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Climate, Environment, and Conservation: Joint Statement on U.S.-France Science and Technology Cooperation

The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America and France on the occasion of the U.S.-France Joint Committee Meeting on Science and Technology Cooperation on March 9, 2018.

Ms. Laurence Auer, Director of Cultural, Academic and Research Cooperation at the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, and Mr. Alain Beretz, Director-General for Research and Innovation at the French Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, for the Government of France, and Ms. Kristina Kvien, Acting Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Paris, and Ms. Lisa Brodey, Director of Science and Technology Cooperation at the U.S. Department of State, for the Government of the United States of America, convened the fifth U.S.-France Joint Committee Meeting (JCM) on Science and Technology Cooperation in Paris, on March 9, 2018. The JCM provides a regular opportunity to exchange views on some of the most important science and technology endeavors in our countries and to prioritize future collaboration.

The JCM brought together representatives from government agencies and research organizations in both countries to discuss joint priority fields: information technology, energy and the environment, health science, and science and research integrity. Both sides endorsed the need to continue to strengthen bilateral research cooperation, including opportunities to enhance cooperation in artificial intelligence, quantum technologies, advanced energy technologies and clean energy, ocean observation and exploration, and cancer research. The group also shared information on successful collaborative projects, including the partnership agreement between New York University and the French Institute for Research in Computer Science and Automation (Inria), the renewal of the international joint research unit between the Georgia Institute of Technology and the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), and partnerships supported through the PIRE program.

Following the discussions on thematic topics, the two sides emphasized the importance of expanding the JCM dialogue to include participants from universities, research organizations, research agencies, think tanks, and the private sector. Both sides look forward to working together on the topics discussed in the coming years.