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France-Atlanta 2016: Together towards Innovation

France-Atlanta 2016: Together towards Innovation

Published on August 19, 2016
The Consulate General of France in Atlanta and the Georgia Institute of Technology will co-present the 7th Annual France-Atlanta, a series of French-American events centered on innovation, from October 12-22, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia.

The 2016 program will offer a dozen scientific, cultural, business, and humanitarian events designed to foster long-lasting cooperation and exchange between France and the U.S. Southeast. Industry experts and high profile figures from France will come to Atlanta to participate with their American counterparts in the various workshops, symposia, panel discussions, and cultural programming that are presented under the high auspices of the Ambassador of France to the United States, the Governor of Georgia, and the Mayor of Atlanta.

“I greatly look forward to building upon the impetus created by France-Atlanta to showcase the many strengths that France has to offer and, conversely, to help draw the attention of the French to this extremely vibrant and auspicious region,” said Louis de Corail, the newly appointed Consul General of France in Atlanta.

International symposium on Cybersecurity

Beginning with a kick-off ceremony at the Metro Atlanta Chamber on October 12 in presence of Georgia Tech President G.T. “Bud” Peterson and newly appointed Consul General of France Louis de Corail, France-Atlanta 2016 will move into high gear with a two-day international scientific symposium, “Cybersecurity: Transatlantic Innovation & Strategies”, featuring Dr. Joseph Sifakis, 2007 Turing Award laureate at Georgia Tech on October 13 and 14.

Cartooning for peace

On October 13, France-Atlanta will welcome world renowned political cartoonists Jean “Plantu” Plantureaux (Le Monde), Mike Luckovich (Atlanta Journal-Constitution), and Michel “Kichka” (TVMonde, Courrier International) at the Center for Civil and Human Rights for a panel discussion, “Cartooning for Peace: The Art of Democracy”. Audience members have the opportunity to interact with and watch the cartoonists at work as they explore questions of freedom of expression in a democratic society. In conjunction with the program, an outdoor exhibition by Cartooning for Peace will run from October 13-21 in downtown Atlanta as part of ELEVATE, an arts initiative of the City of Atlanta – Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs.

the first Atlanta-Toulouse Startup Exchange

Thanks to the momentum of previous editions of France-Atlanta, sister-cities Atlanta and Toulouse, France will host their first Atlanta-Toulouse Startup Exchange. From October 3-15, two selected Atlanta startups will spend two weeks in Toulouse, France, where they will be connected with the French city’s startup events, gain access to European decision makers, and engage with investors and business leaders in their respective sectors. Then, from October 31-November 11, Atlanta will welcome two startups from Toulouse to live, work, and learn. Selected startups will stay in the heart of the city and enjoy a two week residency at a local accelerator dedicated to their industry and exposure to the U.S. market and Atlanta startup culture.

For art lovers

Music, dance, and film lovers will enjoy an exciting program of contemporary French artists such as choreographer Noé Soulier at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center on October 14 and 15, the US premier of Daniel Wohl’s multidisciplinary artistic project, “Holographic” performed by Sonic Generator, Georgia Tech’s contemporary music ensemble in-residence and interpreted by gloATL on October 17 and 18, or a screening and debate of Tomorrow (2015), an eco-documentary by Cyril Dion and Mélanie Laurent.

To celebrate international investments

The business community will celebrate international investments in Georgia and France during the 11th annual Crystal Peach Awards ceremony on October 19 with the French-American Chamber of Commerce.

A mathematics workshop

On October 20-21, French and American mathematicians and computer scientists will participate in a two-day scientific workshop focused on mathematical modelling for cardiovascular diseases at Emory University.

Global Emergencies and Mental Health

And finally, humanitarian workers and public health experts will come together for a forum on Global Emergencies and Mental Health on October 21 at Emory University, and students of French from Metro Atlanta schools and universities will have the opportunity to learn about current humanitarian issues and the value of speaking French thanks to presentations by representatives from the Carter Center, Peace Corps, and CARE.

Events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

France-Atlanta 2016 is made possible with the support of Anne Cox Chambers, Delta Air Lines, Air France, and MailChimp, along with the local French-American associations and more than 30 state and international partners.

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