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Singapore/France : SILVER - a large scale scientific programme on the ageing of the population in cities of the future

16 mai 2017

On April 6th and 7th, a scientific workshop was held at the CNRS and at the Hôtel de Ville de Paris, bringing together French and Singaporean researchers and their institutional and industrial partners on the issue of aging and the loss of autonomy of elderly in urban areas.

This workshop is part of the prefiguration of the SILVER programme (Singapore Innovative LiVing EnviRonment), which aims at providing innovative solutions, creating a toolbox and developing coherent concepts in order to adapt the urban environment to seniors. This programme, coordinated by the International Research Unit IPAL (UMI 2955), implies a strong multidisciplinary approach, as it involves three out of the ten CNRS Institute, in the fields of information sciences and their interactions (INS2I), engineering and systems sciences (INSIS) and social and human sciences (INSHS). It has enabled several institutions and organizations of the French research system, the National University of Singapore (NUS) and the University of Technology and Design of Singapore (SUTD), as well as leading industrial players such as the AXA Group and Dassault Systèmes to tackle this issue together and reflect on potential future collaborations.

The scientists received a strong support from H.E. Zainal Arif Mantaha, Singapore Ambassador in France, and Jean Louis Missika, Deputy Mayor of Paris in charge of urban planning, architecture and economic development. Both underlined the willingness of Paris and Singapore to work in favor of the development of international scientific collaborations in order to identify innovative solutions to future societal challenges together.

SILVER would be the first scientific programme implemented within the framework of the CNRS@CREATE undertaking, sealing a strong and sound alliance between the CNRS and the National Research Foundation of Singapore (NRF). CNRS@CREATE will aim at implementing structuring collaborative research and innovation projects in order to carry out high-level scientific cooperation between the two countries.

CNRS@CREATE would become the fifth research facility that the CNRS operates in Singapore, after four International Joint Units (UMI) established in 2007, 2009 and 2014, along with CNRS@ASEAN, its regional representation for ASEAN.

Credits : National Climate Change Secretariat (NCCS)