Program

  • VANCOUVER

    March 26, 2015
    Simon Fraser University

  • DENVER

    June 24, 2015
    Metropolitan State University

  • RALEIGH

    August 27,2015
    North Carolina State University

  • SAN FRANCISCO

     September 8, 2015
    Exploratorium

  • DALLAS

     September 17, 2015
     Southern Methodist University

  • WASHINGTON

    September 22, 2015
    Embassy of France in the United States

  • MIAMI

    September 28, 2015
    >Miami Beach Convention Center

  • QUEBEC

    October 7, 2015
    Musée de la civilisation

  • TORONTO

    October 8, 2015
    University of Toronto

  • HOUSTON

    October 22, 2015

  • EDMONTON

    October 29, 2015
    University of Alberta

  • AUSTIN

     November 2015


  • VANCOUVER

    From Local to Global Challenges, What Needs to Be Done for a Successful Climate Conference in Paris 2015?
    March 26, 2015, 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm
    Simon Fraser University Woodward's (Wosk Centre for Dialogue, 580 W Hastings St Vancouver)

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    In partnership with the Simon Fraser University, the Embassy of France in Canada and the Consulate General of France in Vancouver will organize a conference to discuss what needs to be done for a successful climate conference in Paris 2015. This Conference needs to mark a decisive step forward in the negotiation of the future international agreement that will enter into force in 2020, adopting its major thrusts with the aim that all countries, including the greatest greenhouse gas emitters – both developed and developing countries – should be bound for the first time by a universal climate agreement.

    The French Consulate General in Vancouver, Carbon Talks and the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions will organize an exclusive panel discussion starring:

    - Hon. Mary Polak: British Columbia Minister of Environment.

    - Gregor Robertson: Mayor of Vancouver.

    - Nicolas Chapuis: Ambassador of France to Canada

    - Moderator Michael Small: Carbon Talks and Renewable Cities Executive Director, Vancouver, Canada.

  • DENVER

    Climate Change: Effects on Health and the Quality of Life
    Perspectives from France and Colorado
    June 24, 2015, 2:30 pm to 8:00 pm
    Marriott SpringHill Suites Denver Downtown at MSU Denver
    (1190 Auraria Parkway, Denver, CO 80204)


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    Program

    2:30pm     Welcoming remarks
    - Mr. Jeffrey Richards, Honorary Consul of France in Denver
    - Dr. Sandra Haynes, Dean, College of Professional Studies at MSU Denver

    2:45pm     Roundtable #1 "Water and Quality of Life"
    - Ms. Laurna Kaatz, Climate Scientist, Planning Division at Denver Water
    - Dr. Patrick Bourgeron, Senior Research Scientist INSTAAR at UC Boulder
    - Mr. Brad Udall, Senior Water and Climate Research Scientist at Colorado State University
    - Roundtable and Q&A moderated by Mr. Thomas Cech, Director, OWOW Center

    4:15pm     Roundtable #2 "Climate Change and Health"
    - Dr. Franck Courchamp, Ecologist, Université Paris-Sud (France)
    - Dr. Ben Beard, Associate Director for Climate Change at NCEZID - CDC Fort Collins
    - Dr. Stefanie Schütte, Epidemiologist at Centre Virchow-Villermé (France)
    - Roundtable and Q&A moderated by Mr. Nat Miullo, EPA Region 8

    5:45pm     Concluding remarks
    - Mr. Chris Poulet, Alliance Française de Denver

    6:00pm - 8:00pm     Reception/Networking event
    - 6:30pm     Press Meeting (during the reception)

    Organized by:
    Office for Science and Technology, Consulate general of France in LA
    Alliance Francaise de Denver
    One World One Water (OWOW) Center, Metropolitan State University of Denver

  • RALEIGH

    Climate-Smart Agriculture: Innovation and resiliency
    August 27, 2015, 5:30pm to 7:30pm
    North Carolina State University, Stewart Theatre, Talley Student Union, (2610 Cates Ave, Raleigh, NC 27607)

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    This event aims to engage NC State community and stakeholders in the Triangle and Southeast region of the United States to enhance public awareness of the interconnectedness of Climate and Agriculture to advance greater understanding of economic, environmental and societal impacts as well as opportunities for innovation, adaptation and solution-driven approaches. This event will take place in tandem with the NC State Global Change Symposuim, which is being organized by the Southeast Climate Science Center (SECSC) – Friday August 28, 2015.
    The FACTS Symposium is co-sponsored by the Office for Science & Technology of the Embassy of France to the United States and jointly organized by the Office of International Affairs of the North Carolina State University with a planning group from the Southeast Climate Science Center, NC Climate Office, Southeast Regional Climate Hub, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, College of Sciences and College of Natural Resources.

