Visit of the Scientific Counselor at Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Chicago.
Dr. Yves Frenot was appointed Counselor for Science and Technology at the Embassy of France in the United States in Washington, DC on September 2018. It was his second visit in Chicago since then. The visit took place on Monday, April 15 and was an opportunity to see Argonne national laboratory and meet the 2019 FACCTS laureates.
From left to right : Mégane Chesné (Deputy Scientific Attaché), Lee Zachos (Laboratory Partnerships and Outreach Manager), Greg Morin (Director of the Office of strategy), James Dat (Scientific Attaché), Venkat Srinivasan (Director, Argonne Collaborative Center for Energy Storage Science), Kawtar Hafidi (Associate Laboratory Director), Yves Frénot (Scientific Counselor)
During the visit of Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), the Office for Science and Technology (OST) delegation composed of the Counselor, the Scientific Attaché and his deputy, met Argonne officials and discussed partnerships between the laboratory and France, in particular with CEA Saclay. Argonne has been part of the France And Chicago Collaborating in the Sciences (FACCTS) program since 2014.
France And Chicago Collaborating in The Sciences (FACCTS) is a program designed to enhance science at the University of Chicago by encouraging closer relations between researchers in the Physical Sciences Division (PSD), The Biological Sciences Division (BSD), and the Institute for Molecular Engineering (IME) and high-level research teams and institutions of higher education in France. The FACCTS program seeks to accomplish this goal by providing seed funding for new and potentially fruitful project-based collaborations. Through a partnership with Argonne National Laboratory and Fermilab, researchers at these two national laboratories are also eligible for FACCTS support, and are encouraged to apply. In 2019, for its eleventh edition, sixteen research projects were selected and will be supported in 2019-
2020 for a total amount of $292,700 in physics, astronomy, geophysics, biological sciences, ecology and medicine.
Greg Morin, ANL’s Strategy Director, made an overview of ANL and presented their strategic development areas such as energy storage, and their desire to continue and strengthen the partnerships with French institutions.
The OST delegation then met at the University of Chicago campus with most of the 2019 FACCTS laureates from the physic, chemistry, and biology departments. The laureates were able to discuss the various projects they have in partnership with French institutions such as the Ecole Polytechique, CERN, the Institut Astrophysique de Paris, the Ecole des Mines, CEA-Saclay, the IN2P3 laboratory and several