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9.30am - 9.45am [ OPENING


Launch of the 6th edition. 

>> Definition, news and trends in biomimicry, presentation of the day.

Kalina RaskinGeneral Director of Ceebios

Alain RenaudinFounder of Biomim'expo, President and founder of NewCorp Conseil 

9.45am - 10.45am [ CITIES AND ARCHITECTURE, a bio-inspired revolution is underway to rethink our species habitat

Faced with the challenges of resource scarcity, urban warming and urban rewilding, bio-inspiration is making progress and opening up new perspectives

Estelle CruzPhD, Project Leader of the Ceebios Bio-inspired Habitat project.

>> What if we thought of building envelopes as the envelopes of living organisms?

Estelle is the author of a CIFRE thesis "Multicriteria characterisation of biological envelopes: Towards the development of bio-inspired facades", carried out within CEEBIOS and the MECADEV laboratory of the Muséum national d'Histoire Naturelle.

Steven WareARTBUILD Associate Architect.

>> Autonomous shading systems that open and close like petals for adaptive and reactive facades

Presentation of Pho'liage, which will be implemented on a large scale on the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) building in Lyon-Gerland 

Christophe MénézoDirector of the LOCIE laboratory (Savoie Mont Blanc University/CNRS).

>> Presentation of the Citybiom project

How can we optimise the management of cities and limit their environmental impact by observing the continuous and efficient exchanges of nature? In collaboration with the Centre Scientifique et Technique du Bâtiment (CSTB) and the Ampère laboratory (École Centrale de Lyon - CNRS).

Emma HazizaHydrologist, specialist in the resilience of territories to extreme climate risks. Founder and President of Mayane. Doctor of the Ecole des Mines de Paris.

>> Why is it urgent to go beyond the carbon issue and take a global view of the water - food - energy triptych?


4 disruptive startups to highlight amazing alternative materials derived from the study and observation of living things.

Mariana Dominguez-PenalvaArtist, biodesigner, researcher, entrepreneur. CEO Fungus Sapiens, an Agro-Biotechnological ecosystem in circular economy, social and solidarity, hybrid between a mushroom farm and a biomimetic research laboratory.

>> It's amazing what you can do with mushrooms!

Recycling biomass to grow food and medicinal products, creating plant-based alternative leathers and plastics, depolluting and regenerating ecosystems through mycorrhization ... and what if the mushroom was the future of mankind? A look back with Mariana at her background, her perception of biomimicry, her advice and opinions on all the mycelium derivatives that grow here and there, and of course illustrated by numerous concrete examples.

Anthony CourtoisPhD - Marine Biotechnology, co-founder of Polymaris.

>> Marine micro-organisms, unrivalled champions at the service of man.

Polymaris selects and cultivates innovative molecules from marine micro-organisms for new biomolecules with exceptional properties that have no terrestrial equivalent. Packaging, protection, antifouling, biodegradable bioplastics... the sea has all the solutions.

Romuald VigierModulatio founder.

>> Bio-inspired forms that are both economical and multifunctional.

Mimicking life to save raw materials and CO2 is good, but obtaining parts with exceptional functional characteristics (strength/mass ratio, dissipation of kinetic energy from shocks, vibratory, thermal and sound insulation, thermal and chemical exchanges, etc.) is even better.

Isabelle Pascal, Entrepreneur and consultant. Founder of Shiliu Design Bureau

>> Bio-sourcing, bio-inspiration and biomimicry: vision and inspiration from Asia.

From the first biomimicry experiments carried out in collaboration with The Fabrick Lab in Beijing to the new CArrele collection of innovative materials launched with Nature Squared, 15 years of Asia and a wonderful adventure where nature, luxury and innovation resonate in a circular perspective.

11.45 - 12.30 [ WHEN SPACE INSPIRES US

Biomimicry invites us to become aware of our place in the whole tree of life and how this ocean of life can inspire and help us. Space also challenges us, about our place in the universe and the fragility of this balance.

Sylvain Michel, CNES (Centre national d'études spatiales), Innovation & Operations & System engineer

in duo with Laura MagroCeebios, Deputy Director for Scientific Development

>> CNES bio-inspired research programmes.

