The Science and Technology Ministry has signed an agreement to expand its
cooperation with the French National Center for Scientific
Science and Technology Minister Prof. Daniel Herschkowitz, chief scientist of the ministry and now director-general Prof. Ehud Gazit, French Ambassador Christophe Bigot and Centre
National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) CNRS director-general Xavier
Inglebert formalized the agreement on Monday.
The expansion of
cooperation will make it possible for young researchers from Israel to travel to
France for conferences and courses and carry out joint research with scientists
in the center.
CNRS also runs research labs throughout France and
finances a quarter of French public spending on civilian research. It has
carried out joint projects with Israeli universities for
Meanwhile, the Supreme Committee for Israeli-French Technological
and Scientific Research convened on Monday and selected cloud computing and
graphene (a carbon conductor in one-atom-thick sheets of atoms densely packed in
a honeycomb structure) as the research topics to be funded. A joint budget of $1
million will be allocated over two years.
Herschkowitz said that France
is one of the leading research countries cooperating fruitfully with Israeli
researchers and that the expansion is welcome and important. Bigot replied that
the citizens of the two countries share values and are similar in their
qualities of thinking and wisdom. Joint scientific research, he continued, “is
one of the backbones of the countries’ relationship.”
The CNRS is a
government- funded research organization, under the administrative authority of
France’s Ministry of Research. Founded in 1939 by government degree, it
evaluates and carries out research for advancing knowledge and bringing social,
cultural and economic benefits for society; contributes to the application and
promotion of research results; develops scientific information; supports
research training; and analyzes the national and international scientific
climate and its potential to develop a national policy.
encompass biological sciences, chemistry, ecology and environment, humanities
and social sciences, information sciences and technologies, engineering and
systems sciences, physics, mathematical sciences, nuclear and particle physics
and earth sciences and astronomy.