Abroad lectures series and symposia

Collège de France professors are regularly invited to take part in conferences organized by the Overseas Cultural and Diplomatic Network of the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs (MAEE). This network, one of the most extensive worldwide, includes 150 cultural centres (Institut français) and close to 30 French Research Institutes Abroad (Instituts français de recherche à l'étranger). The dissemination of French thought and the promotion of intel-lectual debate are among this network's main missions, which converge in this respect with the priorities of the Collège de France. Agreements have been signed with some of these institutions to set up Collège de France lecture series. The latter are organized in conjunction with local academic institutions and are often covered by the media. The first of these cycles was launched in 2007 with the Institut français de coopération in Tunisia. It was recently resumed after an interruption due to the events of 2011.
Six other cycles have been created to date, in partnership with (in chronological order) the Maison française d'Oxford (IFRE), the Institut français of Madrid, the French Embassy in South Korea, the Institut français of Budapest, the Cen-tre Jacques Berque in Rabat (UMIFRE) and the Institut français of Bucharest.
The last three cycles were launched in 2011. Profs Pierre Corvol, Gilles Veinstein (†), and Don Zagier were invited to Budapest, and Profs Antoine Compagnon, Philippe Descola, Jon Elster, Henry Laurens, and Roger Guesnerie were invited to Rabat, where the series focuses on the study of the contemporary world. Profs Anne Cheng, Henry Laurens, Pierre-Étienne Will, Mireille Delmas-Marty, and Claudine Tiercelin gave lecture series in 2012. Finally, a series devoted to chemistry has just been launched in Bucharest. Note also that the Collège de France was the guest of honour at the celebrations for the 20th anniversary of the creation of the Collège universitaire français in Moscow, on 3-5 October 2011. Four professors (Profs Jacques Bouveresse, Pierre Corvol, Mireille Delmas-Marty, and Michel Zink) tra­velled to Moscow to give a series of lectures at Lomonosov Moscow State University. These partnerships have given rise to over eighty invitations extended to Collège de France professors in foreign institu-tions.
The creation of the Institut français on 1 January 2011 went hand in hand with the restructuring of France's Over-seas Cultural and Diplomatic Network. In light of this reorgani­zation, the Collège de France and the Institut fran-çais signed a partnership agreement in order to strengthen exis­ting colla­boration concerning the promotion of debate and the disse­mination of scientific knowledge. This agreement was signed by Prof. Pierre Corvol, Adminis-trateur of the Collège de France, and Mr Xavier Darcos, President of the Institut français, on 12 December 2011, on the occasion of the Cultural Diplomacy symposium organized by the Institut français at the Collège de France. This symposium, at which several Collège de France professors were speakers, was broadcast live on the Collège's web-site with simultaneous translation in English and Spanish, to ensure a very wide international audience.