ATELIER CREA MONT-BLANC HOLOMEA

Irene Alvarez - Co-Director of CREA Mont-Blanc

After studying political science and economics, Irene Alvarez worked at AFD for the development of local communities in Africa through the protection of biodiversity. She now co-directs the CREA Mont-BlancShe is also a mountain guide and tries to combine two approaches that are sometimes said to be irreconcilable: the dissemination of the scientific approach and critical thinking, and the rehabilitation of the senses and the climate, thanks to transdisciplinarity and collaborative methods, particularly participatory science. She is also a mountain guide and thus tries to combine two approaches that are sometimes said to be irreconcilable: the dissemination of the scientific approach and critical thinking, and the rehabilitation of the senses and emotion. The work undertaken with Holomea on bio-inspiration is thus an attempt to change our relationship with the Living, both non-human and human.

Christine Ebadi - Co-founder of the Holomea agency

Trained as an engineer, Christine Ebadi has taken on complex team and programme management roles in predominantly technological and entrepreneurial environments. She has led organisational transformation projects in these contexts. 

She co-founded Holomeais an organisational transformation consultancy whose purpose is to move organisations towards highly cooperative forms in order to be able to respond to the complexity of ecological and societal transitions.

Through its collaboration with CREA, it is working on the emergence of organisations inspired by the principles of life, both to function more fluidly and to ensure that human and economic activities are built in alliance with life rather than against it.


CREA Mont-Blanc workshop / Holomea

Conference-workshop to share the lessons learned from an original experiment conducted by a mixed team of researchers with expertise in alpine ecology and climate and 15 professors from several engineering and business schools.

An experiment conducted via the European project ERDF-Alcotra TourScience Plus between the CREA Mont-Blanc - Research Centre on Altitude Ecosystems and holomea - firm in organisational transformation.

The collaborative work has made it possible to build educational content on the link between life sciences and management based on the concept of bio-inspiration: how can the principles of life that govern mountain ecosystems inspire our practice of team management, project management, innovation, etc.?

Sharing and discussion around these multidisciplinary bio-inspired scenarios combining ecology and management.


In the context of the European project ERDF-Alcotra TourScience PlusCREA Mont-Blanc - Centre de Recherches sur les Ecosystèmes d'Altitude - is organising a stay in Chamonix from 5 to 8 July 2022 for 15 university teachers to design a curriculum combining scientific ecology and management.

The content envisaged concerns the link between life sciences and management based on the concept of bio-inspiration: how can the principles of life that govern mountain ecosystems inspire our practice of team management, project management, innovation, etc.?

Once co-constructed, this curriculum, in the classroom and as much as possible in the mountains, will give higher education students reflexes and knowledge about the functioning of living organisms on which to base their future professional practice in managing organisations as well as innovative and complex projects.

The process :

  • multidisciplinary and hybridisation of knowledge
  • exploring different learning formats.
  • The trip brings together teachers from different schools.

Experience Sensory Odyssey at Biomim'expo

With the support of

Thanks to the support of the Institut des Futurs souhaitables and in partnership with the Sensory Odyssey Studio, Biomim'expo is pleased to welcome and offer you an exhibition and wonder space with some of the biomimetic objects designed by Big Bang Project, from the exhibition "L'Odyssée Sensorielle" which was a great success at the Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle. Take advantage of this partial and exceptional extension at the Cité des sciences et de l'industrie during the 2 days of the Biomim'expo event.

In a cabinet of curiosities specially set up in the heart of Biomim'expo, you will find some emblematic objects that demonstrate the interest in being inspired by nature, but also olfactory experiences to discover the odours of living things and photo and video projections.

But above all, with the help of the IFs and Sensory Odyssey, guided tours and mini-conferences are offered in the programme so that you can take full advantage of this ephemeral exhibition, in a multi-sensory and educational way to explain it, decipher it and grasp all its senses.

Thank you Institut des Futurs souhaitables and Sensory Odyssey studio! Thanks to the Big Bang Project studio for the design of the exhibits.


Biomimetic objects on display

These objects were created for the exhibition L'Odyssée Sensorielle at the Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle in Paris (23 October 2021 - 4 July 2022). They were designed by IFs and Big Bang Project in partnership with the Sensory Odyssey Studio.

These objects are a first part of the Cabinet of Curiosities of the Future, an exhibition in which objects from 2040 are shown as symbols of societal change. The objects are subject to exegesis, they are supports for discourse on the solutions that will exist in the future to respond to current environmental issues.

The three biomimetic objects presented here underline the metamorphosis of the relationship with the living in the future, but also the new ways of designing and making objects.

Other sensory experiences will be offered to you... to discover on the spot!


Reminder on Sensory Odyssey

From the equator to the far north, Sensory Odyssey is an invitation to a great journey. From the tropics and through the temperate zones to the Arctic ice pack, this extraordinary expedition is an inexhaustible source of wonder.

