PROGRAMME 2016, 1st and 2nd July 2016

Friday 1 July 2016

9:00-9:30 a.m. Coffee reception

9:30-10:00 a.m. Welcome and introduction to the dayby:

  • Pascale LoiseleurMayor of Senlis, who initiated the Ceebios
  • Barbara PompiliSecretary of State for Biodiversity to the Minister for the Environment, Energy and the Sea

10-11am: opening plenary

Biodiversity as a source of inspiration and innovation towards a new sustainable growth.

  • Gilles BoeufScientific advisor to the Minister Ségolène Royal for life and nature sciences, climate and the ocean; Professor at the Pierre and Marie Curie University; Advisor to Bruno David, President of the National Museum of Natural History
  • Philippe VasseurPresident CCI Nord de France, former Minister; founder of the World Forum Lille and co-initiator of the Jeremy Rifkin master plan for the third industrial revolution; Special Commissioner for the revitalisation and re-industrialisation of Hauts-de-France
  • Nathalie LebasPresident of the "Education and Research" Commission of the Hauts-de-France Regional Council
  • Jacques Livagemember of the Académie des Sciences, professor at the Collège de France (chair of condensed matter chemistry)
  • Olivier VarletDirector General of the competitiveness cluster MatikemAntonio Molina, President of Matikem and Ceebios, will represent

11am-1pm: 4 KEYNOTES 

Biomimicry and industry: stories, innovations and announcements

  • Air Liquide will explain how and why the group is interested in biomimicry and new modes of research, and will present, for the first time and in collaboration with the company Greenever, a progress report on the bio-inspired hydrogen production project. With:
    • Bernard SaulnierInternational Fellow Expert Air Liquide
    • Adrijana SehovacI-Lab Air Liquide
    • Jérôme LoeuilProduct Manager
    • Thierry FradetalProject Manager Bio H2 Greenever.
  • L'Oréal will explain how biomimicry is now integrated into the Group's sustainability objectives; and announce how advanced research is being inspired by life for new generations of consumer products. With: 
    • Alexandra PaltChief Sustainability Officer
    • Laurent GilbertAdvanced Research International Development, Director
  • Dassault Systèmes (3ds) will explain when biomimicry, digital and 3D combine for new bio-inspired production processes, by:
    • Frédéric VacherDirector of Innovation
  • Eiffage will explain the place of bio-inspiration in its sustainable development policy and will present for the first time an assessment of its experimentation with soil mycorremediation on the Allar site near Marseille, France:
    • Iswann Ali BenaliSustainable Development Department
    • François DapillySustainable Development Department

1pm-2pm Lunch on the grass - around organic food trucks with nice formulas and reasonable prices 🙂

14:00-15:30 PITCHES & ROUND TABLES (sessions #1 and #2 in parallel)

Session #1 Energy, materials, chemistry, health: how bio-inspired innovations are moving from research to market.

// Plenary room - succession of pitchesmini-conference //

  • Hemarina: Franck Zal will present its biotechnology research to develop revolutionary universal oxygen carriers inspired by marine worms.
  • NewWind will explain the biomimetic approach and the collaborative research that led to the design of the wind tree, the innovative urban wind turbine, with Jérôme Michaud-LarivièrePresident
  • EEL Energy: Jean-Baptiste Drevet (chairman) will present the results of the ongoing experimentation of the wave membrane tidal turbine.
  • Elbe-petro: Laurent Bedel (CEO) will present his bio-inspired invention for reducing chemical evaporation
  • Saint-Gobain Isover: Maria Fabra Puchol will present a "how-to" on biomimicry for industrial research and its ongoing work with the National Museum of Natural History.

Session #2 Architecture, urban planning, agriculture: how our buildings and cities of tomorrow are being rethought with, for and by living things.

// Showroom - atmosphere " literary café A "sharing of experiences" by the speakers //.

