is a scientific cross-disciplinary and inter-agency non-profit organization, supported by the CNRS (National Center for Scientific Research) and INSERM (National Institute of Health and Medical Research). Its current president of honor is Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, Nobel Prize.
The central objective of the association is:
- to participate in the dissemination of scientific knowledge;
- to increase society awareness on what scientific research is and what are its challenges and ethics;
- to collaborate on actions directed towards young people and general public;
- to take part in the scientific cooperation with the so-called developing countries.