Reclaiming the place of agro-biodiversity in the conservation and food debates

IDRRI and Science Po have joined their efforts to emphasize the attention that should be paid to the protection and restoration of biodiversity within agricultural landscapes.

Click HERE to read this article which has received financial support from the Fondation Didier et Martine Primat, the French government in the framework of the programme “Investissements d’avenir”, managed by ANR (the French National Research Agency) under the reference ANR-10-LABX-14-01 and  from the Office Français pour la Biodiversité (OFB).

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“Food packaging is safe, right?”

Food packaging materials contain many chemical substances that pose potential risks to human health and the environment.

The Primat Foundation via a donation to the Food Packaging Forum supports the production of 3 informative science videos on toxic materials in food packaging.

These video are intended primarily for decision-makers and influencers (policy makers, politicians, philanthropists); multipliers (journalists from the major media, bloggers ); NGOs acting in the environmental sphere to help them to move the lines.

Click HERE to view the video presenting a scientific reflection on the toxicity of certain food packaging.

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Launch of Sparks! CERN’s multidisciplinary science innovation forum and public event

The Didier and Martine Primat Foundation is proud to support the launch of CERN’s multidisciplinary science innovation forum and public event: Sparks! Also labelled as the serendipity forum at CERN, it will bring together this November renowned scientists from diverse fields around the world, along with decision makers, representatives of industry, philanthropists, ethicists and the public to bring a novel, multi-faceted approach to address some of the big questions of our time.

For more information, visit Sparks! website


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BeMed launches its 5th call for micro-initiatives

Every year, more than a quarter of the plastic waste generated in the Mediterranean ends up in the sea. Plastic and the toxic compounds it contains are a scourge for marine fauna and flora and represent a major challenge for the preservation of the ecosystems on which mankind depends.
To prevent plastic pollution in the Mediterranean, BeMed supports, federates and accompanies actors in the field in order to reduce the use of plastic, find alternatives, improve collection systems, raise awareness, collect data and help implement new regulations. The BeMed network currently extends to 15 countries around the Mediterranean for 53 supported projects.
In the current health context where single-use plastics are making a strong comeback, it is essential to strengthen efforts to limit over-consumption and reduce leakage to the environment.

With this in mind, BeMed is launching for the 5th consecutive year its call for micro-initiatives.
Beyond financial support, the BeMed call for micro-initiatives encourages the sharing of good practices between the actors of the network. The Monaco Ocean Week 2021 will be an opportunity for the 2019 laureates to meet in the Principality to exchange on the progress of their project and for BeMed to unveil its 2020 laureates.
The call for micro-initiatives in brief :

Eligible actors: the call concerns NGOs, local authorities, municipalities, private companies with less than 20 employees, scientific institutions whose legal status allows them to receive grants.

Type of targeted actions : the call concerns actions contributing to reduce the arrival of plastics in the Mediterranean Sea. The replication or adaptation of successful experiences in other areas or countries is encouraged. Initiatives must include a maximum of concrete actions.

Eligible countries: all countries around the Mediterranean.
BeMed’s contribution for each project: up to a maximum of 10,000 euros.
Starting date of the project: from May 2021.
Duration of the project: 12 to 18 months maximum (end of project no later than 30 November 2022). The call is open until Sunday 3 January 2021.
Find all the information concerning the call for projects on the BeMed website.

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News of Haseeb Ahmed second laureate of the Earth Water Sky Residency at the Science Gallery Venice

HASEEB AHMED is the second winner of the “Earth Water Sky” residency at the Science Gallery of Venice. In the wake of his nomination,  he began working with is residency scientific partner, Professor Craig Martin, a world specialist of wind and thermal phenomena. As part of the adaptation to the Covid-19 epidemic, their discussions started in a  virtual mode and will be followed by an in situ residency as soon as possible.

An American national and MIT graduate in art, culture and technology,  Hasseb is now based in Brussels. Used to work in collaboration, he combines approaches from the hard sciences in his artistic production, which consists in the creation  of objects, installations, films and writings.

During the Ars Electronica Festival in Linz, Austria last September Hasseb gave an interview to Ariane Koek the curator of the Earth Water Sky residency, providing an in-depth insight into his work.

On October 6, 2020, Haseeb will also be in conversation with the previous winner of the “Earth Water Sky” residency Emma Critchley and their exchange will be available on this link on the website Science Gallery Venice.

Haseeb Ahmed has several exhibitions opening this year at RIB in Rotterdam, Netherlands, MuhKA in Antwerp and Kunstenhuis in Harelbeke, Belgium and in Switzerland.


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ICE MEMORY mission in the Grand Combin massif in Valais Switzerland begins!

The Didier and Martine Primat Foundation is delighted to announce the start of the ICE MEMORY mission in the Grand Combin massif in Valais Switzerland!

A team of Italian and Swiss scientists have just set up a camp at 4,100 meters from September 14 to 18 to extract ice cores for an “ice sanctuary” in Antarctica. This is their second expedition on an alpine glacier, after the 2016 expedition on Mont Blanc.

Good weather conditions are essential for the success of the expedition, as the only way in and out is by helicopter. We wish the team good sunny days!

The Primat Foundation has been supporting the ICE MEMORY project since 2017 and members of our Foundation Board will join the team for a visit of the ongoing operations this Thursday.


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