    Program

    5:30pm     Welcoming remarks
    - Dr. Warwick Arden, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor, NC State

    5:40pm     Opening remarks
    - Dr. Minh-Ha Pham, Counselor for Science and Technology, Embassy of France in the United States

    6:00pm     Roundtable "Climate Smart Agriculture: innovation and resiliency"
    - Dr. Olivier Le Gall, Deputy Director general of INRA, French National Institute of Agricultural Research
    - Dr. Alban Thomas, Head of the Social Science Scientific Division (SAE2) at INRA, French National Institute of Agricultural Research
    - Dr. Luis Tupas, Deputy Director, Institute of Bioenergy, Climate, and Environment, U.S. Department of Agriculture
    - Dr. Virginia Burkett, Chief Scientist for Global Change, U.S. Geological Survey
    - Dr. Ryan Boyles, North Carolina State Climatologist and University Director, SE Climate Science Center
    - Dr. Chris Reberg-Horton, Professor of Crop Science and Assistant Director of Collaborative Research, Center for Environmental Farming Systems, NC State University
    - Roundtable and Q&A moderated by Ms. Susan Hassol, Communication Adviser to the World Meteorological Organization's Commission for Climatology

    7:20pm     Concluding remarks
    - Dr. Gerard McMahon, DOI Director Southeast Climate Science Center

     

  • SAN FRANCISCO

    Can Technology Halt Climate Change?
    September 8, 2015, 6:00pm to 9:30pm
    Exploratorium, (Pier 15, San Francisco)

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    The challenge of global warming is not to be reduced to shared emissions burden. Most importantly, it brings opportunities to create employment, economic growth and innovative modes of production and consumption: a new economy can be shaped by aggressively combating climate change. Can technology innovation accelerate this process?

    FACTS conference series mobilize French and American leaders in a way to reinforce the transatlantic dialogue on climate change. In San Francisco, the conference will gather renowned scientists, industry figures as well as top entrepreneurs. As a leader in innovation and home to cutting-edge organizations, the Bay Area is always looking to break barriers and create new solutions for building a better world.

    From efficiency, renewable energy sources, nuclear power to carbon capture, artificial photosynthesis and geo-engineering: from reality to fiction, technology already plays and will continue to play a key role at reducing the GHG emissions. Is it enough? There's little doubt that the 20th century was full of technological breakthroughs that changed history. Will the 21st century go one step further? Should we trust technology innovation to disrupt the current climate paradigm?

    Program

    6:30pm Welcoming remarks
    - Ms. Pauline Carmona,Consul General of France in San Francisco

    6:45pm Keynote
    - Ms. Patricia Beneke, Regional Director, United Nations Environment Program

    7:00pm Keynote
    - Mr. Eric Vettel, President, American Energy Society

    7:15pm Fireside chat #1 "Academia and Innovation", moderated by Mr. John Gnuse, Managing Director in Lazard's Technology Investment Banking Group
    - Pr. Alexandre Bayen, Director Institute of Transportation Studies, UC Berkeley
    - Pr. James Sweeney, Director of the Precourt Institute, Stanford University

    8:00pm Firseside chat #2 "New generation & Entrepreneurship", moderated by Mr. John Gnuse, Managing Director in Lazard's Technology Investment Banking Group
    - Mr. Romain Lacombe, CEO of Plume Lab (MIT TR35)
    - Mr. Michael Lin, CEO of Fenix International (US)

    8:45pm Concluding remarks
    - Dr. Minh-Ha Pham, Counselor for Science and Technology at the Embassy of France in the US

