Association francophone pour le savoir

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Association Canadienne-Française pour l'Avancement des Sciences
Logo Acfas jaune.svg
TypeRegional association of scientists, non-for-profit
FocusPromote sciences, open-content, support initiatives promoting sciences to the general public.
Area served
Canada; Quebec
ServicesConferences, communication, software, fundrising

Association francophone pour le savoir (before: l'Association Canadienne-Française pour l'Avancement des Sciences "ACFAS" or "Acfas") is the principal French-language learned society in Canada and, particularly, Quebec.

The Acfas was founded in 1923 as the Association canadienne-française pour l'avancement des sciences (French-Canadian Association for the Advancement of Science). Its name was changed in 2001 to the Association francophone pour le savoir. Despite the name change, Acfas retained the acronym by which it has become known.The first president was Léo Pariseau. The current president (2017) is Frédéric Bouchard.

The association played an important role in building Francophone Quebec's scholarly community, supporting the growth of an intellectual milieu outside the formal boundaries of the Catholic Church. Among its founders were prominent French-Canadian intellectual such as Brother Marie-Victorin, the father of biology in francophone Quebec, and the radiologist Léo Pariseau [fr]. Today Acfas is best known for the scholarly prizes it awards annually and for its yearly conference of French-language learned societies in Canada, which is hosted by a different university each year, usually in Quebec.

The Jacques Rousseau Award is an award given by ACFAS to an individual or group who develop bridges between scientific disciplines. The award is named for Jacques Rousseau who was both a botanist and an anthropologist. He was a former secretary of ACFAS.[1]

The Georges-Henri-Lévesque Award is an award given every year by ACFAS to the Canadian students who have written the best French-language master's thesis in anthropology and sociology.[2]


  1. ^ "Carl-Éric Aubin - Prix Jacques-Rousseau - Association francophone pour le savoir (ACFAS)". Awards and Honors. 2017-03-29. Retrieved 2017-08-23.
  2. ^
  • Gingras, Yves (1994). Pour l'avancement des sciences : histoire de l'ACFAS 1923-1993. Montréal: Éditions Boréal. ISBN 2-89052-619-4.

External links[edit]