What is French Talks?

Welcoming French and Malaysian experts, it aims at creating a space of dialogue, and a bridge between the two countries and their cultures. This is particularly timely in this new Malaysia where people are willing to express their views.

Organised by the Embassy of France in Malaysia and Alliance Française de Kuala Lumpur.

Talks conducted in English.



Upcoming Events:

what plants talk about

by Prof. Soizic Prado (French Chemist of Natural Products and professor at the French National Museum of Natural History)


Plants are actively communicating and interacting with each other for instance to warn specific neighbors of possible incoming stress.
Plants also harbor a huge diversity of microorganisms with which they communicate.
These plant -plant or plant-microbes communications are mediated by the production of various small signals either volatiles or diffusible molecules which constitute thus a real language. All these molecular dialogues are dynamics and do strongly impact the plant fitness.
Isolation and structure identification of these compounds as well as their mechanism of action constitute a real challenge for Scientifics.
Indeed, beyond the ecological interests, deciphering this communication could have important impact on various sectors such as agronomics.
What are these chemical signals? Where and when are they produced? Do all plants emit such chemicals? And what happens to other plants and microorganism when they “detect” such compounds?

The lecture will explore these aspects as well as other remarkable issues regarding such “talking” plants.

Talk conducted in English

Monday 3 December | 8.00pm |  
at Alliance Francaise - 15 Lorong Gurney - 54100 KL
FREE Admission Upon RSVP



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Past Events:

On Globalisation and Cultural Identities

19 November 2018

This November, we have the pleasure to welcome the world renowned French novelist, Jean-Christophe Rufin. Historian, writer and former French Ambassador to Senegal, Rufin is also the co-founder of NGO Action Against Hunger and one of the pioneers of Doctors Without Borders
Rufin’s fiction includes the Prix Goncourt-award winning The Abyssinian (1997) and Brazil Red (2001).  We live in an age of contradictions: greater communication and interconnections are leading to more intense calls for cultures to be defended from 'Others’.
With so much of the world levelled to become similar, how do we regard 'difference' and 'uniqueness' in ways that do not fall into the trappings of reactionary politics? What will happen to 'the Nation’?
J-C Rufin will be discussing his views on Globalisation and Cultural Identities with Ahmad Fuad Ramat, Lecturer at the School of Media, Languages and Cultures at The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus and co-host of the BFM radio show “Night School”.

From Paris to Setiu

22 October  2018

 A talk about understanding the reality of climate change among coastal fishers by Dr. Jarina Mohd Jani (PhD), Head of Setiu Wetlands Field Research Station, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu 


SMART CITIES

18 September 2018

Present various approaches on the use of data for the development of smart cities in the context of Malaysia & France, to open a multi-cultural dialogue on those issues.


MORE THAN A BEACH

11 July 2018

A conference by Historian Mr. Law Siak Hong about The Heritage of Pangkor Island and its present






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