In the wings of the One Planet Summit held in Paris on 12 December 2017, a delegation led by the minister of the environment and natural resources of the Dominican Republic, Francisco Domínguez Brito, was welcomed at the Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines Observatory.
In the wings of the One Planet Summit held in Paris on 12 December 2017, a delegation led by the minister of the environment and natural resources of the Dominican Republic visited the Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines Observatory. Along with Francisco Compres, minister counsellor in charge of political affairs, and Elsa Domínguez Brito, minister counsellor in charge of urban cooperation at the Embassy of the Dominican Republic in France, the minister was welcomed by the director of the Observatory (OVSQ), Chantal Claud, the vice-president of international relations of Université Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines (UVSQ), Jan Borm, and the director of international relations, Harald Schraeder, and Rosemary MacGillivray, project coordinator for international delegations at Université Paris-Saclay (UPSaclay).
A commitment to energy transition
Second country of the Caribbean in size, this tropical island bound to the north by the Atlantic Ocean and to the South by the Caribbean Sea is a popular touristic destination for the beauty of its natural environment. In order to preserve this asset, and in an overall effort towards energy independence, the minister of the environment and natural resources travelled to the Saclay plateau in order to meet the academic and research players involved in this field.
The environment, climate change and sustainable development at the heart of the visit
Along with the research actions and Master’s programmes offered by UVSQ and UPSaclay institutions in the area of the environment and sustainable development, the delegation was able to discover the activities of the Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines Observatory. One of the key missions of the OVSQ is that of observation. As such, the OVSQ participates in numerous international agreements on territorial and atmospheric observation in order to better understand the changes in the environment, including their socio-economic and sanitary aspects.
Furthermore, the delegation visited the premises of the LATMOS (Laboratoire Atmosphères, Milieux, Observations Spatiales), a joint research unit (CNRS, UVSQ, UPMC, IPSL) specializing in the study of fundamental physical and chemical processes governing the terrestrial and planetary atmospheres and their interfaces with the surface, the ocean, and the interplanetary medium. In the course of the visit, the delegation also discovered the integration and testing platform PIT (Plateforme d’Intégration et de Test) of the OVSQ, guided by Jean-Luc Maria, in charge of the platform. The PIT provides on-board equipment on satellites or interplanetary probes for the study of space and planets of the solar system. In particular, the PIT is equipped with 300 sq. m. of clean rooms and a vibrating pot that simulates take-off or turbulence conditions.
Appreciating the fruitful discussions of the day, minister Francisco Domínguez Brito underlined both the scale and richness of the project and actions led by Université Paris-Saclay as well as the possibilities for the Dominican Republic to set up cooperation programmes in the fields of renewable energies and energy economy.
Francisco Domínguez Brito and Chantal Claud
Francisco Domínguez Brito and Jean-Luc Maria
Main photograph: The delegation with, at the centre, Francisco Domínguez Brito and, to his right, Chantal Claud