  • Interface: Laure Rondeau Desroches will present the biophilic design approach to workspace design and how the integration of nature, in all its dimensions, influences the well-being of employees.
  • EiffageIswann Ali Benali will talk about the city of tomorrow, as imagined by the sustainable development department and the foresight team.
  • In Situ Architecture / Plant Reproduction and Development (PRD) Laboratory : Nicolas Vernoux-Thélot architect DPLG and Téva Vernoux researcher in plant biology will talk about tropical architectures, a transversal approach between architecture and plant morphology that favours contextualised and environmental thinking.
  • Topager: Nicolas Bel will talk about "urban agriculture and biomimicry of ecosystems".
  • Farms of the future: Pierre Pageot present the concept of "Farms of the Future", in particular on the example of the experimental micro-farm of Montlouis-sur-Loire in Touraine

15:45-17:15 PITCHES & ROUND TABLES (sessions #3 and #4 in parallel)

Session #3 When research imagines the world of tomorrow ... by taking inspiration from it

Sharing of experiences and expertise between 4 atypical researchers in the fields of energy, materials, robotics, ...

// Plenary room - succession of pitchesmini-conference //

Hosted by Kalina RaskinDirector of Development of the Ceebios


  • Christophe Goupil - Biomimicry of uses: energy efficiency or performance. Interdisciplinary Laboratory for the Energies of Tomorrow, UMR 8236 LIED, University of Paris Diderot.
  • Sylvain Deville – Ceramic Synthesis and Functionalisation Laboratory (LSFC), CNRS / Saint-Gobain, Cavaillon
  • Stéphane Viollet - Research Director CNRS - Head of the Biorobotics team - UMR 7287 Institute of Movement Sciences - Marseille
  • Christophe EglesPhD. Professor, CNRS UMR 7338: BioMechanics and Bioengineering (BMBI) - University of Technology of Compiègne (France) / Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology. Tufts UniversitySchool of Dental Medicine, Boston (USA)
  • Arnaud AntkowiakSenior Lecturer UPMCResearcher at the Institut Jean Le Rond d'Alembert (UPMC-CNRS); Member of the FCIH team: complex fluids and hydrodynamic instabilities; will talk about their exceptional discovery related to the elasticity of spider threads (publication May 2016)

Session #4 Learning about biomimicry: a new generation of curricula in response to a new generation of demands

// Showroom - atmosphere " literary café A "sharing of experiences" by the speakers //.

With and moderated by Idriss Aberkane, professor at the school Centrala researcher affiliated with Stanford (California) and Polytechnic

  • Institute of Desirable Futures, Jean-Luc Verreaux (General Delegate) will present the new range of training courses developed with and for Ceebios.
  • Mines Nancy Franck Cleymand (activity rResearch: Institut Jean Lamour, UMR 7198 CNRS-Université de Lorraine, Department of "Nanomaterials, Electronics and Living", Team: "DOLPHIN-nanomaterials for life and responsible development")
  • ENSCI-Les Ateliers – Guillian Gravesdesigner/teacher, head of the 'design + biology' programme
  • Sup'Biotech – Olivier Girinsky - Project & Innovation Officer
  • Transition 2030Karim Lapp will share feedback on the "Archicircular" training cycle on biomimicry for architecture and urban planning in the face of the challenges of ecological transition.

17.30-18.45 closing plenary

How can biomimicry ALSO benefit biodiversity?

