France-Arizona Institute for Global Grand Challenges
The university collaborates with the French academic community to foster best-in-class international research, focusing on the grandest challenges faced by science and society. Our mission spans all disciplines – humanities, sciences, and the arts.
UArizona is the first CNRS International Research Center
At the core of the cooperation is our partnership with the French National Center for Scientific Research, or CNRS, the premier research institution in France. With more than 11,000 scientists and laboratories and offices around the globe, CNRS ranks in the top 4 academic institutions for research worldwide. UArizona was chosen by CNRS as its first International Research Center (IRC), CNRS's highest level of institutional cooperation. The IRC program aims to bridge disciplines to advance and scale up transformative research and revolutionary solutions for sustainability and resilience. Signed into existence on April 14, 2021, the IRC is the heritage and renewal of a rich history of collaboration between the CNRS and UArizona.
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FA Institute News
France-Arizona Institute Participates in “Make the Planet Great Again” Seminar
Members of the France-Arizona Institute for Grand Challenges traveled to Washington, D.C., for a “Make Our Planet Great Again” seminar, October 17–18. Hosted by the French Embassy and the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), the goal of the two-day conference was to share successes of the MOPGA program and brainstorm future avenues for collaboration between the United States and France.
IRC - The FA Institute traveled to Paris for a 3-day workshop at CNRS
Last month, the University of Arizona and French heavyweight, the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), met in Paris for the second 2022 conference of the France-Arizona (FA) Institute for Global Grand Challenges. Founded in March 2021, UArizona’s FA Institute is the first CNRS International Research Center.
CentrEau Hebd'Eau. The Food-Energy-Water nexus in the context of global change: The example of the Western United States.
CentrEau, the Quebec Water Management Research Center, is a Quebec cluster of water experts. It brings together researchers and graduate students from 12 different institutions. It is financed by the Fonds de recherche du Québec - Nature et technologies (FRQNT) as part of the Strategic Clusters program. CentrEau is hosting its 55rd webinar of the Hebd'Eau series entitled « The Water-Energy-Food Nexus in the Context of Global Change: The Example of the Western United States ».
525-million-year-old fossil defies textbook explanation for brain evolution
According to a new study, fossils of a tiny sea creature with a delicately preserved nervous system solve a century-old debate over how the brain evolved in arthropods, the most species-rich group in the animal kingdom. Combining detailed anatomical studies of the fossilized nervous system with analyses of gene expression patterns in living descendants, they conclude that a shared blueprint of brain organization has been maintained from the Cambrian until today.