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A French-American Perspective on Security and Trust in the Digital Age

April 8 @ 8:00 am 10:00 am PDT

The Office for Science and Technology (OST) of the Embassy of France in the US is happy to host a second installment in the Cities of Tomorrow webinar series which will focus this time on innovative approaches and technologies for managing water resources in cities.

Throughout the year, we provide a space for French and American experts to present innovative projects that address complex issues connected to the digitalization that cities are facing. This is an opportunity for actors on both sides of the Atlantic, from academia, government and industry, to engage and learn from each other to promote a more trustworthy development of cities that balances safety, inclusion and innovation.

Each webinar starts by short presentations (15-20 min each) by project leaders with a chance for registered participants to ask some questions and discuss with the experts. Other observers are encouraged to reach out to the Office for Science and Technology for further information on the presentations or to connect with the experts afterwards.

This series of webinars will culminate in a French-American Innovation Day (FAID), a physical event in Washington, DC which will take place when possible in 2021 or in the beginning of 2022.


The second event in this series will take place on Thursday, April 8th, 2021 between 11:00-13:00 (EST). The OST will welcome the presence of Pr. Tianhong Cui (University of Minnesota), Dr. Christine Marie George (Johns Hopkins University), Tarik Bourouina and Martin Hendel (Université Gustave Eiffel), and Dan Angelescu (Fluidion).

In his presentation, Pr. Tianhong Cui will present the process of polymer shrinkage, a technique that he is developing to help create micro sensors that can detect water pollutants. Dr. Christine Marie George will then talk about her work in the development of water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) interventions that can help investigate and prevent the spread of diseases. In the context of global water scarcity, Dr. Bourouina will talk about the Nano-4-Water Programme at Université Gustave Eiffel and further expand on the potential that micro- and nano-technologies can play in ensuring high quality drinking water resources. Martin Hendel will present the WISE Cities research project that focuses on the nexus of water-energy-land use as a core set of systems to take into account for the development of cities. Dr. Dan Angelescu will provide the perspective of an academic turned entrepreneur who is working to bring the technologies from the labs to cities.

Times are Pacific

8:00 – 8:05 : Brief welcome by Kévin Kok Heang, Deputy-Attaché for Science and Technology at the Embassy of France

8:05 – 8:25 : Presentation by Pr. Tianhong Cui

8:25 – 8:45 : Presentation by Dr. Christine Marie George

8:45 – 9:05 : Presentation by Dr. Tarik Bourouina

9:05 – 9:30 : Presentation by Dr. Martin Hendel

9:30 – 9:45 : Presentation by Dr. Dan Angelescu

9:45 – 10:00 : General Q&A with registered participants, feedback and next steps