US Scientists Respond to Emmanuel Macron’s Call and Head to France


Many climate scientists, inclusive of US-based ones, have sent applications to the French government to work in the country. This was in response to Emmanuel Macron’s appeal to scientists to come work in the country.

This surge in applications comes in the wake of Macron’s famous campaign slogan dubbed ‘Make our planet great again.’ The slogan was chosen to parody Donald Trump’s campaign slogan that vowed to ‘Make America great again.’ Germany has also announced that it plans to set up a program similar to that of France.

CNRS’s chief research officer, Dr. Anne Peyroche said that although most of the researchers only applied to work for short sabbaticals, at least 154 scientists sought to work in France for at least four years. She added that the national research agency continued to receive applications every hour.

In June, President Macron assured scientists disillusioned by Donald Trump’s blatant dismissal of proven climate change scientific discoveries that they would find a reliable partner in France. During his speech, he urged all scientists, entrepreneurs, engineers, and responsible citizens who were disappointed by President Donald Trump’s decision that they would find a second homeland in France.

Macron continued by calling on all scientists to go to France and work with French researchers to create concrete solutions for the environment and climate. He added that France would not give up and remains committed to succeeding with international help because the whole world shares the responsibility of making the planet great again.

The French scheme is worth a total of £53 million and offers several grants including four-year ones worth up to £1.3 million. Additionally, Dr. Peyroche revealed that officials were head-hunting leading researchers. The 50 scientists awarded grants under the French scheme would be announced at the end of the year.

One of the applicants is Ashley Ballantyne who is a bioclimatologist based at Montana University. According to the scientist, the United States presently has very few funding opportunities that promote research programs looking into carbon-climate interactions on a global scale. The researcher added that the fact that the French program was willing to fund visionary thinking was an appealing factor.

After Angela Merkel’s announcement that Germany was ready to follow in France’s footsteps, the country is in the process of setting up a German fund. The government will provide £13 million while research bodies are expected to contribute more money.


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