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.

Our Recent Transatlantic Dialogue 

Globe sitting in a disposable blue maskDuring 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), led 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. By highlighting examples from France and the United States, GCSE, and the French Embassy started a global conversation about rethinking research and sustainability in higher education post-pandemic. Please read the full symposium vision and context. 

Recordings of the keynote and panel sessions are now available in this YouTube Playlist.


Next Steps- Join the GCSE Community of Practice

The Great Reset in Academic and Research Institutions

The GCSE Community of Practice (CoP), "The Great Reset in Academic and Research Institutions", will serve as a standing mechanism to continue discussions and collaborations among academic and research institutions on the sustained changes brought by the pandemic and the opportunities for a “Great Reset” and opportunities for leadership toward a sustainable future. The CoP is still under design. To indicate your interest in participating, please complete this form. To learn more about GCSE Communities of Practice, explore our website


Join the Community of Practice


Who Should Get Involved

Everyone is welcome to join the new community of practice. This free symposium offered 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 explored potential opportunities to leverage the value of sharing knowledge. 


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