Past Event

Bridging Ideas - Celebrating 15 Years of Alliance

October 10, 2018
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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To mark its 15th anniversary, the Alliance Program is organizing a one-day symposium on 10 October 2018 in Paris. The one-day symposium, entitled Bridging Ideas, will feature two keynote panel discussions focusing on: “Building Sustainable and Resilient Cities” and “Will the Future Work?”. A marketplace of ideas session will showcase the research and ideas of faculty and doctoral students who have been grantees of the Alliance Program.


Guests are welcome to attend all sessions or choose sessions that best fit their schedule.



8:00 – 9:00 Registration

9:15 – 10:15 Introductory Remarks

Georges HaddadPresident, Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne 
John CoatsworthProvost, Columbia University
Frédéric MionPresident, Sciences Po
Eric Labaye, President, École Polytechnique
Laurence Auer, Director of Cultural, Academic and Research Cooperation, French Ministry of Foreign Affairs


10:15 – 12:15 Keynote panel discussion: Building Sustainable and Resilient Cities

By 2050, more than two-thirds of humanity will live in cities. Yet cities in the world today are facing major challenges, including overcrowding, water shortages, unreliable electricity distribution, failing transport systems, unemployment, and growing social divides. How can technical innovations help face some of these challenges? What roles do the private sector, civil society, and the knowledge community have in helping to formulate and implement solutions to these challenges? As cities become more “intelligent” and technologically connected, what is the impact on individual liberties and privacy? What role can culture play in promoting social cohesion and creating more resilient cities?


Sabine Barles, Professor, Géographie-Cités, Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
Steven Cohen, Professor in the Practice of Public Affairs at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and Director of the Research Program on Sustainability Policy and Management at Columbia University’s Earth Institute
Charlotte Halpern, Tenured Researcher in Political Science, Sciences Po, Center for European Studies and Comparative Politics (CEE)
Bérengère Lebental, Dr, Researcher at Laboratory of Physics of Interfaces and Thin Films (Ecole Polytechnique, CNRS) and French Institute of Science and Technology for Transport, Development, and Network (IFSTTAR)


Marcelle Balt, Communications Consultant


12:30 – 13:30 Lunch Break

13:45 – 15:15 Marketplace of Ideas

Faculty and doctoral students who have been grantees of the Alliance Program will present current projects, focusing on pioneering research areas that present particular promise for the future.


Richard BalmeProfessor at Sciences Po, Center for European Studies and Comparative Politics
Héloïse BerkowitzResearcher in Management at CNRS, École Polytechnique
Yvan Bonnassieux, Professor at the Laboratory of Physics of Interfaces and Thin Films, École Polytechnique
Eleonora Bottini, Associate Professor, Law School, Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
Camille Lesouef, Adjunct Professor of Art History, Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
Mariusz Kozak, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Music, Columbia University
Hélène Quiniou, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Anthropology, Columbia University
Julie Saada, Professor of Philosophy of Law, Sciences Po



Loren Wolfe, Senior Program Manager, Columbia Global Centers, Paris


15:15 – 15:30 Coffee break

15:30 – 17:30 Keynote Panel Discussion: Will the Future Work?

In the next decades, a new era of automation and artificial intelligence will radically transform the world of work. New advances in robotics will impact not only manual work but many professional activities, including in the worlds of research, medicine, and law. What will be the long-term consequences of these transformations on societies? How will they impact education systems and professional training? What pressures on social cohesion and income inequality will these transformations generate? As the struggle for employment intensifies, what solutions can be envisaged? Is the creation of a basic universal income realistic? With the advent of extensive automation and artificial intelligence, what new opportunities for employment and creative activity could emerge?



Pierre Cahuc, Professor of Economics, Department of Economics, Sciences Po
Patricia Crifo, Professor of the Graduate Degree Program for Smart Cities and Urban Policy, École Polytechnique
Francis Kessler, Director of Professional Master 2 of Corporate Social Law and Associate Professor of Private Law, Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
Jeannette Wing, Avanessians Director of the Data Science Institute and Professor of Computer Science, Columbia University



Stuart Norval, Presenter, Live From Paris, France 24


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