The Science and Technology Division in France (hereinafter mentioned as STD/France) is a liaison office of the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) of Taiwan in France. The Division is based in Paris and acts on behalf of the MOST under the supervision of the Taipei Representative Office in France (Bureau de Representation de Taipei en France).
The main mission of the STD/France is to promote scientific and technological cooperative relations between Taiwan and France. During the past eighteen years the two countries have signed eight major science and technology contracts. These agreements cover a wide range of areas, including science and scholarly cooperation in the fields of nuclear energy, physical sciences, atmospheric research and seismology, environmental protection, biomedical sciences, water and soil conservation, highway construction and water resource technology, and scientific and engineering information, etc. The MOST of Taiwan has signed agreements, contracts, and memorandums of understanding with major French scientific institutions such as the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) and the Academie des Sciences of the Institut de France.
Other than working with France, the Science Division is also responsible for creating cooperative relationships with other southern European countries such as Italy and Spain.
Among the functions of the Science Division, the priorities are:
* To promote the signing of bilateral science and technology agreements with France and other southern European countries, and to assist the implementation of these agreements.
* To help arrange exchange visits by scientists from Taiwan and France to lecture, consult, or to become guest researchers.
* To give assistance to visiting National Science Council fellowship winners studying in France.
* To assist recruiting overseas Chinese scientists and scholars to work in Taiwan.
* To promote the Science-based industrial parks in Hsinchu and Tainan and attract high-tech investments to the parks.