On 18 December, 2019, the Bangalore Life Science Cluster was visited by a delegation from the French National Centre for Scientific Research, led by Prof. Antoine Petit, President, CNRS.
The visit to the Cluster was part of Prof Antoine Petit's interaction with long-standing collaborators of the CNRS in India, in honour of the organisation's 80th anniversary. The delegation also included Dr. André Le Bivic, Director, Institute of Biological Sciences (INSB), CNRS; Dr. Patrick Nedellec, Director, European Research and International Cooperation Department, CNRS; Ms. Amel Feredj, Deputy Director, European Research and International Cooperation Department, CNRS; Dr. Hervé Moreau, Scientific deputy director, Institute of Biological Sciences (INSB), CNRS; Dr Angela Giangrande, Directeur de Recherche CNRS, IGBMC, Strasbourg; Dr. Jerome Bove, Scientific and academic Attaché French Consulate, Dr. Ambika Anilkumar, Scientific Coordinator, Section for Science and Technology, French Embassy in India, Bangalore, and Dr. Srinivas Kaveri, Director, CNRS office in India.
The delegation discussed the history of the Cluster's French collaborations with faculty of the National Centre for Biological Sciences and the Institute for Stem Cell Science and Regenerative Medicine. In attendance were researchers with strong ties to French scientific programmes, including Prof Apurva Sarin (Director, inStem), Dr. Dasaradhi Palakodeti, Dr. Dhandapany Perundurai, Dr. Geetha M. Swamilingiah, Prof R Sowdhamini, Dr. Sandeep Krishna, Dr Sonia Sen, and post-doctoral researchers of the Cluster--Dhananjay Chaturvedi, Laasya Samahita, Preethi P Reddy, Shubham Kesarwani, and Sukanya Madhwal.
BliSC researchers have extensive collaborations with researchers in France, and Prof Sowdhamini mentioned the discussion on 18th December also delved into exploring future possibilities, "Having our students apply for the Raman-Charpak 10-month fellowship, Eiffel Scholarship for PhDs, and potentially setting up a multi-disciplinary CNRS international lab at the Cluster."
The delegation lunched with faculty and members of the Research Development Office, followed by a visit to C-CAMP, where they interacted with Dr. Taslimarif Saiyed, Director, C-CAMP.
Dr Srinivas Kaveri's summary of the fruitful interactions at the Cluster: "The visit of the President and CEO of CNRS signifies that we at CNRS value our privileged and longstanding interaction with scientists of BLiSC. Our association with NCBS has clearly shown that a long-term cooperation is the key for establishing constructive projects. The dynamic collaborative efforts of scientists of CNRS and NCBS also imply that appropriate tools of cooperation would fall in place when there is a willingness to work together."