A look at the World Scientific Francophonie Week

The 2nd edition of the World Week of Scientific Francophonie (SMFS22) ended on Friday 28 October 2022 with a promising report of strategic and structuring projects for the development, enlargement and influence of scientific Francophonie.

Organized under the High Patronage of the President of the Arab Republic of Egypt HE Mr. Abdel Fattah al-Sissi from 25 to 28 October 2022 in Cairo, on 2th The edition of the World Week of Scientific Francophonie was a great success thanks to three major events that brought together more than 1,500 participants with an online audience that reached 5,000 connections.

These events have made it possible to expand the AUF networks, with the creation of the RÉFIA (first francophone network dedicated to Artificial Intelligence), to mobilize francophone scientific expertise around a topical and multidisciplinary theme, to materialize talks about scientific diplomacy by adopting the first Manifesto co-signed by 40 ministers and to promote and network a dynamic and enterprising youth who will carry scientific Francophonie for future generations:

1um Student Youth Congress francophone

Event during which CLÉF – Clubs Leaders Étudiants Francophones were officially launched. It brought together more than 100 young French speakers from 50 different countries, most of whom are the presidents of the brand new student clubs of the AUF. The delegates were accompanied by the Project Management Institute (PMI), institutional partner of this event, to raise awareness of project management, teamwork and entrepreneurship through fun scenarios and activities. There are already 180 CLÉFs around the world and this network is set to grow steadily and become the leading student club network in the world. This youth congress will now be an annual meeting and will allow this network to meet regularly and take stock of these achievements.
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The 6th Francophone ministerial conference

This conference was attended by 40 ministers in charge of higher education and research. It led to the co-signing and adoption of a Manifesto for Francophone Science Diplomacy, a project launched in September 2021, during the 1time Edition of the World Week of Scientific Francophonie. This founding document establishes a methodology, priorities and governance for active, responsible and united scientific cooperation in the French-speaking world and beyond.
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The 2th Meeting of the scientific francophone:

Five scientific workshops were held on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and more specifically on its impact in the humanities, social sciences, technical sciences, health sciences and management sciences. These five workshops concluded with a feedback session summarizing the main conclusions and recommendations adopted.

Two thematic workshops were also organised:

  • Educational perspective: which has brought several proposals for action to anticipate changes in the education of the French-speaking world and the role that the AUF could play in it;
  • Research publications: which made it possible to reflect on the paths for the development of scientific publications in French.

Finally, three special workshops:

  • “Egypt and the scientific Francophonie”, compiled an inventory of the scientific Francophonie in Egypt, host country of this edition of SMFS22, and made it possible to discuss its evolutionary prospects;
  • “The Conferences of the Rectors of the Francophonie” made it possible to carry out a collective reflection with the Rectors and Presidents of the Member Universities of the AUF, on the structure, the definition of the missions and the governance of a new network of “Conferences francophone des rectors de l’ AUF” which will be launched from 2023 in the 10 regions where the AUF is present.
  • Finally, a third workshop was organized to formalize the launch of the 27thth AUF network: the French-speaking network in artificial intelligence (RéFiA) which currently brings together 20 higher education institutions from 15 countries.

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In collaboration with: Acfas, DGLFLF, Fondation 2100, Project Management Institute (PMI), Al-Ahram Hebdo, France Médias Monde, NewAfrican, News Tank and The Conversation.

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