Association francophone pour le savoir

Acfas (previously: Association francophone pour le savoir from 2001 to May 2019 and before, Association canadienne-française pour l'avancement des sciences from 1923 to 2001 "ACFAS" or "Acfas") is the principal French-language learned society in Canada and, particularly, Quebec.

TypeRegional association of scientists, non-for-profit
FocusPromote sciences, open-content, support initiatives promoting sciences to the general public.
Area served
Canada; Quebec
ServicesConferences, communication, software, fundraising
1935 Acfas Congress

The Acfas was founded in 1923 as the Association canadienne-française pour l'avancement des sciences (French-Canadian Association for the Advancement of Science). Its name was changed in 2001 to the Association francophone pour le savoir. Despite the name change, Acfas retained the acronym by which it has become known. Since May 2019, the Association has simply been called Acfas.

The first president was Léo Pariseau. The current president (2021-23) is Jean-Pierre Perreault.[1]

The association played an important role in building Francophone Quebec's scholarly community, supporting the growth of an intellectual milieu outside the formal boundaries of the Catholic Church. Among its founders were prominent French-Canadian intellectual such as Brother Marie-Victorin, the father of biology in francophone Quebec, and the radiologist Léo Pariseau [fr]. Today Acfas is best known for the scholarly prizes it awards annually and for its yearly conference of French-language learned societies in Canada, which is hosted by a different university each year, usually in Quebec.

The Jacques Rousseau Award is an award given by ACFAS to an individual or group who develop bridges between scientific disciplines. The award is named for Jacques Rousseau who was both a botanist and an anthropologist. He was a former secretary of Acfas.[2]

The Georges-Henri Lévesque Award is an award given every year by Acfas to the Canadian students who have written the best French-language master's thesis in anthropology and sociology.[3]


  1. ^ "L'Acfas, au service de l'avancement des savoirs". Acfas (in French). Retrieved 4 January 2022. Nommé pour un mandat de deux ans, le président de l'Acfas est Jean-Pierre Perreault depuis le 11 mars 2021.
  2. ^ "Carl-Éric Aubin - Prix Jacques-Rousseau - Association francophone pour le savoir (ACFAS)". Awards and Honors. 2017-03-29. Retrieved 2017-08-23.
  3. ^ "Prix d'excellence GHL | acsalf". 5 July 2022.
  • Gingras, Yves (1994). Pour l'avancement des sciences : histoire de l'ACFAS 1923-1993. Montréal: Éditions Boréal. ISBN 2-89052-619-4.