Australian awarded the Palmes Académiques: for outstanding contribution to French-Australian relations [fr]
On 10 June 2014, Mr Cédric Prieto, Chargé d’affaires a.i. of the Embassy of France in Australia, awarded the Palmes Académiques to Ms Elizabeth Yuncken, of the CSIRO, during a ceremony at the CSIRO Corporate Centre in Canberra.
Established in 1808 by Napoleon Bonaparte, the Palmes Academiques is an honorific distinction bestowed by the French Department of Education. However, the French Department of Foreign Affairs can nominate foreigners and French citizens living abroad who actively contribute to the intellectual, scientific and artistic expansion of France in the world. On this occasion, Mr Prieto bestowed the medal on behalf of the Minister of National Education.
The Order of the Palmes Académiques is made up of three ranks: Knight, Officer and Commander. Ms Yuncken, recipient of this distinction in the rank of Knight, has been awarded the medal for her outstanding accomplishment in the field of science promotion and for her active role to rebuild and create new relationships between CSIRO and universities and research institutions in France.
Ms Yuncken’s achievements in creating and supporting collaborative relationships between a range of Australian and French organisations will lead to economic and academic benefits for both nations.