In the framework of the new MAUPERTUIS program, the Institut Français in Helsinki, the Embassy of France in Finland and the French Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation have renewed this year again their partnership with the Finnish Society for Sciences and Letters and the Finnish Academy for Science and Letters in Finland to strengthen bilateral cooperation in science, innovation and higher education in fields of excellence in both countries
The Selection Committee met on 14th March and selected more than 20 collaborative projects from the 90 projects received, notably under the two sub-programs for strengthening scientific cooperation (RSM and ERI-W):
Indeed, among the Education/Research/Innovation workshops, the following themes will be supported in 2018: brain research, energy transition and climate, use of the “Internet of Things” for the elderly care, Franco-Finnish cooperation between the accelerators of particles (theoretical physics). The Maupertuis program will also support visits of researchers (both ways) on bilateral scientific projects in themes such as marine research infrastructures, neurodevelopmental disorders, materials optics, atmospheric aerosol coupling / satellite algorithm, nuclear research, the role of intercultural education in the context of migration, bioinformatics, ecology and biodiversity, research in astrophysics, theoretical chemistry or digital sciences.

On May 29, the French Embassy in Finland and the French Institute of Finland celebrated the Maupertuis and YEI Start in France programs, which aim to strengthen scientific cooperation between France and Finland. Many thanks to Mats Gyllenberg, Professor at the University of Helsinki and Petri Peltonen, Undersecretary of State at the Ministry of Employment and Economy, for their intervention!