Eva Adam Picazo, PhD Senior Lecturer in Applied Linguistics at the School of Civil Engineering of the Universitat Politècnica de València (ETSICCP-UPV), has been awarded the rank of Knight of the Order of the Academic Palms of the French Government, one of the most prestigious distinctions in France, by the Director of the Institut Français de València (IFV), Maxime Henri-Rousseau, in recognition of her contribution to the international dissemination of French culture.
Created in 1808 by Napoleon, the award is intended to honour the most eminent personalities in the fields of science and education in France and the rest of the world.
Adam, daughter of Valencian emigrants and born in Montpellier, admitted that she felt "thrilled, happy and very proud that the country where I was born and lived until I was 16 has recognised me in this way for my contribution to the dissemination of French language and culture in Spain".
Niece of the Valencian composer Bernardo Adam Ferrero - "who was the one who awakened my sensitivity to music", as Adam recalls - Henri-Rousseau has described her as "an active cultural agent of Franco-Spanish relations" and particularly emphasised the many years that Adam has spent building fruitful bridges between the UPV and numerous French academic institutions.
Winner of the UPV Excellence in Teaching Award in 2019 and nominee for Best Teacher in Spain 2020 in the Higher Education category of the Educa Abanca National Competition, Adam exerts his influence in a bidirectional way, as he has also organised musical activities in France with poems and songs by French and Spanish poets and songwriters. Among these is the musical event in Valencian, French and Spanish 'Exili. Poemes i cançons franco-espanyoles 1936-1975', which she coordinated in 2022 at the Centre del Carme Cultura Contemporània (CCCC) in collaboration with the IFV.
An expert on the work of the contemporary French writer Henri Calet, on whom she wrote her doctoral thesis, Eva Adam is also a member of the research group "Intercultural Dimension and Active Language Learning" (DIAAL-UPV) and of the international and multidisciplinary research project "Music Lang", which demonstrates the benefits of music in improving communicative skills when learning a second language.
Furthermore, as a result of the cooperation that has existed between the IFV and the UPV for many years, both institutions will soon sign an agreement to donate the IFV's documentary collection to the Universitat Politècnica de Valencia, consisting of around 10,000 copies of general French literature (classical and contemporary literature, historical novels, detective stories, comics and works on the human sciences), CDs by French-speaking artists and DVDs of films in French.
The collection will be named after the French writer and first Minister of Culture in the history of the country, André Malraux, for his strong commitment to culture and his close ties with Spain. It will be housed in the library of the ETSICCP-UPV at the disposal of all Valencian academics.
The IFV also undertakes to keep this collection updated by donating recent publications to the UPV every year.