South African to participate in the Week of International Scientific Young Talents in Paris
From 29 January to 3 February 2017, an event entitled “Jeunes Talents Scientifiques Internationaux” (Week of International Young Scientific Talents) in Paris will gather young and talented scientists from all around the world.
The Week of International Young Scientific Talents is a mobility programme offered by Universcience Paris, a French public institution with two venues in Paris, the Cité des sciences et de l’industrie and the Palais de la découverte.
Universcience is responsible for the promotion of scientific and technical culture. Universcience was founded in 2010 when the Cité des sciences et de l’industrie joined forces with the Palais de la découverte. It had one goal: to inspire as many people as possible to be curious about the world around them, encouraging them both to marvel at the world of science and to engage in scientific reasoning.
Today, Universcience is one of the top science centers in the world.
This event is organised in the framework of its anniversary season, under the patronage of Mr. François Hollande, President of the French Republic. The Cité des sciences et de l’industrie is 30 years old in 2016, and the Palais de la découverte will celebrate its 80th anniversary in 2017. This programme will be in partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development in France.
To mark this special occasion, Universcience is organising a week dedicated to young international researchers. From 29 January to 3 February 2017, around 40 young and talented scientists will gather to form ties, meet outstanding professionals, discover Universcience as well as other science stakeholders in France. This will also be the opportunity for them to present their work to their counterparts, share knowledge, exchange with stakeholders in the scientific community in Paris, and create new synergies.
The French Embassy in South Africa is proudly supporting the participation of Mr Mahlatse Rampedi, researcher within the Public Affairs Research Institute (PARI). Mahlatse, 26, is currently working on a research report where he analyses the political and administrative powers that shape three south-African metropolitan municipalities (Nelson Mandela Bay (formerly Port Elizabeth), eThekwini (formerly Durban) and Buffalo City (formerly East London)).
Mahlatse is looking forward to represent South Africa at this international event and to be immersed in an environment of academic excellence.