Remote identification, in-orbit recycling, satellite swarms, shared intelligence ... when Earth inspires Space, and vice versa.

Barbara BelvisiFounder and CEO, Interstellar Lab

in duo with Jim RhoneCPO at Interstellar Lab and co-founder of Soliquid

>> Plan to live on the Moon to live better on Earth.

Growing plants, fruit and vegetables in all climates, in an environmentally friendly way and with easy water recycling ... space-saving bioclimatic greenhouses that could well inspire farming on Earth.

End of special sequence for a collective experience:

Jean-Pierre GouxPresident & Founder, OneHome

>> Experience the overview effect.

The public will be invited to plunge into the darkness and slow down time to fully experience the startling effect of discovering "the house of men. Explained and animated by Jean-Pierre Goux who explains:"With these images of the Earth, we hope to generate new enthusiasm for our planet"; The overview effect made the astronauts aware of the fragility of the Earth and made them want to protect it".

14:00 - 14:45 [ Excellence and influence of France, Energy, Biodiversity ... when biomimicry becomes a strategic tool

With an exceptional panel:

Cédric VillaniPresident of the Parliamentary Office for the Evaluation of Scientific and Technological Options (OPECST). Mathematician, Fields Medal winner in 2010. Member of Parliament for Essonne. 

>> Great Nature!

Collective intelligence, forms and growth, ecosystems and symbiotic interactions... when biomimicry inspires and challenges the mathematician.

Fabrice BoissierDeputy Director General of Ademe

>> Biomimicry & Energy. Why and how Ademe is using biomimicry as a tool for reflection and action to address energy issues.

Announcement of the latest Ceebios collective report initiated by Rte "Biomimicry and Energy" and call for expression of interest.

Bruno DavidPresident of the National Museum of Natural History

>> Biodiversity and human health

Lhen the destruction of biodiversity and wildlife habitats jeopardises the future of humanity itself. If there is one strategic asset to be protected because it is vital, it is biodiversity. A look back at the recent period and the outlook.

Huguette TiegnaMember of Parliament for the Lot. Member of the Economic Affairs Committee. Member of the Parliamentary Office for the Evaluation of Scientific and Technological Options (OPECST). Vice-Chairwoman of the special committee on the Climate and Resilience Bill. Rapporteur of the report of the Parliamentary Office's study mission on biomimicry.

>> Huguette Tiegna will close the session by inviting people to join the round table dedicated to the presentation of the preliminary report of the parliamentary information mission on biomimicry.

This will be followed by an official visit to the Ceebios stand and further debates with numerous stakeholders and personalities during round tables at 15:15 in the Louis Armand plenary.

14.45 - 15.30 [ Marine biomimicry, a disruptive innovation approach for the medical sector of tomorrow

Nature is great, and knowing and understanding it better can also help to treat humans better. Focus on two very fine French scientific and entrepreneurial adventures stemming from marine biomimicry, spearheads of Biomim Deeptech, which are changing the game in their respective worlds.

Charlotte RasserHead of Strategy and Scientific Affairs, CorWave.

>> CorWave, a heart pump inspired by the swimming of marine animals.

CorWave is developing an innovative implantable heart pump for patients with advanced heart failure. This medical device is based on a unique undulating membrane pump technology, inspired by the swimming of marine animals, which enables it to produce a pulsatile, physiological and adaptive blood flow to provide clinical benefit to patients. 

Franck ZalCo-founder, Scientific Director and CEO, Hemarina.

>> Hemoglobin from the marine arenicolous worm: an example of marine biomimicry.

"Biomimicry is the key to the therapeutics of the future"; "The marine arenicolous worm, the first universal oxygen carrier for therapeutic purposes". Franck Zal reviews the history of this discovery, the breakthrough innovations it offers, and the incredible source of inspiration offered by marine biodiversity. 

3.30 - 4pm [ Skincare and cosmetics ... Nature as a source of inspiration and not just as a resource

Nature is also brilliant in its ability to protect itself from a multitude of environmental aggressions, to manage and create beneficial symbiotic interactions... how can we draw inspiration from it to develop new approaches to both take care of humans and take care of the Earth?    

