resistance of ecosystem productivity to climate extremes

An international team of researchers has demonstrated that the high biodiversity of grasslands increases the resilience of these ecosystems to a wide range of climatic events (droughts, heat waves, extreme rainfall). This work, led by Dr. Michel Loreau from the CNRS (Experimental Ecology Station in Moulins), was published in October 14, 2015 in journal Nature.

Published on the Nature’s website, on the 14th of October 2015 Source or Nature

1.7- Mathematical Modelling of Wind Damage to Forests

This workshop, held by the Joint Research Unit "Atmosphere Plant and Soil Interactions" (ISPA-INRA - University of Bordeaux ), will bring together forest wind risk modellers and experts in airflow modelling, climate modelling and engineering risk analysis.

Date: From the 27th to 30th of October in Arcachon (FRANCE)

Published on the INRA’s website Source

1.8- France warns of security risks caused by global warming

Climate and international security are closely linked, said the French Minister of foreign affairs, Mr Laurent Fabius, in the run-up to landmark UN climate change conference in Paris. Major droughts, floods and famines may force people to migrate and increase the risk of conflicts. Making the transition to renewable energy sources will help ease power struggles over the control of oil and natural gas resources, Laurent Fabius said.

Published on the Guardian’s website, on the 14th of October 2015 Source


2- Health & Society

2.1- 7th International Conference on Polyphenols and Health

The International Conference on Polyphenols and Health (ICPH) is the largest international forum to present and discuss the latest trends, subjects and developments in the field of polyphenols, science and health. This conference will be held from 27th to the 30th october in Tours (France)

Please find more information in the following website

Published on the INRA’s website Source

2.2- A new gene potentially involved in diabete

A new study on mouse cells shows that the expression of a gene (CXCR1) is greatly reduced when diabete type I occurs. This work was funded by the French government and lead by French National Institute for Agricultural Research (Inra), the National College of Vegetary Medecine, Food Science and Engineering (Nantes-Atlantic)and the University of Nantes

Published on the INRA’s website on the 14th of october 2015 Source


3- Research and Education

3.1- The bounded L2 curvature conjecture

Announced 15 years ago, L2 curvature conjecture was finally demonstrated by a group of three researchers from the Laboratory Jacques-Louis Lions (CNRS / Pierre and Marie Curie Universitiy / Université Paris Diderot) and Princeton University (USA). It provides a potentially minimal framework in which it is possible to solve the equations of Einstein. This could be a crucial step towards the demonstration of major conjecture, as the cosmic censorship conjecture Penrose. This work was published Oct. 14, 2015 in the journal Inventiones Mathematicae.

Published on CNRS website on the 14th of October 2015 Source

3.2- Flexible Light Emitting Diodes Based on Vertical Nitride Nanowires..

Researchers from CNRS, CEA, University Paris-Sud and the University Joseph Fourier (Grenoble) have developed a new process for flexible light emitting diodes (LED). These researchers have produced the first flexible green LED with nanomaterial in the world and the first multilayer system combining blue and green emissions, a crucial step before getting screens and white deformable LED. Their work was published in the Journal Nano Letters, in October 14, 2015.

Published on CNRS website on the 14th of October 2015 Source

3.3- Finding optimal surface sites on heterogeneous catalysts by counting nearest neighbours

This is a key step toward democratized hydrogen vehicles, more efficient catalytic compounds, cleaner factories ... Researchers have developed a simple and rapid method to improve the effectiveness of a family of catalysts. This progress is the result of a collaboration between theorists chemists from the laboratory of “Ecole Normale Supérieure” of Lyon (CNRS / ENS Lyon / University Claude Bernard Lyon 1) and the University of Leiden (Netherlands), and some chemists from the Technical University of Munich and the Ruhr University in Bochum (Germany). Their work was published in the journal Science on October 9, 2015.

Published on CNRS website on the 09th of October 2015 Source

3.4- CNRS Youth Conference "Science and Citizens": 25 years of debates about science

450 young Europeans and one hundred researchers from all disciplines met from the 16th to the 18th of October 2015 at the Futuroscope in Poitiers, for the 25th CNRS Youth Conference "Science and Citizens". They debated and exchangde on issues of science related to the COP21, the banking crisis and the place of religion in our society. For 25 years, this appointment has allowed researchers and young people to think together on tomorrow’s society. This event is open to the public.

Published on Find-EMBA website on the 19th of October 2015 Source

3.5- Welcome to DataLead

True to their commitment to innovation and data science expertise the University of California Berkeley (through its Berkeley MFE Program, Haas School of Business) and the French "Grande Ecole" ENSAE ParisTech (University Paris Saclay) have once again joined their forces to organize the second edition of DataLead conference (a conference about big data), from Thursday November 5th to Friday November 6th in the Conference Center of AXA GIE (Paris).

Date and venue: Paris, France, 5th and 6th November 2015

Find out more information in the DataLead website


4- Technology & Transport

4.1- OuiHop’ a new app of carpooling

Launched 10 days ago, the 13th of october 2015, a Parisian start-up named OuiHop’s offers a carpool application without financial transaction between the driver and the passenger.

Published on the Mobilicité’s website on the 13th of October 2015 Source

4.2- Small solar catamarans

Aeronautical and boating enthusiast, Eric Magré invented a solar catamaran awarded in 2013 with the gold medal of the “Concours Lépine”. Today, its autonomous ship is commercialized and sails across seas and lakes.

Published on the’s website on the 08th of October 2015 : - Source

4.3- An electrical car made in France suitable for disabled person

Founded in 2011, the company Electra took the challenge to develop manufacture and market the first electric minivan facilitating independent movement of people with disabilities. This is now done with Kimsi. After four years of development, this small electric car fits all disabilities and can be used without a permit from 14 years.

Published on We demain’s website on 12th of October 2015 : - Source

publié le 23/10/2015

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