Célébrating the 5th anniversary of the Paris Agreement in Australia [fr]
In partnership with the AFRAN association, scientific events have been organised throughout Australia to demonstrate implementation.
Scientific Café at the Alliance Française in Perth in partnership with AFRAN: The contribution of chemistry to renewable energies
Friday 11th of December at 10am, a Scientific Café was organised at the Perth French Alliance in partnership with the AFRAN Association (French-Australian Association for Research and Innovation) on the contribution of chemistry to renewable energies. The speaker, Elodie Rousset, is a scientist specialised in inorganic chemistry. She explores the properties of the metal elements. She pursued her international Masters and joint PhDs living between France and Canada. For the past five years, she has been working between France and Australia on the properties of lanthanide elements, one of the often-forgotten rows at the bottom of the periodic table! Part of Elodie’s research included the development of molecules capable of mimicking the photosynthesis function of plants. Transforming sunlight into usable energy falls into one of the biggest challenges our world is currently facing.
AFRAN New South Wales Webinar « 5 years after the Paris Agreement: Green Growth, a Solution or an Oxymoron? »
On the occasion of the 5-year anniversary of the Paris Climate Agreement, AFRAN NSW organised a webinar on several topics of common interest between the two countries, to take stock of the measures taken and to project what remains to be done into the future.
The public policy aspects have been discussed (France/Australia comparison, differences in commitments in Australia between the federal level and the different states, etc.), as well as the concepts of decarbonization and carbon neutrality, to assess their compatibilities to economic growth.
With most of the AFRAN community in Tasmania focusing on the impact of climate change in the marine environment, this event was an occasion to explore new horizon by inviting Alain Rousseau, a French wine maker in Tasmania. Alain has a profound passion for wine making and has seen the impact of a changing climate throughout 40 years of wine production.
The event started with the introduction of the ‘white paper’ being prepared with the French embassy, to foster the initiation of collaborations with French researchers transiting on the Astrolabe every year. The floor was then given to Alain to share his views about wine production in a changing climate (with wine testing !). The AFRAN members learned that the industry is surprisingly well prepared, with many sort of vines already being planted to face a warmer or dryer climate. This session was a real eye opener, especially for the students who were able to express their view in a nice informal setup. We finished the event with a brainstorm activity to engage the participants about events that could be organized in the future.
We have already decided that we will organize a visit of Alain s’ cellar for the next French delegation visit. A similar visit/discussion could also be organised with a Honey maker in southern Tasmania.