India and France have been working together for several decades to achieve common developmental goals. Several scientific advancements in India have been in partnership with France and India has provided unmatched resource support to France.

In order to preserve the heritage of this longstanding collaboration, The French Institute in India has initiated a project to document the scientific partnership between India and France across disciplines. The prime objective of the project is to revisit and document the common history of science & technology.

The project intends to develop a virtual archive in the form of a blog that would include scholarly and popular writing, multimedia, and public access archival documents. In addition to this would be several virtual exhibitions during the project.


Pranav Sharma

Pranav Sharma is an astronomer and science historian known for his work on the history of the Indian Space Program. He has curated Space Museum at the B. M. Birla Science Centre (Hyderabad, India). He is the in-charge of the history of Indo-French scientific partnership project supported by the Embassy of France in India. He is a national award winning science communicator and has extensively worked in the popularization of astronomy education in India.


Samuel Berthet

Dr Samuel Berthet is the co-initiator and co-editor of the project. Along with Pranav Sharma’s work the project is inspired by his PhD thesis on the history of Indo-French diplomatic, scientific and cultural relation which highlighted early co-operation on chemistry, epidemiology, and nuclear research. His current position as Director of Alliance française of Hyderabad, allowed him to contributes to the chapters dedicated to aeronautics, material science, agronomy and visual analytics.

Srini Kaveri

Srini Kaveri has been leading a research team at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Paris, and is involved with the basic and applied aspects of immunopathology and immunotherapy. He represents CNRS as the Director of New Delhi Bureau at the French Embassy.


Nicolas Gravel

Nicolas Gravel is an expert in public economics and is an international expert in the field. He has been the director of GREQAM from 2012 to 2017, and has served as an expert on many evaluative boards, including the French HCERES, the Belgium FNRS and the Canadian SSHRCC. He is the Director of Centre de Sciences Humaines (CSH) of New Delhi.

Blandine Ripert

Blandine Ripert is an ethno-geographer and her research is focused on contemporary dynamics in Nepal and India, which she approaches from a spatial, social, cultural, political and religious point of view. She is the Director of French Institute in Pondicherry.

Mathieu Weiss

Mathieu Weiss is an international research and technology policy expert. He is the Managing Director of CNES Liaison Office in India.