Immersed in the heart of natural environments as amazing as they are varied, visitors find themselves projected into the reality of animal and plant species. Environments teeming with life, activity and amazing interdependencies to observe and discover.

For the visitor, the experience of rediscovering nature is all the more profound because it is based on an enhanced perception of vision, hearing, but also of smell, the sense most directly linked to emotions.

The installation combines very high definition projections on giant screens with the diffusion of spatialized sounds and smells for an immersion in the heart of a succession of ecosystems. The spectacular beauty of the images and the realism with which the living species evolve and interact immerse visitors in a world they have forgotten: their own.

Without words and full of sensations, the experience takes the visitor as close as possible to living beings, even into their intimacy. The environment reacts to the visitor's presence, and his exploration animates the species and reveals their most subtle links. A life-size sensory odyssey for a deep feeling of resonance with the living world.

HANKOOK i-Flex airless pull

JAN 2022

Hankook showed the first airless tire at Ces 2022 in Las Vegas: it is called i-Flex and, thanks to the collaboration with Hyundai, it was mounted on the modular Plug & Drive (PnD) platform of the South Korean manufacturer that allows the mobility of normally inanimate objects, robots and robotic concepts I-Flex is characterized by a biomimetic design, the result of science (biomimicry in fact) that studies and imitates the biological and biomechanical processes of nature and living beings as a source of inspiration for the improvement of human activities and technologies. It allows excellent shock absorption and considerable vertical load capacity, while the fact of not having air inside increases safety while reducing maintenance costs: having no air inside, it is not subject to punctures or leaks of pressure. Important qualities with a view to the mobility of the future with autonomous driving.

As for dimensions, the model seen at Ces is small, with a diameter of 400 mm and a width of 105 mm. As for the structure, to absorb the shocks of the road and be able to carry heavy loads, the Hankook technicians were inspired by the cellular structure of living organisms, with multilayer interconnections to connect the myriad of small hexagonal and tetragonal structures, of different stiffness for a more stable load support. In addition, the concave C-shaped tread profile ensures maximum contact patch on the road, maximizing safety. The tread - designed for the multidirectional movement of the vehicle - adopts the same characteristic honeycomb pattern of the inside of the tire.


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Revolutionary technology
Recently, Hankook tyres launched a brand new futuristic, even revolutionary tyre; the iFlex. These new wheels, which are made from synthetic polyurethane, are 95% recyclable. The sound comfort is said to be increased compared to a regular tyre and even the fuel consumption is said to be significantly reduced. In addition to being puncture resistant, the "airless", which is inspired by the tracks used on tanks and snowmobiles, has several advantages. 

Incomparable advantages 
Lighter than a regular tyre, the iFlex offers maximum shock absorption thanks to the notches in its structure. With no rims, this tyre is made up of a single component, maximising your safety. Such a tyre would be able to adapt to changes in the car and different types of road surfaces. In fact, when speed increases, the central band of the tyre sags, leaving a larger contact area with the ground, which favours grip. On the contrary, at low speeds, the central band retracts, limiting the surface of contact with the ground to the edges of the tyre, with the aim of reducing fuel consumption. This new technology is therefore simpler, more economical and environmentally friendly. For the time being, no date has been given by Hankook Tyres for the launch. 



ASSOCIATED TALENTS

Nature as a partner in transforming the world

We are a very small company with two partners and consultants. We offer skills assessments and training to support business leaders and their teams. One particular training course connects entrepreneurs with Nature in the broadest sense of the term. Our teachers are horses, wolves, trees, plants etc.


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Sophie Marty Elissagaray

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MYCOPHYTO

MYCOPHYTO, a Deep Tech start-up, is inventing tomorrow's agriculture with its mycorrhizal fungi, natural plant biostimulants


MYCOPHYTO was co-founded in 2017 by Justine LIPUMA, a doctor in microbiology, and Christine PONCET, an agricultural engineer. Spin off INRAE (INRA) and UCA (Université Côte d'Azur), it has received more than 12 awards since its creation.

MYCOPHYTO is to develop, produce and propose to agricultural professionals effective biological solutions by adapting scientific knowledge concerning mycorrhizal symbiosis.


A look back at the intervention of Mathilde Clément, R&D Manager, on the Biomim'expo stage in Marseille during the IUCN World Conservation Congress:


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Jean-Nicolas Detourbet

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SIGNS

SIGNS laboratories: innovative solutions for animal welfare

Products that improve the living conditions and emotional state of production animals, laboratory animals, zoo animals and even humans.

SIGNS (Semiochemicals for Innovation Gathering Novelty and Sustainability), created in 2018, is the patent valorisation agency of Group-IRSEA, a world leader in semiochemical research. The two entities have developed a range of products based on synthetic pheromones copying nature, thus reproducing the beneficial effects for the animal.

Created in 1995, the IRSEA research institute isolated and reproduced the first pheromone in cats (Feliway), thus opening up new ways of understanding and communicating between and within species. Since then, numerous applications have been developed, notably in dogs (Adaptil) and horses (ConfidenceEQ / Equanimity) as well as in livestock (pigs, poultry, rabbits, sheep, goats, cattle, etc.).

