September 22, 2020
The "Journée François Jacob" is a day-long symposium organised each year by the Collège de France’s Institute of Biology in order to assess and discuss key and cutting-edge topics in biological research. Participants may be researchers based at the Collège de France or French and foreign guests.
The symposium traditionally coincides with the Antoine Lacassagne award being officially granted to its recipient. This award, given each year by the Collège de France to a young researcher in biology, is also the opportunity for the awardee to present a lecture during the symposium.
The symposium is named after François Jacob, holder of the chair Cellular Genetics of the Collège de France from 1964 to 1991, Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine 1965 with André Lwoff and Jacques Monod for the discovery of genetic control in the synthesis of enzyme and virus synthesis.
Quagga, an extinct equid. Water colour on vellum parchment by Nicolas Marechal (1753 -1802), painted at Paris in 1793 and illustrates the Quagga stallion of Louis XVI menagerie at Versailles. By Nicolas Marechal
The 2020 edition of the "Journée François Jacob"
The 2020 edition of the "Journée François Jacob", on September 28, 2020, will focus on paelobiology. The leading question How to resuscitate the past to understand the present ? will be addressed through different examples, with a special interest in humans and the microbiota. Researchers in biology, paleontology and microbiology will endeavor to shed light on a broader topic which has always fascinated mankind: our origins and our interactions with other species.