Virtual Transatlantic Symposium June 7–9, 2021

Virtual Transatlantic Symposium June 7–9, 2021 Academic Research Institutions Advancing Sustainability


Long before the COVID-19 pandemic and the most recent governmental and industry targets made around the world to curb greenhouse gas emissions and phase out fossil fuels, universities and research institutes have been steadily leading by example to advance a strong environmental future.

Join Us for a Transatlantic Dialogue 

During June 7-9, the Office for Science and Technology of the Embassy of France in the United States, in partnership with the Global Council for Science and Environment (GCSE), will lead a virtual symposium focused on sharing the work being led by French and American universities and research organizations to lower their environmental and carbon footprints.  

Event Details

Monday, June 7 – Wednesday June 9, 2021Globe sitting in a disposable blue mask

9:30 am - 12:00 pm EDT/ 3:30  - 6:00 pm CEST

The full symposium agenda is now available here.

This event has passed. Session recordings will be available soon.


Who Should Attend

This free symposium offers an opportunity for students, faculty, and decision-makers to hear from institutional leaders from France and the United States on best practices in sustainability.  Institutional leaders will exchange best practices, lessons learned before and during the COVID-19 pandemic, and will explore potential opportunities to leverage the value of sharing knowledge.

Event Outcomes

By highlighting examples from France and the United States, GCSE, and the French Embassy are starting a global conversation about rethinking research and sustainability in higher education post-pandemic. This event will result in an ongoing collaboration between institutions worldwide on rethinking sustainability in higher education post-pandemic.

Please read the full symposium vision and context. 

Steering Committee Members

  • Leah G Nichols, George Mason University
  • Peter Marra, Georgetown University
  • Maria Petrova, Georgetown University
  • Benoît Malpaux, Institut national de la recherche agronomique (INRAE)
  • Nicolas Gratiot, Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD)
  • Mariane Domeizel, Aix-Marseille Université
  • Agathe Euzen, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)
  • Rubin Patterson, Howard University
  • Gil Latz, Ohio State University
  • Laurent-Emmanuel Brizzi, Université de Poitiers
  • Stéphane Raud, Ambassade de France aux Etats-Unis
  • Michelle Wyman, Global Council for Science and the Environment (GCSE)

Symposium Partners

AEF media logo- AEF on a red background with white text Aix-Marseille Universite logo, black and blue text with a yellow star George mason university logo
Georhetown University Logo INRAE logo French Institute for sustainable development logo
Ohio State University Logo CAES Logo


Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)

Howard University

Université de Poitiers