France can lay claim to a significant number of world-changing inventions and innovations, from the Montgolfier brothers’ hot air balloon and the Concorde’s sonic boom, to pioneering the fashion industry, self-assembling shoes, live surgeries, and 3D printed aneurysms.

This spring, the French Library / Alliance Française of Boston and Cambridge is pleased to present “French Innovation,” its latest cultural program series. Each program in the series will explore the history of an industry, present its evolution and current landscape, and welcome a modern-day innovator who will introduce us to a groundbreaking product.

Our series coincides with an eye-opening, interactive gallery exhibit featuring sketches and models of French innovations from the past through today.

This series is brought to you, in part, by the Consulat Général de France à Boston, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy,
and the Office for Science and Technology of the French Embassy.

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Special thanks to our corporate sponsor:


Events in this Series


From Iron Hands to Printed Organs

Medicine’s History and Future, Featuring Biomodex and Stoke Therapeutics

Friday, May 10, 2019 6:30 PM To 9:30 PM
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Join us for an exploration into the world of French innovation in medicine, featuring Biomodex and Stoke Therapeutics.

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From the Royal Court to Active Textiles

French Fashion Innovations

Thursday, May 23, 2019 6:30 PM To 8:30 PM
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The second program in our French Innovation series will explore this French staple, from the fashion of its royal courts to the country’s indefatigable status as a pioneer in fashion and luxury innovation today.

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From Versailles to the Stars

French 'Firsts' Will Transform Air Travel

Thursday, June 6, 2019 6:30 PM To 8:30 PM
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An air travel lifestyle that Jules Verne could only imagine now is on the cusp of becoming reality! Join us for the final program of our French Innovation series and learn what's next in aviation and space innovation from three innovators linked to the French tradition.

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