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French Scientific and Cultural Diplomacy$
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Philippe Lane

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781846318658

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781846318658.001.0001

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Science and University Diplomacy

Science and University Diplomacy

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French Scientific and Cultural Diplomacy

Philippe Lane

Liverpool University Press

Ranking twentieth by population, France is considered to be the fifth scientific power; priorities address mathematics, physics, nuclear science, agronomy and archaeology, transport, infrastructure, space exploration and aeronautics, digital technologies and nanotechnologies, devising therapies for neurodegenerative illnesses, preventing disease through nutrition and food traceability, valuing the whole planet, not simply its consumable parts: these are fields of cooperation. The French system of research involves establishing competitiveness centres; fundamental research by France supports the European Research Council; improving the fiscal attractiveness of France can counteract offshoring; joint-technology initiatives promote long-term public-private partnerships in research and development in medicine, embedded computing systems, aeronautics and aviation, projects in nanoelectronics and other strategic topics. Expertise is shared developing countries, during and following periods of crisis – the spread of social and legal norms, along with sanitation and environmental issues through the training of experts and of the trainers themselves. University cooperation relies on training and research networks, student and teacher exchanges, exchanging good practice, and the university subject of French studies; networking is important for university cooperation. Present in regional offices, on the Internet and television, the Agence universitaire de la francophonie promotes the French language, financed jointly with Canada, Quebec, Belgium and Switzerland.

Keywords:   universities, science, research, expertise, partnerships

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