The SIGNS laboratories are responsible for the development and marketing of products resulting from IRSEA research

IRSEA holds more than 300 patents and SIGNS Laboratories are in charge of developing and marketing the products resulting from this research. Today, SIGNS Laboratories market these pheromones and bring you natural and environmentally friendly products that meet the criteria of well-being and productivity.


Back to Alessandro Cozzi's intervention on the Biomim'expo stage in Marseille during the IUCN World Conservation Congress:


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Manon FELICIAN

Head of the Communication Department Group-IRSEA

(+33) 4 90 75 06 12

m.felician@group-irsea.com

ECOCEAN

Marine restoration solutions

ECOCEAN, INNOVATION FOR AQUATIC BIODIVERSITY

Ecocean is a pioneering French company that acts and innovates in favour of aquatic biodiversity. Riparian and coastal areas are increasingly affected by human activities and many young fish in shallow areas are faced with a lack of natural habitats. In the life cycle of coastal marine fish, post-larvae (newborns) return to the shoreline and look for a suitable habitat for their development (nursery). However, this habitat is often degraded by human constructions: it is therefore necessary to act!

The origin: in 2003, ECOCEAN developed a unique know-how, that of the collection and breeding of post-larvae (PCC) for the sustainable development of marine resources and the conservation of the biodiversity of marine ecosystems. Ecocean has become the world leader in the PCC technique and has been granted Young Innovative Company status since its creation. It is also supported by the BPI. Our various experiences in the marine environment have enabled us to develop various exclusive applications in post-larvae capture and rearing techniques. Today, these applications are based on 4 areas of expertise: sustainable breeding, ecological restoration, the sale of fishing and breeding gear, and diagnosis.


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Ecocean keeps a tight rein on marine biodiversity


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Sabrina PALMIERI sabrina.palmieri@ecocean.fr

EMMA HAZIZA

Doctor of the Ecole des Mines de Paris, hydrologist and expert in the development of strategies for the resilience of territories to flood risk, Emma Haziza has taught for more than 10 years in the main Masters and engineering schools on flood risk management in France (University of Montpellier 2, University of Nîmes, ENPTE, ENGREF, Ecole des Mines, Ecole Polytechnique, etc). It has trained various types of actors and decision-makers, from mayors to departmental prefects, including ministries.

She has also been an international lecturer for the past 15 years and represents the flood and climate change adaptation referent in France on all the major French radio and TV media (RFI, France 24, BFM, Canal +, France Inter, France Info, etc.). She has covered the last two major floods of the Seine in 2016 and 2018 or the repeated droughts since 2014 in France, offering a key to the general public on these societal issues.

From the hydro-meteorology of flooding phenomena to the human organisation of crisis management, Emma Haziza seeks to develop preventive strategies and analyses the possible optimisation levers to better cope with climatic extremes and thus enable adaptation.
His work has thus led him to find himself at the interface between different groups of actors involved in the management of hydro-meteorological risks in France. This contact with the operational and decision-making world has made him aware of the need to integrate research knowledge into concrete actions on the ground aimed at reducing the vulnerability of exposed areas and increasing the resilience of populations. It is in this context that she decided in 2010 to create Mayane, a multidisciplinary research-action centre aiming to provide solutions to increase the resilience and adaptation capacities of territories.

Finally, Emma Haziza is passionate about education and is aware of the need to implement strong awareness-raising actions for children in schools. At the end of 2009, she decided to found Mayane Association, an association under the French law of 1901 dedicated to raising awareness in schools about the risk of flooding, droughts, water saving and adaptation to climate change. This association, which is recognised as being in the public interest and complementary to the national education system, has now trained nearly 65,000 children.


The cry of alarm

https://www.goodplanet.info/2021/07/05/le-cri-dalarme-de-lhydrologue-emma-haziza/


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JEAN-BAPTISTE AND VINCENT FLODERER

Jean-Baptiste Floderer is an engineer and entrepreneur.

As an expert in innovative medical devices, biomimicry issues are at the heart of his approach: integrated into recognised R&D units, he has worked on retinal stimulation systems using neuromimetic technologies inspired by the functioning of the human eye.

Convinced of the contribution of folding techniques in all fields of engineering, including medical applications, he co-founded Plifaltec with the aim of promoting this theme in an approach linked to the living world.

Vincent Floderer is a folding artist who is passionate about the inventiveness and diversity of life. A graduate of the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris, he specialises in folding techniques derived from origami and has oriented his work towards the approach of models produced in nature. As the creator of the crumpling technique, he became interested in the scientific potential of the properties related to this technique. He founded the Crimp collective to develop his artistic concepts and promote their scientific interest by approaching renowned researchers. By co-founding Plifaltec he aims to convert this know-how acquired over the years into innovative industrial applications.


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