Seminar – Washington D.C., Embassy of France in the USA (2022 – October 17th-18th)

The Embassy of France in the United States and the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) held a seminar on the climate research program ‘Make Our Planet Great Again’, in Washington D.C. on October 17 and 18.

As a major player in the fight against climate change and as a way of upholding the spirit of the Paris Agreement, the French government launched this program in 2017, offering selected scholars the opportunity to continue their work in France and contribute to meeting the challenges highlighted at every COP.

To celebrate the outcomes of the MOPGA program and discuss enhanced government- and researcher-level collaborations between our two countries, 15 U.S. and Canadian scientists who were awarded grants of up to €1.5 million through the MOPGA program were invited to discuss their research and explore avenues for strengthening collaboration.

The first day consisted of high-level presentations and discussions on climate and environmental research and was concluded by a lecture given by Dr. Susan Solomon, Chair of the Program in Atmospheres, Oceans and Climate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

The second day was dedicated to presentations and discussions aimed at shaping avenues for strengthened collaboration between France and the U.S. on the fields of climate and environmental research.

A booklet was designed to summarize the MOPGA program and present the research activities of all laureates from North America.


Event for the two years of the MOPGA initiative – Paris, Palais de l’Elysée, December 12th 2019

The President of the Republic, Emmanuel Macron, together with by Frédérique Vidal (Minister for Higher Education, Research and Innovation), Elisabeth Borne (Minister for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition) and A. de Montchalin (State secretary for European Affairs) invited the laureates of the « Make our Planet Great Again » programmes (Researchers and students) to a morning of exchanges. Discussions included feedback of the laureates, the presentation of several research themes at the heart of environmental issues and recommendations for the coming months.