The idea of creating a francophone network stemmed from the MontreuxConference of Heads of State and Government members of La Francophonie, hosted by Switzerland in October 2010. Established on the initiative of EPFL and with the official support of the Swiss authorities, RESCIF includes 14 francophone universities from 11 different countries in Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. It focuses on three key issues for the future: water, energy and nutrition.

The creation of RESCIF is based on the following assumptions:

  1. The number of emerging countries will increase in the next decades;
  2. Science and technology will play a growing role in their future development;
  3. As a consequence, new forms of partnerships with universities in these countries are both possible and desirable;
  4. Such partnerships are the best way to mitigate the brain drain currently undermining development in emerging countries.

RESCIF’s goal is to use francophone culture as a vehicle for technological innovation in the international scientific arena by bringing together universities from emerging and developing countries. This is a unique formula in itsphilosophy and scale and the language dimension.