Stéphane PoignyR&D Director France, Mibelle Biochemistry France. 

>> A new generation of bio-inspired molecules of interest.

Presentation and revelation of recent research work and product applications in the fields of sensitive skin treatment, skin tissue regeneration, anti-ageing, or even surprising applications resulting from the exceptional adaptation capacities of foams for nearly 500 million years...

Katia RavardHead of Transversal Projects and Biomimicry, Pierre Fabre Group. 

>> Look like the skin to better protect it.

As the saying goes, "what goes around comes around" ... at molecular levels too. Presentation of the latest discoveries and advances of Pierre Fabre Research on the interest in mimicking the composition of the skin and its structural lipidic organisation to better care for it through formulations that are not only ultra compatible with our skin microbiota but also reduced in the number of ingredients to provide our skin with only what is necessary. 

16:00 - 16:45 [ DESIGN AND INDUSTRY. Biomimicry and the industry of tomorrow

Erik GrabVice President Strategic Anticipation, Innovation & Sustainable Development, Michelin.

>> Biomimicry to accelerate transitional innovation.

The Michelin Group is accelerating the integration of life cycle analysis and biomimicry to find new solutions inspired by nature to address the challenges of climate change, ecological restoration and resource scarcity. An innovative R&D strategy in line with the Group's global sustainability objectives for a wide range of innovations in materials, production processes, sustainable mobility and recycling.

Sylvain LegrandManufacturing Accounts Executive, Autodesk.

>> Biomimicry and additive manufacturing, a revolutionary combination to redesign industry and contribute to a better world.

How can we draw inspiration from life to imagine a new generation of products, of better quality, more sustainable and with less impact on the planet? Drawing inspiration from Nature to change the nature of tomorrow's industry.

Nassardin Guenfoud and Giovanni TufanoPhDs in Mechanical Engineering. Research Project Managers and Engineering Consultants. Capgemini Engineering

>> Introducing natural shapes in Design

Towards new bio-inspired forms in product design. Biomimicry at Capgemini Engineering and its use in two research projects in the field of transport and energy.


Life is continuous adaptation, dynamic balance, renewal, breathing ... RESET: how do we resynchronise? 

Olivier HamantBiologist, researcher at the INRAE (National Institute for Research in Agriculture, Food and the Environment). Director of the Michel Serres Institute

>> Rewarding underperformance.

Like the living, the search for 'individual sub-optimality', a key to resilience? According to Olivier Hamant, "The biggest weakness is performance" ; "In a world of abundance, which is being depleted, being rewarded by performance is a disaster"... how can we keep the flexibility and amplitude necessary to transform ourselves?

Gilles BoeufPresident of Ceebios. Biologist, Professor at Sorbonne University. Former President of the National Museum of Natural History. Member of the Scientific Council of the French Office for Biodiversity

>> How to raise awareness among decision-makers to accelerate ecological awareness.

"If I attack the living system, I am attacking myself"; "No one can do anything without thinking about the impact on the environment"; "Biodiversity is fundamental to the survival, not of the planet, but of man"; "We are witnessing the collapse of wild life and the explosion of domesticated life"; "There is no point in being pessimistic, it is by reacting that we will change something".

Cédric RingenbachPresident and founder of La Fresque du Climat, Consultant and teacher

>> Better knowledge, better understanding, for better action.

What are the triggers for decision-making and what is needed to scale up? 

Virginie Raisson-VictorCo-founder and spokesperson of the Great Business Challenge for the Planet

>> Transition as a common project.

The Great Business Challenge for the Planet is a unique participatory initiative that brings together economic actors and civil society around a common objective: to facilitate and accelerate the transition to a sustainable model for all. How to mobilise and involve?

Minister Annick Girardin, Minister for the Sea

At a time when the exploration of the deep seabed has been announced as one of the major strategic axes of the France2030 plan by the President of the Republic, mentioning biomimicry, as he had already done at the Assises de la Mer in mid-September, the presence of the Minister supports and testifies to the interest in this biomimicry approach as a lever for innovation and solutions.


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