The Section for Science and Technology at the French Embassy in India (SST) ensures the promotion of cutting edge scientific cooperation between scientists, research institutions, laboratories, universities and other R&D actors in India and France. It facilitates the exchanges of scientists between the two countries, supports Indo-French scientific research teams and laboratories through the CEFIPRA (www.cefipra.org), and plays an active role between the two scientific communities in promoting the emergence of collaboration and partnerships.

Composed of a team of eight, among which two Attachés for Science and Technology based in Bangalore and Mumbai, the Science Department works actively with the two French research institutes based in India, Institut Français de Pondichéry (IFP) and the Centre de Sciences Humaines in Delhi (CSH). The SST also works closely with all the French major research institutions, the Ministry of Higher Education and Research in France, and with the other departments of the Embassy to best promote French research within the Indian scientific community.

The CNRS office in India, opened in February 2011, is hosted by the Science Department of the French Embassy in New Delhi. Finally, two technical experts complete the picture, one in Bhutan and the second one in Jodhpur.

As part of the worldwide network of French Science Departments (ten countries in the world: Canada, China, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Russia, Spain, United Kingdom and United States), the SST in India monitors developments and offers information on scientific and technological advancements in India. This information is disseminated through our website (www.frenchscienceindia.org), different publications (eg. reports and newsletters), and the website of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, etc. — to foster better knowledge and enhance opportunities for cooperation.