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Bridging Ideas - Celebrating 15 Years of Alliance

October 10, 2018
8:45 AM - 5:30 PM
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.



8:00 – 9:00   Registration
9:15 – 10:15 Introductory Remarks

         George Haddad, President, Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
         John Coatsworth, Provost, Columbia University
         Frédéric Mion, President, Sciences Po
         President of École Polytechnique
As well as representatives from the 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?


         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
         Bérengère Lebental, Researcher at Solid Mechanics Laboratory, École Polytechnique
         Sabine Barles, Professor, Géographie-Cités, Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
         Charlotte Halpern, Center for European Studies and Comparative Politics, Director of Research, Masters Degree in Urban Strategies, Sciences Po – TBD

12:30 – 13:30 Networking Lunch
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.


         Héloïse Berkowitz, Researcher in Management at CNRS, École Polytechnique
         Eleonora Bottini, Associate Professor, Law School, Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
         Susan Boyton, Professor of Music, Historical Musicology, Columbia University
         Adrien Estève, Environmental Policy Doctoral Student, Center for International Research (CERI), Sciences Po – TBD
         Yvan Bonnassieux, École Polytechnique
         Stéphane Lacroix, Center for International Research (CERI), Sciences Po – TBD
         Camille Lesouef, Adjunct Professor of Art History, Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
         Hélène Quiniou, PhD Candidate, Department of Anthropolgy, Columbia University

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 intelligences, what new opportunities for employment and creative activity could emerge?


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

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