Organized by the Office of Science & Technology of the Embassy of France in the United States (OST), the French American Innovation Day (FAID) is designed to emphasize a specific topic that is significant to science and innovation. For the second time since 2009 (with Mérieux Alliance), FAID is organized in association with an industrial partner, VEOLIA-WATER Solutions & Technologies and is held during two consecutive days on November, 29th and 30th 2012.


The 10th edition of FAID is dedicated to:

“Membrane Technologies as Tools for Sustainability in Water Management,
A Transatlantic Perspective”

Optimum management of global water resources presents one of the most crucial challenges of the 21st century. The water industry is directly connected to those of energy, health and food in particular.

In this market, Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies is a specialized provider of technological solutions in water treatment. With more than 10,750 employees, the company develops innovative technologies for water and wastewater treatment, with a focus on recycle, reuse and valuable product recovery from waste streams. For more than 155 years, Veolia has been known for its water management and treatment expertise and today also provides tools to help facilities measure their water footprint and move toward sustainable water management. Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies is a subsidiary of Veolia Water, the world leader in water and wastewater services. Specialized in outsourcing services for municipal authorities, as well as industrial and service companies, they are also one of the world’s major designers of technological solutions and constructor of facilities needed in water and wastewater services. With more than 96,500 employees in 69 countries, Veolia Water provides water service to 103 million people and wastewater service to 73 million.

2012 FAID is in line with the company R&D efforts. In particular, membranes and their selective properties and specific transfer properties will play a key role is novel sensors development. Veolia is keen to sponsor the development of such sensors to accelerate their practical use in our value propositions to clients around smart networks and smart plants.

This event aims at exploring the development of membrane technologies through synergies with various disciplines and collaborative R&D activities with public and private research including the best international scientific experts of both sides of the Atlantic.

The first day of the 2012 FAID (November, 29th) will gather high level academic French and American scientists, as well as corporate executives from both countries who will present through presentations and opened discussions with the audience, the latest advancements through Membrane technologies.

The second day of the 2012 FAID (November, 30th) will be dedicated to specific sessions aiming at developing cooperative activities.