The NATF: A hub of collective intelligence
The NATF counts today 303 Fellows who represent a very large spectrum of knowledge and competence, comprising: research scientists, industrialists and entrepreneurs, economists and lawyers, philosophers of the sciences and technologies, urban planners and architects, physicists, chemists, engineers, astronauts, physicians and surgeons, specialists in ICTs, agronomists and food and agriculture specialists etc.
The Academy, resolutely independent and impartial in the way ir addresses real issues of the interactions between technology and society, accompanies societal questioning as we seek to discover meaning and content in technological progress, leading to reasoned, reasonable decisions for the benefit of an enlightened public. “Sharing reasoned, chosen progress”, is the NATF motto.
The Academy holds an intermediate, bench-marking position between policymakers and the general public opinion, and contributes, through the recognised quality and originality of its actions and studies, to favouring and enhancing Progress for all.
Committees / Main working groups
NATF Executive Organisation
NATF is managed by the Academic Bureau and Council which are supported by 3 permanent committees
- The Executive Committee for Academic Studies
- The Executive Committee for Quality Assurance
- The Executive Recruiting Committee
There are presently 12 thematic Standing Committees
- Energy and Climate Change
- Mobility and Transportation
- Urbanism and Housing
- Demography, Education, Training, Employment
- Research, Technologies, Innovation and Employment
- Technologies and Development for the LDCS
- Technologies and Health
- Society and Technology
- Four national academies, in Germany, acatech and Leopoldina, and in France, Academy of sciences and Academy of technologies, have gathered researchers and experts to work on “Energy Transition” during two workshops. Sharing of different approaches by Germany and France to the evolution of energy systems and anticipation of challenges to come were main motivations. The two countries have also identified fields of further scientific collaboration.
- NATF organized a public meeting on “Connected Objects: the 3rd Digital Revolution”, with about 180 participants. Round Tables included start-up founders, think tank leaders and public institutions’ personalities.
- Invited by the French government, NATF established a priority list of “Horizon 2020 Key Technologies as a Function of Market Needs”: Energy, Environment, Mobility, Leisure and Culture, Security, Housing, Health, Nutrition and Telecommunication.
- NATF actively participated in the founding and establishing in 2015 of the Algerian Academy of Sciences and Technologies.