Celebrating 20 years of Franco-Irish research partnerships! [fr]

We celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Ulysses scheme, with more than 600 researchers funded for their Franco-Irish research projects!

The Embassy of France in Ireland and the Irish Research Council celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Ulysses scheme on the 29th May, at a special event in the Royal Irish Academy.

The Ulysses scheme – named after James Joyce’s famous novel to celebrate the Joycean links between Ireland and France – is designed to support new research collaborations between Irish and French researchers. It also promotes the development of mutual research projects involving young French researchers visiting Ireland and reciprocal visits by young Irish researchers to France.

Dr. Pontille (Ecole des Mines) & Dr. Coletta (Maynooth University) and their team - 2017 Ulysses laureates
Peter Brown (Director of the IRC) and H.E. JP Thebault (French Embassy, with L.Aupetit (Fr.Emb), L.Harty (IRC) and S.Aymard (Fr.Emb.)
Peter Brown (IRC), Stéphane Aymard (Fr.Emb) with some Ulysses laureates
Stéphane Aymard (Fr.Emb), Peter Brown (IRC) with some Ulysses laureates
Peter Brown (Director of the IRC) and H.E. JP Thebault (Emb. of France)
Dr. Gautier, 2014 Ulysses laureate, sharing her experience

More than 600 researchers funded
Since its establishment in 1997, more than 600 French and Irish researchers have been funded through the Ulysses scheme.
The domains and the outcomes of the projects are very widely diverse, as it goes from humanities to physics, marine research and agriculture:
- 83% of the Ulysses laureates co-signed scientific publications.
- 29% of them have applied to European programmes with a high-success rate.
- 80% have continued their research with their partner through joint communications in symposia, researcher or student visits, organisation of conferences or seminars, etc.

(You can find a selection of success-stories here

A quality Franco-Irish collaboration in research
Commenting on the success of the Ulysses scheme, Peter Brown, Interim Director of the Irish Research Council, said: “We are very proud to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Ulysses scheme. Promoting partnerships with international researchers is extremely important in developing new collaborations, supporting mobility and the exchange of skills and experience. We are delighted to see that Ulysses’ laureates have used their experience to further their careers and achieve prestigious positions in academia.”

Mr. Jean-Pierre Thébault, Ambassador of France to Ireland, commented on the importance of the Ulysses scheme. ‘Each year this programme attracts excellent researchers on relevant topics, from fundamental research in astronomy and mathematics to very applied research on subjects such as marine energies and health. Its success demonstrates the quality of the Franco-Irish collaboration in research.’

The call for applications for the 2018 edition of the Ulysses scheme is open!
The call for applications for the 2018 edition of the Ulysses scheme is now open and runs until the 15th September.
The programme offers grants up to 2 x €2,500.
More information can be found here

Published on 06/06/2017

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