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.


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



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.



Charlotte Rasser joined CorWave in 2018 as Strategic Partnerships Project Manager, in charge of the CALYPSO PSPC, a €14M R&D project carried out in collaboration with clinical and scientific teams from Lille University Hospital and Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital (AP-HP).

Prior to joining CorWave, she completed a PhD on coronary and intracranial stents at the Laboratory for Vascular Translational Science (Hôpital Bichat, INSERM, Université Paris Diderot), in partnership with Balt, a pioneering ETI in the treatment of neurovascular diseases. Charlotte is a graduate engineer from the École Polytechnique and holds a Master's degree in Materials Science from Cambridge University.



- Mibelle Group Biochemistry
R&D Director France
Oct 2020 - Today
Duration of employment10 months
LocationToulouse, Occitanie, France
Cosmetic research and development, business development, partnerships and innovations.

- Pierre Fabre Group
Total duration19 years 4 months
* Head Biomimicry Dept and Biotech Actives Sourcing
Employment datesMarch 2019 - Oct 2020
Duration of employment 1 year 8 months
Focuslab BIOMIM#8
* Head of Asset and Ingredient Development
Employment datesFebruary 2015 - February 2019
Duration of employment4 years 1 month
* Asset R&I manager, Actives research manager
Dates of employmentoinov. 2010 - Jan. 2015
Duration of employment4 years 3 months
* Research Programme Manager
Dates of employmentoinov. 2006 - Nov. 2010
* research fellow medicinal chemistry
Dates of employmentJuly 2001 - Nov 2006
Duration of employment5 years 5 months
synthesis by combinatorial chemistry.
Synthesis of natural products

- Training
* Pierre and Marie Curie University
DoctorateField of study Organic and marine chemistry
Years of attendance or expected graduation date1996 - 1999
Synthesis in the series of terpene quinones and hydroquinones of marine origin
Marine chemistry laboratory
National Museum of Natural History, Paris

* University of Nottingham
PostDoc Total Synthesis of natural products
Years of attendance or expected graduation date 2000 - 2001



Emmanuelle graduated from a business school (TBS+DESS in marketing at TSM). She worked as a marketing and communication manager for more than 10 years before starting a company in the digital and sustainable development field.

She created Biocenys in 2012 and became a beekeeper to be able to design and propose Biocenys' flagship solution, the implantation of hives. With the growing importance of biodiversity to companies, new solutions are emerging (carbon and biodiversity solutions, ecopatterning, etc.).

In 2015, Biocenys developed biodiversity consulting, particularly with developers and planners. At the same time, Emmanuelle is committed to forging links between companies and biodiversity by taking an active part in working groups within the Occitanie Regional Biodiversity Agency and those of the national and regional Medef. Convinced of the environmental stakes and aware that it is the change in each individual that will change everything, Emmanuelle believes that Biocenys can play a role in transmitting and accelerating biodiversity awareness in companies.



Anthony Herrel is a research director at the CNRS and works at the Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle in Paris where he leads the FUNEVOL team of UMR7179.

He studied biology in Belgium and then did several post-doctorates in the United States.

He has edited 4 books and written 20 book chapters and more than 400 scientific articles. His research interests include the evolution of osteomuscular systems and form-function relationships.



After 10 years of experience in social intrapreneurship and CSR, in 2016 I joined "On Purpose", a leadership development programme for social and environmental enterprises.

I did two 6-month missions at MakeSense and Emmaüs France, before joining Fermes d'Avenir to create the Communication & Influence department.

At the same time, I managed the French branch of the Climate Reality Project, an association founded by Al Gore, on a voluntary basis for three years. Within this framework, I give presentations on the climate to schools, companies or during institutional events.