Café des Sciences, Sustainable and Cleantech Innovations with EO and SOA

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Café des Sciences, May 6th 5:30pm-7pm PST, 2021

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Café des Sciences is a monthly scientific conference organized by the Office for Science and Technology (OST) from the French Embassy in the United States. Every month, join us and discuss scientific and technological news with French scientists and experts.

For the May edition, the OST in Los Angeles and San Francisco, in partnership with the Fédération internationale des Accueils français et francophones d'expatriés and the Federation of Alliances Françaises USA, are happy to host a Cafe des sciences together on the occasion of the stopovers of the Energy Observer in California.

We will welcome Louis-Noël Viviès, General Director of Energy Observer, and Daniela Fernandez, Founder & CEO of the Sustainable Ocean Alliance to talk about Sustainable and Cleantech innovations.

Sustainable and cleantech innovations

with the French vessel Energy Observer and SOA

Committed and determined to meet United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and move the lines of ecological transition, Energy Observer and SOA are both accelerating sustainable and cleantech innovations.

While Energy Observer expedition consists of accelerating transition through innovation, by demonstrating how well the on-board technologies and energy mix work in extreme environments and how they can be duplicated on a wider scale both on land and at sea, SOA is developing leaders, cultivating ideas, and accelerates solutions to the ocean’s greatest challenges.

Learn more about sustainable energies, innovations for ecological transition, hydrogen technologies, electric mobility, smart grids, carbon capture, climate risk management, and many other initiatives.

Energy Observer, the first vessel powered by renewable energies and hydrogen and the UN’s French Ambassador for Sustainable Development Goals, is visiting California! Meet Energy Observer in Los Angeles, Long Beach from April 23 to 28 and in San Francisco at Pier 9 from May 10 to 13.

Our Speakers

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Louis-Noël Viviès, General Director of the Energy Observer

Passionate about high modulus composites, aerodynamics, hydrodynamics, CFD, energy production and storage, new technologies and design, Louis-Noël Viviès joined Energy Observer in 2017 as Development Manager, then General Manager and is one of the founders of EODev. From the very beginning of his professional life, Louis-Noël Viviès has been developing special projects and events such as the Polo Master 40/40 in Indio (CA) and the TransPacific crossing by Gérard d’Aboville from Japan to Oregon. He was Olivier de Kersauson, the famous French skipper partner for 20 years, designing, building and racing the first maxi multihulls (30 meters + long) around the world for the Jules Verne Trophy, won two times against Sir Peter Blake and Bruno Peyron, launching the Ocean Alchemist long range motor trimaran, winning all the speed records in the Pacific (Round Australia, Yokohama-HK, Transpac, Yokohama-San Francisco) with Geronimo. After creating Rivacom and SeaEvents, two leading communication and TV production companies, he created Team France with Michel Desjoyeaux and Franck Cammas to race the 35th America’s Cup in Bermuda on the AC50’ foilers.

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Daniela Fernandez, Founder & CEO of Sustainable Ocean Alliance

Forbes 30 Under 30 and member of the World Economic Forum Friends of Ocean Action, Daniela Fernandez is also Founder & CEO of SOA. At the age of 19, Daniela founded SOA as a college-room idea at Georgetown University. Six years later, she has built SOA into a global organization that is cultivating and accelerating innovative solutions to protect and sustain the health of the ocean. With phenomenal speed, SOA has created the world’s largest network of young ocean leaders - by establishing a presence in over 165 countries and has successfully launched the world’s first Ocean Solutions Accelerator to develop technological solutions that can address the greatest threats facing our planet.


  • Jean Baptiste Bordes, Attaché for Science and Technology at the Consulate General of France in San Francisco
  • Maëlys Renaud, Deputy Attachée for Science and Technology at the Consulate General of France in Los Angeles

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Energy Observer - Featured speaker

The Energy Observer project was born in 2013 from the commitment of Victorien Erussard, merchant navy officer and ocean racer. Aware that it is now vital to commit to saving the planet, he assembled a complementary team of sailors, scientists, engineers and reporters in order to create the first self-sufficient vessel capable of drawing its energy from nature whilst also preserving it. The dream became a reality 4 years later, when the Energy Observer ship was launched for the first time. Developed from a legendary catamaran, Energy Observer is a laboratory for the ecological transition, designed to push the limits of zero emission technologies. Hydrogen, solar, wind, and waterpower, all solutions are experimented with, tested and optimized with a view to making clean energy a practical reality that is accessible to all. Criss-crossing the oceans to meet those coming up with sustainable solutions for the planet every day, Energy Observer has become a movement, a round-the-world Odyssey, where every stopover is an opportunity to learn, to understand and to share these different forms of energy. Energy Observer has received the High Patronage of Mr Emmanuel Macron, President of the French Republic. As the first French ambassador for the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, it is officially supported by the Ministry for the Ecological Transition, UNESCO, the European Union, Irena and Ademe.

Sustainable Ocean Alliance - Featured speaker

Sustainable Ocean Alliance (SOA) is a nonprofit organization based in San Francisco that develops leaders, cultivates ideas, and accelerates solutions to the ocean’s greatest challenges. Established in over 165 countries, they launched the world’s first Ocean Solutions Accelerator to develop technological solutions that can address the greatest threats facing our planet. Their programs are aligned with the targets of United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 14 to conserve the ocean and sustainably use marine resources.


FIAFE (Fédération internationale des Accueils français et francophones d'expatriés, International Federation of French and French-speaking Expatriate) is an international network of 150 Accueils in 90 countries, including 16 in the United States. These associations "Accueil", run by volunteers, aim to welcome, inform and help French and French-speaking people to succeed in their expatriation by creating links. Through various activities (cultural, artistic, sports), they allow newcomers to discover their host city and country and facilitate their integration. FIAFE is apolitical and non-denominational; it gathers 10,000 volunteers and 100,000 members.

Alliance Française

The USA Alliance Française chapters across the country are joined in solidarity in a national group called the Federation of Alliances Françaises USA, founded in 1902. In addition to supporting the member chapters, the Federation organizes national cultural events on Zoom that feature world-renowned authors and experts. Alliance Française cultural events are showcased online; the public is invited to discover these offerings, which are in English and French. Alliance Française chapters throughout the United States offer top quality French classes for adults and children, in addition to cultural events. The classes are available on Zoom during the pandemic, and where possible, in person as well. Regardless of the format, Alliance Française classes are unique in featuring small numbers of students for plenty of individual attention. The teachers are highly qualified and experienced in teaching French, using a communicative approach. To find the AF chapter nearest you, visit

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