Science Talks at the Alliance (STA)

Hyderabad and France have a long standing history of cooperation in the fields of science and technology hailing from the 18th century till date.
In collaboration with the Institut Français India (IFI), the Science Talks at the Alliance (STA) gather Indian and French scholars, experts and practitioners to share the excellence of both countries but also critical thoughts about science and development.
The STA targets scholars, experts, students, educational institutions representatives and decision makers.


STA #4 | Pr. Gérard Berry (Collège de France) | October 2020

In partnership with French Institute in India, Alliance Française of Hyderabad invites you to a talk on “the hyper power of computing” with French computer scientist Gérard Berry from Collège de France in October 2020.


The hyper power of computing:
Digitized data, algorithms, computers and software make it possible to realize lots of new things that were quite impossible not so long ago. They are bringing revolutions to many areas : communication, science, health, transportation, work organization, culture, leisure, etc. However, most often, the general public remains not aware of the deep nature of Informatics and of the core reasons of its huge power. The talk will discuss these questions, stressing the fundamental fact that information and algorithms are fundamentally different from the more usual notions of matter, energy and waves on which physics and classical machines are based. This will be illustrated by example taken in various fields such as telecommunication, photography, medical imaging, scientific equipment, the algorithmic simulation of physical phenomena, etc. The talk will finally insist on two critical issues, the safety and security of computerized system: their quality is not yet at a sufficient level in many areas of application, which is particularly dangerous for the upcoming Internet of Things.
About Gérard Berry

Gérard Berry, member of the French Académie des sciences and Gold Medal of CNRS in 2014, studied at Ecole Polytechnique and Corps des Mines in Paris. He was researcher at Ecole des Mines and Inria from 1970 to 2001, Chief Scientist of the Esterel Technologies company from 2001 to 2009, Director of Research at Inria from 2009 to 2012, before being appointed as Full Professor at Collège de France in 2012 on the Algorithms, Programs and Machine Chair; he had previously held there two yearly chairs in 2007-2008 and 2009-2010. He officially retired in 2001. His main scientific contributions concern the formal development of programming languages in relation with mathematical logic, parallel and real-time programming, high-level design of computer circuits and systems, and formal verification of programs and circuits. He is the creator of the Esterel synchronous reactive language. Through his courses, books and conferences, he is also active in the dissemination to a general audience of the new algorithmic way of thinking and acting.

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Previous STA

STA #1: Groundwater resources in Telangana, Adrien Selles (January 10th 2020)


India is often cited as example of one of the country that will lack water in the coming future. But with a country with a size of a continent, it would be too simple to stop at this statement without looking closer. Water resource is at the center of the crucial nexus between food and energy. From farmers suicides to domestic use the water is a central element. How is the situation in India? What is and will be the water availability for the big cities like Hyderabad in 5, 10, 20 years? Through 20 years of collaboration between France and India about groundwater resource, this presentation will propose a brief summary of the water situation in India and especially in Telangana.

About Adrien Selles:
French hydro-geologist working for the French Geological Survey. Since 2015, he has been the Team Leader of the Indo-French Center for Groundwater Research in collaboration with Geophysical Institute of Hyderabad. He is studying and working especially on Groundwater resource characterization in complex systems (volcanic and granitic rocks).


STA #2: Pr. Luc Gwiazdzinski (Université Joseph-Fourier)

About Luc Gwiazdzinski:
Luc Gwiazdzinski was born in Lorraine, in the northeast of France. PhD in geography, professor and researcher in the Grenoble Alpes University where he manages the “Master Innovation et territoire. Créativité et design des politiques publiques” (Master in Innovation and territory. Creativity and design of Public Policies), he is member of the lab Pacte (UMR 5194 CNRS which is associated to MOTU [Milan] and EIREST [Paris, Sorbonne]). For the past twenty years, he has been developing geoartistic exploration protocols and working on the questions of chrono-urbanism. European specialist on cities (questions of mobility, social temporalities and urban nightlife) and responsible for conferences and research pr

ograms, he has also published extensively on these themes.

About Fatima Alikhan:
Fatima Alikhan is a Reader in Geography at the Centre for Area Studies, Osmania University, Hyderabad, where she is engaged in research on urban and regional planning in the countries of the Indian Ocean region. She has numerous research articles to her credit, particularly on the processes a

nd problems of urbanization in East Africa. Among her forthcoming books is Processes of Urbanization-An African Experience.

About Anne Chappuis:
Anne Chappuis, geographer, consultant, specialist in ” Geo-Graphical Management Information Systems (GMIS)” involved in research and development project Andhra Pradesh since 1979 ; founding member of “VIStA (Visual Information Systems for Action), NGO based in Hyderabad.

About Abeer GuptaAbeer Gupta is director Krishnakriti Foundation. An alumnus of the National Institute of Design, and Goldsmiths College, University of London, he taught at Ambedkar University Delhi between 2014-18. He has directed several documentary films and curated art, education and community media projects. He has

participated in several group shows. He is also director of Achi Association India, an organization that works for the preserva

tion of cultural heritage in Ladakh. His research is based in the western Himalayas, in Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir, around oral histories, material cultures, and visual archives focusing on ideas of cultural construction, hybridity and commodification.






STA #3 | Christine Debouzy, President of the French Association of Women Pilots



About Christine Debouzy:
Christine Debouzy has been a captain at Air France for 34 years. She is the president of the French Association of Women Pilots. She is currently the captain on the Airbus A380, whose principal destinations include the United States, Mexico, South Africa or China. She studied at ENAC school in Toulouse as an airline pilot student. Then, she worked as an instructor pilot in the national gliding center of Saint Auban, and later as a pilot in the private aviation at Bourget Airport, close to Paris.

About Daphne de Rebello:
Daphne de Rebello hold a Master’s Degree in English Literature from the Madras University obtained in 1963, two Masters and a PhD from Stanford University in International Comparative Education, as well as a Licentiate Diploma – equivalent to an MA, in Western Classical Music from the Trinity College of Music London. She had a long career in the Indian Administrative Service (AP cadre) serving from 1964 until 1993, and in the UNESCO from 1993 until 2003 in Paris. Since her retirement, she has been a senior consultant in education, Administrative Staff College of India, Hyderabad, and consulted for UNESCO and UNFPA. She was featured in the 2001 publication ‘Womanscape’ as one of 100 distinguished women from or working in Andhra Pradesh who have contributed significantly to the development of the state and the cause of women.
Former IAS officer, Dr. Daphne de Rebello, has been awarded the title of ‘Officier de L’Ordre des Palmes Academiques’ ( Officer of the Order of the Academic Palms), an honour conferred by the French National Ministry of Education in recognition of her significant contribution towards promoting French cultural stamp in Hyderabad. She became a member of the Alliance Francaise here and later became its President, a position she continues to hold today.

About Deepthi Ravula:
Deepthi Ravula is an Electronics Engineer by profession and passion. She has 15 years of experience working in USA with Palm, Nokia, Qualcomm among others in RF Communication roles. She joined the Government of Telangana as a Joint Director for Electronics in 2016, and has been appointed as CEO of WE Hub since inception in 2017. She envisions to create a work environment that is gender blind, and construct economic independence as a tool for empowerment. She is a strong proponent of Girls in STE(A)M and Women in decision making spaces.


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