Hosted by Emmanuel DelannoyDirector ofInspire,


  • Guillaume Lecointreprofessor at the National Museum of Natural History (of which he is a member of the board of directors and advisor to the president); researcher in systematics, director of the "Systematics and Evolution" department. 
  • Jean-François SilvainPresident of the Foundation for Biodiversity Research (FRB)
  • Audrey CoreauFrench Agency for BiodiversityProject Manager, National, European and International Strategies Department
  • Sylvie BénardGroup Environment Director LVMH
  • Christian BerangerSustainable Development Director for France CEMEX

19h Aperitif champêtre

20h Convivial dinner (on reservation)

Screenings of short films from the Nature = Future series (a co-production of La Belle Société Production, Universcience, Muséum national d'histoire naturelle, Inserm, CNRS, Ceebios, Ville de Senlis, France TV Education, Away to Wake up productions)

22h30 End of the day and departure at 11pm of the shuttle to Paris Porte Maillot (on reservation)

Saturday 2 July 2016

10-11am CONFERENCE Ceebios missions and biomimicry news/trendsKalina Raskin will present the Ceebios (missions, objectives, organisation, work), and will provide an international benchmark on the networks, means and challenges of biomimicry.

11am-12pmWORKSHOP #1 – BiomimicardsThe workshop will be held at the end of the year and will focus on the following topics: - The use of nature to design products and services. (fun and educational workshop, for young and old). Hosted by Wiithaawith Nicolas Buttin and Brieuc Saffré

11am-12pm WORKSHOP #2 – Biomimetic walk. Rediscover the great nature that surrounds us, in the Ceebios park, with Tarik ChekchakSecretary General of the French Committee of Biomimicry Europa.

12:00-13:00 CONFERENCE Biomimicry: Reconciling Technosphere and BiosphereTarik ChekchakSecretary General of the French Committee of Biomimicry EuropaThe exhibition will show through a wide range of astonishing examples how nature is the reign of performance and excellence.

1pm-2.30pm Free lunch / private meetings - around organic food trucks with nice formulas and reasonable prices 🙂

14:30-15:15 CONFERENCE Oil prices, bio-based and bio-inspired chemistry: the war of the worlds and modelsDaniel Gronier (Association Chimie Du Végétal) will deliver a geostrategic analysis: "Is the price of oil deciding the future of plant-based chemistry?

3.30 p.m. - 5 p.m. closing plenary Oceans and biodiversity: infinite sources of inspiration and levers for new growth: Is the Sea the future of the Earth?


  • Paul Ricard Oceanographic Institute: Patricia Ricard will give a summary of the EESC report for which she was rapporteur, and her views on biomimicry and marine environments.
  • Explore (the Roland Jourdain Fund) will explain its action in terms of development and support of projects that use science, innovation and awareness to address environmental issues (COMBIOS, composite materials; UNDER THE POLE, polar expeditions; NOMADE DES MERS, collaborative expedition for frugal innovation)... by Emmanuel Poisson
  • Plankton Planetwith Sébastien Colinmicroscopy engineer, also a member of the expedition TARA Oceans
  • Equipe Cousteau, Tarik ChekchakDirector of Science and Environment, will share his experience and lessons learned from his expeditions around the world.
  • ASI Innovations, Giacomo Bersano will present "The Flota Project", an innovative photovoltaic-based offshore energy generation system awarded by a European H2020 project.

- Continuous Friday and Saturday -


  • Exhibition on biomimicry 
  • Film screenings ("Nature = Future", a co-production of La Belle Société Production, Universcience, Muséum national d'histoire naturelle, Inserm, CNRS, Ceebios, Ville de Senlis, France TV Education, Away to Wake up productions)
  • Photo exhibitions
    • Sabine Bernert (series of photos of animals entitled "looks")
    • Gilles Mermet (Amazonian insects and beetles)
  • Stands companies, start-ups, schools/universities
  • Pitch students (universities, engineering schools, design schools, fine arts schools)
  • Documentation area self-service (video, brochures presenting biomimicry actors, notes and reports)
  • Ephemeral bookshop with the Saint-Pierre bookshop (selection of books)
  • Signing session of authors
  • Meeting rooms / meeting spaces / contact walls
  • TV set for programmes and interviews (in partnership with Up Magazine)
  • Radio RFI broadcast "c'est pas du vent", Anne-Cécile Bras
  • Animations and experiments with Labio, the Laboratoire Associatif de Bio-mimétisme installed at Ceebios