    9:00pm Reception

     

  • DALLAS

    Climate extremes: Adaptation&Building Resilience in Texas
    September 17, 2015, 9am to 1:30pm
    Martha Proctor Mack Ballroom - Umphrey Lee Center - Southern Methodist University, (3300 Dyer St Dallas, TX 75205)

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    Program

    9:00am     Welcoming remarks
    - South Methodist University Welcome
    - Mr. Sujiro Seam, Consul General of France in Houston
    - Mr. Mike Rawlings,City of Dallas Mayor

    9:30am     Roundtable #1 "Impact of Climate Change in DFW/Texas"
    - Ms. Janette Monear, President and CEO of Texas Trees Foundation
    - Dr. Bruce McCarl, Nobel Peace Prize-winning agricultural economist of Texas A&M University
    - Mr. Russell Laughlin, Hillwood Properties
    - Roundtable and Q&A moderated by Ms. Lee Cullum, veteran journalist from KERA television & radio and contributing columnist at The Dallas Morning News

    11:00am     Roundtable #2 "Climate Change solutions"
    - Ms. Jill Jordan, Dallas Assistant City Manager in charge of environment and urban agriculture ordinance change
    - Mr. Garrett Boone, Founder and Chairman Emeritus of the Container Store
    - Roundtable and Q&A moderated by Ms. Lee Cullum, veteran journalist from KERA television & radio and contributing columnist at The Dallas Morning News

    12:00pm     Concluding remarks
    - Mr. Chris Kelley, Communication Director for Hunt Institute for Engineering and Humanity

    12:15pm     Lunch with a keynote
    - Mr. Patrick Caron, Executive Director of the French agricultural research and international cooperation organization (CIRAD)

     

  • WASHINGTON, DC

    Climate change: innovation and engagement of the private sector
    September 22, 2015, 3:00pm to 6:00pm
    Maison Française, Embassy of France in the United States, (4101 Reservoir Road NW, 20007 Washington, DC)

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    The transition to a new economy with sustainable energy usage and natural resources management requires a concerted and united effort to encourage innovation, North-South technology transfers, and climate change adaptation measures. Financing this global transition is one of the four pillars upon which the success of COP21 rests. The round table will take an inventory of the concrete commitments made by States, international institutions, businesses, and other actors to financing this critical element of the fight against climate change.

    Program

    3:00pm Welcoming remarks
    - Mr. Gérard Araud, Ambassador of France to the United States

    3:10pm Opening Keynote
    - Ms. Christine Lagarde , Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund

    3:30pm Roundtable "Innovation and engagement of the private sector"
    - Mr. Brice Lalonde, Special Advisor on Sustainable Development to the United Nations Global Compact
    - Mr. Kevin Rabinovitch, Global Sustainability Director, Mars Incorporated
    - Mr. Jonathan Maher, Vice President Corporate Social Responsibility & Sustainability at L'Oreal USA
    - Mr. Robert Diamond, Special Assistant to the President and Director of Private Sector Engagement, White House
    - Ms. Laurence Tubiana, Ambassador for Climate Change and Special Representative for the 2015 Paris Climate Conference
    - Moderated by Mr. Chad Holliday, Chairman of Royal Dutch Shell

    5:15pm Concluding remarks
    - Mr. Bertrand Badré, Managing Director and World Bank Group Chief Financial Officer

     

  • MIAMI

    French Ameri-Can Climate Talks: Eyes on the rise - Impact of sea level rise on local communities
    September 28, 2015, 6:00pm to 8:00pm
    Miami Beach Convention Center, (1901 Convention Center Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139)

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    Program

    6:00pm     Welcoming remarks
    - Jimmy Morales, City Manager, City of Miami Beach
    - Philippe Létrilliart, Consul General of France in Miami
    - Fatou Ndoye, Deputy Regional Director of the United Nations Environment Programme Regional Office for North America

    6:15pm     Roundtable moderated by John Morales, Chief Meteorologist for NBC6
    - Anny Cazenave, Director for Earth Sciences at the International Space Science Institute, Bern, Switzerland
    - Ben Kirtman, Professor, Associate Dean for Research, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, University of Miami
    - Philip Levine, Mayor of Miami Beach
    - Juliet Pinto, Associate Professor, School of Journalism and Mass Communications, Florida International University
    - Eric Rignot, Glaciologist, Chancellor Professor of Earth System Science at the University of California and Senior Research Scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory

