This year’s France-Atlanta will feature a wide range of topics across many fields. It is to be held from Oct. 12-21, marking the seventh consecutive year that the event has brought together the Consulate General of France and the Georgia Institute of Technology to focus on innovation and to encourage trans-Atlantic cooperation.
The 2016 program is to highlight developments and partnerships in the fields of cybersecurity, mental health during humanitarian crises and the role of the arts in democracy-building. The programs will start with a two-day scientific program titled “Cybersecurity: TransAtlantic Innovation & Strategies.”
Georgia Tech President G. P. “Bud” Peterson in the announcement underscored the university’s close ties to France through its Georgia Tech-Lorraine campus near Metz, France, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. “We are delighted to partner for the seventh France-Atlanta, offering rich opportunities to explore everything from cybersecurity and cardiovascular health care to dance and cartooning for peace.”
The programs will start with a two-day international scientific symposium at Georgia Tech with the cybersecurity program featuring a noted French scientist in the field. Dr. Joseph Sifakis, a French computer scientist, who was born in Greece and was honored as a Turing Award laureate in 2007 for his work at the Verimag Laboratory, a national research center near Grenoble, France, was originally scheduled to attend, but has had to cancel due to complications in obtaining a visa.
Although Atlanta’s sister city of Toulouse, France, has been involved many times in France-Atlanta programs, this year the cities are starting a new initiative by collaborating on a “start-up exchange,” involving two selected Atlanta startups that will spend two weeks, Oct. 3-15, in Toulouse where they will be connected with the city’s startup events, gain access to European decision-makers and engage with investors and business leaders in their respective sectors.
In a reciprocal move, from Oct. 31-Nov. 11, Atlanta will welcome two startups from Toulouse to live, work and learn here where they will take up residency at a local accelerator gaining exposure to the U.S. market and Atlanta’s startup culture.
Political cartoonists Jean “Plantu” Plateaux of the French newspaper Le Monde, Mike Luckovich of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Michel Kichka of TVMonde, Courrier International, are to participate in a panel discussion titled “Cartooning or Peace: The Art of Democracy.”
Additionally, the French-American Chamber of Commerce is to host the 11th annual Crystal Peach Awards ceremony on Oct. 19 honoring international investments in Georgia and France.
On Oct. 20-21, French and American mathematicians and computer scientists are to participate in a two-day scientific workshop focused on mathematical modeling for cardiovascular diseases at Emory University.
Also at Emory, humanitarian and public health workers are to come together for a forum on global emergencies and mental health on Oct. 21.
A variety of culture programs featuring the French choreographer Noe Soulier and a screening and discussion of an eco-documentary titled “Tomorrow” are to be held as well.
A senior official from the French embassy in Washington and Louis de Corail, the newly appointed consul general of France in Atlanta, are scheduled to participate in a variety of the events.
This year’s sponsors include Anne Cox Chambers, Delta Air Lines- Air France – KLM; Nissan, the Raymond F. Schinazi and Family Foundation and MailChimp, along with the local French-American associations and more than 30 state and international partners.