Ambassador Lapouge opens the "Reacting to Chemistry" exhibition
Johannesburg, 13 November 2012
Ambassador Jacques Lapouge was in Johannesburg on Tuesday to open a scientific exhibition at Sci-Bono museum. The exhibition, “Reacting to Chemistry”, aims to make chemistry available and accessible to school children in South Africa through interesting and interactive activities and artefacts.
In opening the exhibition, Ambassador Lapouge said that the scientific cooperation between France and South Africa is becoming increasingly important in the bilateral relationship and highlighted the importance of projects that reach out to a younger audience, such as the chemistry exhibition. He was particularly pleased that the exhibition would tour across the country, so that even those without access to Sci-Bono would be able to enjoy it.
Scientific cooperation between France and South Africa is growing strongly and the number of joint initiatives and exchanges reaches a new high each year. In 2011, there were 433 scientific articles co-published by French and South Africa researchers, contributing significantly to fields from oceanography to astronomy, from engineering to palaeontology.
Over and above simply cooperating on scientific research, France provides avenues for South Africans to further their studies in France. French universities are among the best in the world and many offer courses in English and thanks to generous bursary programmes available, the number of South Africans travelling to France to study is increasing steadily.
Reacting to Chemistry was therefore a tangible and inspiring example of this relationship and Ambassador Lapouge stated in opening the exhibition “I see this exhibition as emblematic of the ideas which motivated the organization of the France-South Africa seasons”. The exhibition, within the French Season in South Africa, is an important testament to the dynamic and growing relationship between France and South Africa.