AXA further strengthens its support to international science through an additional contribution of EUR 100 million to the AXA

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AXA further strengthens its support to international
science through an additional contribution of 
EUR100 million to the AXA Research Fund 
AXA pursues its commitment towards independent academic research by adding
EUR100 million to the AXA Research Fund budget for the period 2013 to 2018. 
This amount tops the initial EUR100 million granted to the AXA Research Fund 
at its inception in 2007, which have since then benefited 367 projects led by
researchers from 49 nationalities working in more than 150 universities in 27
countries throughout Europe, Asia and the Americas. 
This will allow the AXA
Research Fund to continue its mission which is to support top-tier researchers
in areas associated with environmental, socioeconomic and life risks, and to
promote the dissemination of their discoveries in the public debate. 
Research Fund will in particular increase its efforts to help scientists go one
step further in sharing their knowledge with a broader audience in order to
actively nurture public debate on risks threatening our societies. In this
perspective, the AXA Research Fund has started new funding initiatives 
dedicated to innovative researchers with high potential to enter public debate, 
enhance risk awareness and develop participative scientific methods to better 
understand global challenges. It will also continue to regularly organize 
popularization workshops and academic events, as well as publish its Books of 
Knowledge, which provide a readily accessible and concrete introduction to the 
work of the supported researchers. 
This scientific philanthropy initiative is a major component of AXA's 
corporate responsibility strategy, which aims to better protect people against 
Commenting on this announcement, Henri de Castries, Chairman & Chief Executive 
Officer of AXA said: "We firmly believe that improving knowledge and 
understanding of the risk landscape is key to the development of societies. 
This genuine conviction is the starting point of our strong commitment to 
providing academic researchers with the means and the freedom they need. I am 
convinced that scientists are today's explorers. Supporting them is not only 
our core responsibility but also a great honor as well as a unique chance to 
enrich common knowledge and contribute to better protecting people by helping 
them face the consequences of climate disasters, increase in life expectancy, 
sociopolitical events and many more..." 
Thomas Kirkwood, President of the AXA Research Fund Scientific Board further
commented: "The AXA Research Fund has managed to build a very distinctive
reputation for the supported works, through a process based on the highest
quality peer reviews contributing to the selection of outstanding institutions
and top-tier researchers. As new Scientific Board President, I am fully
committed to maintaining and developing the reputation for excellence that the
AXA Research Fund has established. I am particularly happy about the new
commitment to reinforcing support to the dissemination of scientific
discoveries, as I am convinced of the tremendous benefits that will come with a
stronger engagement of the researchers into the public debate." 
Research Fund grants are all awarded following a robust selection process based
on academic standards and overseen by a Scientific Board composed of renowned
senior academics and several AXA Group representatives. This Scientific Board 
is supported by an operational team managed by Godefroy Beauvallet, Head of 
the AXA Research Fund. 
The AXA Research Fund is the
scientific philanthropy initiative of AXA. It aims to further understanding and
management of today's and tomorrow's risks. Since its founding in 2007, the 
Fund has committed a total of EUR 100 million to more than 360 promising 
research projects at leading academic institutions in 27 countries around the 
world. The Fund undertakes long-term partnerships, focusing on research to 
contribute to the public debate and help manage or prevent risks to the 
environment, human life and societies. 
For more information:
Twitter: @AXAResearchFund - #axarf 
As a responsible corporate citizen, AXA strives to play a positive role in 
society, by building a culture that promotes employee volunteering and by 
helping to build better understanding of the risks faced by individuals and 
society at large. This commitment includes three key initiatives: 
- Volunteer work, carried out through the AXA Hearts in Action international 
solidarity organization for 21 years. In 2012, over 28,500 employees  
volunteered in charity projects around the world.
  - The AXA Research Fund, which supports science contributing to understanding 
and preventing environmental, life, and socio-economic risks.
  - A partnership with the humanitarian NGO CARE, to help vulnerable  

    populations better face climate and health risks.

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