Cultural and scientific cooperation priorities outlined [fr]
Ambassador Florence Jeanblanc-Risler and the new head of the embassy’s Scientific and Cultural Office, Stéphane Ré, have outlined key priorities for bilateral cooperation at a reception in Wellington.
Speaking at the newly redecorated French Residence on Wednesday, the Ambassador said Stéphane Ré and his team would prioritise innovation and creativity, more focused cooperation for joint France-New Zealand research projects, and reaching a younger audience.
These priorities stand alongside existing achievements and works in progress with which the embassy is involved. These include:
the Antipodes creative exchange programme
three artistic residencies (Randell Cotage, Te Ataata and Te Whare Hēra)
the nascent FAST! scientific network
Shared Histories commemorative programme - the planned French World War I memorial at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park
Key projects linked to the priorities include:
the promotion of events centred on the theme of Novembre numérique, or ’digital November’
The reshaping of the Dumont d’Urville Fund in dialogue with local partners
building programmes linked to the fight against climate change, and which reach out to civil society
Mr. Ré has previously coordinated cultural projects for France’s Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs in San Francisco, Romania, Croatia and Estonia.
Greeting members of Wellington’s cultural and scientific communities, he said two core values would help his team achieve their goals in New Zealand. The first was innovation.
"We are in a world where we are facing big challenges. I really think we should be inventing new ways to cope with reality."
The second was partnership and collective work.
"I think we cannot achieve anything alone...I’m looking forward to working with you and imagining new forms of partnerships."
Mr Ré also paid tribute to his predecessor, Mr Raynald Belay.