     

  • QUEBEC

    L’Arctique, sentinelle du réchauffement climatique
    October 7, 2015
    Musée de la civilisation, (85 Rue Dalhousie, Québec, QC G1K 8R2, Canada)

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    Le climat de la Terre évolue, conséquence des activités humaines. Les impacts des changements climatiques sont particulièrement marquées en Arctique, ou les scientifiques estiment que le réchauffement est deux fois plus intense : fonte de la banquise et du permafrost, recul des glaciers, hausse du niveau des océans, disparition programmée de l’ours polaire...

    Pourquoi le climat se réchauffe-t-il plus vite en Arctique ? Quels seront les impacts sur les écosystèmes arctiques et sur le climat mondial ? Comment les populations autochtones perçoivent-elles ces changements et s’adaptent-elles à leur nouvel environnement ?

    Cette conférence grand public rassemblera des spécialistes du climat et de l’Arctique qui feront le point sur les connaissances scientifiques et les grands enjeux que représentent l'Arctique.

    Program

    - Valérie Masson-Delmotte, paléoclimatologue, directrice de recherche au laboratoire des sciences de l’environnement et du climat (CEA / CNRS) et membre du groupe d’experts intergouvernemental (GIEC) sur l’évolution du climat.

    - Marcel Babin, directeur de l'Unité Mixte Internationale Takuvik (CNRS / Université Laval), titulaire de la Chaire de recherche d’excellence du Canada en télédétection de la frontière arctique et co-président du conseil scientifique du Chantier Arctique.

    - Louis Fortier, directeur scientifique adjoint du réseau ArcticNet, du brise-glace de recherche Amundsen et de l'UMI Takuvik

    - Michel Allard, spécialiste de la géomorphologie du pergélisol, membre du proget "Acceleration of Permafrost Thaw by Snow-Vegetation Interaction", UMI Takuvik.

    - Alexandra Lavrillier, anthropologue du Centre Européen pour l'Arctique (Cearc), Université de Versailles.

    Le débat sera animé par Yanick Villedieu, journaliste scientifique et animateur de l'émission "Les années-lumière" (Radio-Canada).

    TBA

  • TORONTO

    Climate Change and Health
    October 8, 2015, 5:30pm tp 7:30pm
    Isabel Bader Theater, University of Toronto, (93 Charles St W, Toronto, ON M5S 2C7, Canada)

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    FACTS Toronto is the closing and public event of a full day dedicated to “Climate Change and Health : Identify Key Challenges and Opportunities” organized by UNA-Canada, in partnership with the French Embassy in Canada, where important dialogues will engage key leaders, scholars and practitioners to identify and develop key challenges and opportunities in addressing climate change and Health: Prevention, mitigation and adaptation.

    Program

    5:30pm     Welcoming remarks
    - The honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario
    - Mr. Marc Trouyet, Consul General of France in Toronto
    - Pr. Meric Gertler, President of University of Toronto (TBC)
    - Mrs. Kate White, President of United Nation Association of Canada

    5:50pm     Roundtable "Climate Change and Health"
    - Mrs. Fatou Ndoye , Deputy Regional Director of the United Nations Environment Programme Regional Office for North America
    - Pr. Richard W. Peltier, Physicist and Climate Scientist, University of Toronto
    - Pr. James Orbinski, Research Chair in Global Health at the Balsillie School of International Affairs - Wilfrid Laurier University
    - Pr. Jean-François Toussaint, Cardiologist and Professor of Physiology at University Paris Descartes - France

    6:50pm     Roundtable and Q&A" moderated by Mr. Paul Waldie, Report on Business Editor, Globe and Mail

  • HOUSTON

    Confronting Climate Change: Policies and Opportunities
    October 22, 2015
    Baker Institute, Rice University, (James A. Baker III Hall, 6100 Main St., Houston, Texas 77005)

