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Aims and Objectives

  -    -  Aims and Objectives

Clearly stated in the original statutes from 1986, the missions of the Fondation des Treilles were essentially achieved during the modification that took place in 2004.

Scientific aims and objectives

  • Establish a centre for study and research in the fields of science, humanities and the arts.
  • Encourage and support creative activities in all subject areas.
  • Promote interdisciplinary study and research.

Culture and Heritage aims and objectives

  • To promote and advocate the Foundation’s guiding principles.

The different ways for the Foundation
to achieve its aims and objectives

Each year, from March to October, the Treilles Foundation organises several seminars whose structure has been naturally determined  by the missions of the Foundation:

  • an original theme,
  • number of participants limited to 15-20 people, in order to facilitate informal discussions, and a composition involving senior and junior researchers,
  • relatively short time (Monday to Saturday), with the hope that each participant is able to stay throughout the conference,
  • a program leaving plenty of time for questions and discussions.

The Foundation welcomes scholars, authors, and musicians for residential studies, either for large groups (5 to 15 people) during 6 days or for individual or small groups for 3 days to 3 weeks. Experience has shown that meals taken together with seminars participants or other residents stimulate exchange and thus are of great value to all.

The Treilles contributes to young researchers’ studies by awarding around 12 annual prizes which help doctoral students complete a thesis of exceptional quality or help young graduates return to, or remain in, France.

The Foundation welcomes the laureates of two residency awards, the first one is open to authors of fiction or essays, the second one to photographers. It also welcomes the laureates of the Artistic and Cultural Heritage Prize. 

Finally, within the framework of the André Gide – Jean Schlumberger Centre, one or two prizes are awarded each year. The “Catherine Gide Foundation Prize” winner and researchers wishing to consult the Centre’s funds are also welcomed.

In some cases, financial assistance is provided to publish work engaged in at Les Treilles.