The Institut Français de Singapour will be organizing the 4th  Apéro des Sciences on 23 September 2014. This Apéro will allow French-speaking scientists from universities, research centers and the private sector to freely mingle and network. These Apéros des Sciences, entirely conducted in French, are thus an excellent opportunity to enlarge your francophone circle, whether scientific or social.

Two short presentations about the speakers’ research work or institutions will be given :

•    Innovation Technologies for the emerging market,  by Anne-Laure Herrezuelo, Space and Community Manager, The Hub singapore

•    UMI CNRS BMC² : what this new entity is about by Virgile Viasnoff, Director

•    Division of Mathematical Sciences (MAS) – NTU, by Thomas Peyrin, Professor Assistant


The real fun starts after this opening when cocktails and finger food are served!

The 4th Apéro des Sciences will be held at Bar Le 83, Club Street ‎ on Tuesday, 23 September from 7pm.

Register via this link.

Please feel free to forward this invitation to the French-speaking scientists you know.

For more information, do not hesitate to contact us (


Looking forward to seeing you at the 4th Apéro des Sciences!

The Institut Français de Singapour,


Anne-Laure Herrezuelo is an agronomist engineer by training, with a double master in Agricultural Science (food and environment), and in Sociology and Rural Economy. Her career started in the NGO emergency and development field. She has been working in Africa on food security projects and in South America to help farming communities get structured and access better to market opportunities. She also provided organizational expertise to organizations working with vulnerable populations such as malnourished children, and underprivileged families. Anne-Laure then moved back to France to work as a consultant in change and organization. She has supported the restructuring of the National Immigration social services (equivalent of the French NPDT), the French national council for refugees and asylum seekers and many other social services. Due to her expertise, she has also been involved in change management for MNCs in the air and space industries, and water industry, among others. In Singapore, Anne-Laure was the Senior Manager, business and programme development for BoP Hub, which foster cross-sectorial collaboration among the BoP (Base of the Pyramid) interested parties and she is now Space and Community Manager for The Hub Singapore.


BoP Hub : Emerging economies make up two-thirds of the world’s population and the Base of the Pyramid (BoP) refers to the 4 billions people in need. These four billion are deprived of affordable solutions to transform their lives and living conditions. BoP Hub is a Singapore-based business platform, part of the Clinton Global Initiative Network, which mission is to encourage partnerships and business to give BoP a better access to appropriate products and services.


The Hub Singapore is a community of nearly 500 like-minded people. You’ll find here coworking space, curated events, learning opportunities, mentors, and a collaborative platform to source co-founders, conspirators, partnerships and friends. Even is it is not an incubator, The Hub combines the best of an accelerator, an innovation lab, a membership club, a collaborative working environment, a buzzing café, and the comforts of home. It is a space to bring together people making change regardless of industry. Members work at The Hub Singapore, attend and produce events, access funding and mentorship, source co-conspirators, find social networks, and launch companies.


Virgile Viasnoff was trained as a soft matter physicist at Ecole Normale Superieure of Paris. After one Year at Johns Hopkins (USA) as a master thesis, he joined ESPCI (Paris) where he did his PhD on the microrehology of aging colloidal system. He then spent a 2 year post doc in Harvard where he worked on nanopore technologies to study RNA folding kinetics. In 2006 he was recruited at CNRS at ESPCI in Paris where he now works on single molecule biophysics. ( In parallel to his activity in Paris, he joined MBI in 2010 as an Associate Prof where he started working on cell-cell junction mechanics and microfabrication of patterned substrate for cell culture. He is now heading the collaborative Research unit BMC² between MBI and CNRS on cell adhesion.


UMI BMC² : The UMI in BioMechanics of Cellular Contacts (BMC2) evolves from an existing and successful LIA that was set up in 2012 between CNRS and MBI to study mechanobiology of cell adhesion. Led by Associate Professor Virgile Viasnoff, who is from CNRS and is also Principal Investigator at MBI as well as Associate Professor at the Department of Biological Sciences at NUS Faculty of Science, the new UMI will study the mechanics of cell-substrate and cell-cell contact at the molecular, cellular and tissue level. The UMI will use an interdisciplinary and multi-scale app roach to understand the coupling between the mechanics, the spatial organisation of proteins and the biological properties of cell contacts.


Thomas PEYRIN : received his engineer M.S. in 2004 from CPE Lyon and specialized in theoretical computer science at the Ecole Polytechnique in France. He completed in 2008 a doctorate in cryptography at Orange Labs, formerly known as France Telecom, during which he was awarded the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) grant. He previously worked as a Cryptography Expert at Ingenico (the world leader in payment solutions) and as a Research Fellow at the School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences of Nanyang Technological University in Singapore under the Singapore Lee Kuan Yew Postdoctoral Fellowship. He is now a Nanyang Assistant Professor in NTU under the Singapore NRF fellowship.


Division of Mathematical Sciences (MAS): Founded in 2005 MAS started with five faculty members and an intake of 47 undergraduate students in August 2005. The graduate program was established in 2006. Currently the division has 39 faculty members, around 80 graduate students, and more than 850 undergraduate students enrolled in two degree programs in Mathematical Sciences and Mathematics & Economics. The division welcomed its first batch of Business Analytics undergraduates in 2012 which is in collaboration with the Nanyang Business School and School of Computer Engineering.