Paris, Nov. 28 (CNA) Taiwan's Chang Ching-fong and Sylvie Dufour of France received the 2012 Taiwan-France Science and Technology Award in Paris Wednesday for their achievements in marine biology research.
Chang and Dufour have cooperated in the study of marine life physiology and ecology since 1992. They have made many new discoveries regarding the reproductive and endocrine systems of fish and corals.
At the award ceremony at the French Academie des Sciences, Dufour said he was very happy to win the honor and that he believes it will help promote international cooperation between France and Taiwan.
Describing his experiences of conducting research in Taiwan as "rich," Dufour said the experience allowed him to witness the research life at Taiwanese laboratories and to get to know a culture that is very different and yet very close to that of France.
Chang, meanwhile, said the award is meaningful because it shows that the research cooperation between the two countries is firm and deep.
Chang praised French scientists as conscientious, which he said makes them perfect partners for cooperation.
The awards, now in their 14th year, are jointly organized by Taiwan's National Science Council and France's Academie des Sciences.
(By Tsai Hsiao-ying and Y.F. Low)