November 27, 2018

France-Israel Season 2018, French and Israeli classes meet for season-closing event

The France-Israel Season 2018 has highlighted scientific collaborations between the two nations through exhibitions, conferences and educational projects pursued by French and Israeli classes. CNES has played an active role throughout, and since September outreach actions have been organized in both countries focusing on the VENµS vegetation-monitoring mission.

In the Toulouse education district, classes in 10th grade at the Lycée Berthelot are studying different types of crops at various growth stages on farms south-west of the city. In Strasbourg, pupils at the Lycée International des Pontonniers are learning about flood risks and land planning in the Rhine Valley, while at Gujan-Mestras on the west coast the Lycée de la Mer et de l’Espace is working on how forestry and farm lands are evolving.

Some 70 pupils and 10 Earth and life science, physics-chemistry, mathematics and history-geography teachers visited CNES’s Toulouse Space Centre today at the invitation of CNES’s Youth Education department and the Institut français. They presented their projects during a videoconference session to three 10th grade classes in Rehovot and Rishon Leziyon, near Tel Aviv. The Israeli classes then presented their projects. On completion of the work that will continue after today’s gathering, case study factsheets will be produced next year and posted on the websites of CNES and the Ministry of Education and Youth.

This gathering closing out CNES’s participation in France-Israel Season 2018 was held in the presence of Philippe Marchal, CNES’s Deputy Director of Orbital Systems, representatives from the Ministry of Education and Youth, correspondents from the education authorities involved and our Israeli partners via videoconference from Tel Aviv.

Launched in August 2017, the French-Israeli VENµS satellite was co-developed by CNES and the Israeli Space Agency (ISA) to inform key decisions concerning the future of planet Earth. To this end, VENµS is supplying imagery of more than 100 sites that it revisits every two days. VENµS is designed to help the world’s scientific community to advance our understanding of climate change and its impacts and will contribute to the Space Climate Observatory (SCO), one of the 12 commitments made at the One Planet Summit organized at France’s initiative on 12 December 2017 in Paris.

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