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    Program

    8:30am     Welcoming remarks and introduction

    - Sujiro Seam, Consul General of France in Houston

    8:45am     Panel #1 "Climate Change and Public Policy"
    - Megan Ceronsky, J.D., Senior Policy Advisor, White House Office of Enery and Climate Change Policy
    - Frédéric Bontems, Director of the Development and Publics Goods, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development
    - Margo T. Oge, Former Director, Office of Transportation and Air Quality, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
    - Moderated by Suzanne Beaudette Murray, J.D., Partner at Haynes and Boone LLP

    10:30am     Panel #2 "How are companies positioning themselves in regard of Climate Change?
    - Mark Anderson, Senior Vice President, Public Affairs, EDF USA
    - Eric Bradley, Senior Vice President, GDF SUEZ Energy North America
    - John Caldwell, Ph.D., Director of Economics, Edison Electric Institute
    - Moderated by Michael D. Maher, Ph.D., Senior Program Advisor for the Center for Energy Studies, Baker Institute

    12:00pm     Luncheon keynote
    - Steve Corneli, Senior Vice President for Policy and Strategy, NRG Energy

     

  • EDMONTON

    Climate Change and Energy Transition
    October 29, 2015, 6:30pm to 8:00pm
    University of Alberta, (11405 87 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6G 1C9, Canada)

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    This FACTS conference in Edmonton will involve renowned scientists, civil society representatives, policymakers, energy companies, innovative businesses and entrepreneurs with a special focus on climate change and energy transition.

    In partnership with the University of Alberta and the University of Calgary, the Consulate General of France in Vancouver will co-organize this free public conference on October, 1st 2015 to discuss how energy transition can contribute to solving the climate change challenge. It will be a major milestone on the road to the COP21 that will be live webcasted and recorded.

    Program

    6:30pm - 8:00pm

    Opening session

    - Steve MacDonald, Advisor to the Premier on Climate Change
    - Marie-Anne Conins, Ambassador of the European Union to the Canada
    - Steven Dew, University of Alberta Provost and Vice-President (Academic)
    - Ed McCauley, University of Calgary Vice-President (Research)
    - Moderated by Mathieu Leporini, Scientific attache, Consulate general of France in Vancouver

    Keynote Lecture
    - Simon Dyer, Director, Alberta, Pembina Institute

    Panel Discussion
    - Jean Christophe Fleury, Consul General of France in Vancouver
    - Emilson Silva, Professor and CAIP Chair at University of Alberta - Business Economics - NREE (Natural Resources, Energy and Environment)
    - Laurent Maurel, President and CEO of TOTAL Canada
    - Eddy Isaacs, Chief Executive Officer, Alberta Innovates-Energy Environment Solutions
    - Zoë Carron, Senior Policy Advisor, Clean Energy Canada
    - Moderated by Robert Skinner, Professor, School of Public Policy, University of Calgary

    Closing remarks
    - Kate White, President & CEO, UNA-Canada

  • AUSTIN

    Innovative Applications for Emerging Clean Energy and Water Technologies for Micro-Communities
    13 November, 2015
    Main Ballroom, AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center, Austin, TX, (1900 University Ave, Austin, TX 78705)

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    Program

    9:00am     Introductions
    - Sujiro Seam, Consul General of France in Houston
    - Steve Adler, Mayor of Austin, TX
    - Christophe Bechu, Mayor of Angers, France
    - Michel Salomon, President & CEO, SM2D Inc.

    9:45am     Clean Energy Climate Round Table
    - Kathleen Baireuther, Executive Director, CleanTX
    - Arnaud Uzabiaga, Business Development, boostHEAT
    - Marc-Alain Behar, VP Business development, Solairedirect
    - Moderated by Philippe Leonard, CEO, Urban Wind Design

    10:45am     Clean Water Climate Round Table
    - Billy Roberts, VP Drinking Water Applications, Omni Water Solutions
    - Bernard Benayoun, CEO, Bamboo for Water
    - Serge Bellulo, CEO, Serbel
    - Moderated by Thomas Ortman, CEO, Concurrent Design

    11:30am     Closing Statements
    - Peter Beck, Associate Professor, St. Edward's University