Wednesday 11 September at the Hôtel de Ville de Paris

The focus theme: to 'build' the city in 2018, in 2019 we will move to "Living in the cityWe will discuss architecture and urban planning, but also flows, mobility, energy, urban food, well-being... how can nature inspire us to rethink our living spaces?



Welcome by our hosts and political and institutional authorities

  • Penelope KomitèsDeputy Mayor in charge of green spaces, nature in the city, biodiversity, urban agriculture and funeral affairs.

Biomimicry and bio-inspiration, news and perspectives


Gilles BoeufChairman of the Scientific Council of the French Biodiversity Agency (AFB); former advisor to several Ministers; Professor at Sorbonne University; first President of Ceebios; former President of the National Museum of Natural History. >> Why and how can we draw inspiration from life to rethink our habitat, our urban ecosystems and our relationship with life as a city species?

Biodiversity for regenerative and resilient cities, concept or reality?

Co-hosted with Estelle CruzCeebios' housing project manager, architect-engineer from ENSAL and Ecole Centrale de Lyon

Gilles LecuirResearch Officer, Regional Agency for Biodiversity in Île-de-France, and coordinator of the national competition "French Capitals of Biodiversity. >> How are French cities using nature to tackle climate change?


Marion WallerMarion Waller is the Deputy Director of the Cabinet of Jean-Louis Missika, Deputy Mayor of Paris / Environmental philosopher. Marion Waller is also the author of " Natural artefacts "(Editions de l'Eclat). >> What are the conditions for a legitimate and responsible ecological restoration for a positive and regenerative intervention of man on nature?


Pascale Dalixarchitect, urban planner and co-founder of the agency ChartierDalix with Frédéric Chartier since 2008. Feedback on the new Primary School of Science and Biodiversity in Boulogne-Billancourt.  >> When the reintegration of biodiversity through the creation of an ecosystem of soil-wall-roof connections inspired by edges also plays into educational projects. A textbook case!


2 focus :

Loïs Tavernierarchitect designer. >> Presentation of the project TEKASA'I", a bamboo habitat on water inspired by mangroves in response to rising water levels in Bangladesh. Coup de coeur award 2018 of the Jacques Rougerie Foundation's International Architecture Competition.

Pierre DarmetMarketing and Business Development Director of Jardins de Gally, Secretary General of CIBI, the International Biodiversity and Real Estate Council. >> Presentation of the call to action "FOR A NATURAL CITY".

Life is about exchange, flow, movement ... rethinking mobility and adaptation of cities as a living organism.

Co-hosted with Laura MagroDeputy Director of Ceebios in charge of scientific development, graduate engineer from ESPCI Paris and UPMC.

Jérôme PerrinRenault's scientific director. >> Prospective vision of a bio-inspired urban mobility by 2050: sharing and functionality economy, flow and data management, energy, adaptation to climate issues... the city of tomorrow, a laboratory of innovations for a new mobility offer.

Elodie Stephana designer and creator of Bocage urbain in association with ICADE. >> Reintegrating the water cycle for a modular landscaping that proposes an alternative management of rainwater by creating a synergy between water and vegetation in the heart of the public space. 

Claire LesieurCNRS Research Fellow, Lyon Institute of Complex Systems (IXXI-ENS-Lyon) & AMPERE Laboratory. >> From proteins to cities: how can we optimise the geography of cities to facilitate exchanges and flows by drawing inspiration from and modelling what the organisation of networks of atoms in proteins teaches us? ... you will be very surprised!



Valérie Masson-DelmotteSenior researcher at the French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) at the LSCE (Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l'Environnement); Vice-Chair of Group I of the IPCC. >> How to adapt the city and fight against global warming?

Energy: the lifeblood of urban ecosystems and their species ... what is the right diet for healthy cities?

Christophe GoupilProfessor at the University of Paris (Diderot); DyCo Team, LIED/Laboratoire Interdisciplinaire des Energies de Demain. >> Urban metabolism: if the city were an animal? 


To live is to live together. How does nature inspire collaborative and symbiotic approaches where collective resilience is achieved through the mutual benefits of a community of destinies?

Karim LappIndependent researcher in Biomimicry. Co-founder and former Secretary General of Biomimcry Europa. President of Agir pour l'Environnement. >> Biomimicry to the rescue of territories: how can other living things help us make good decisions?

Summary of the afternoon :

Sébastien MaireChief Officer for Ecological Transition and Resilience, General Secretariat of the City of Paris. >> The resilient city, transition through balance and confluence: a holistic and symbiotic approach following the example of the great principles of resilience of natural ecosystems. Definition, feedback and illustrations through concrete examples.


Chris Younesphilosopher, professor at the Ecole Spéciale d'Architecture and the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture de Paris-La Villette; Founder of the Gerphau laboratory; Director of the PhiLAU international network. >> Are we discovering ourselves as a species in community of destinies? 


  • Closing of the day with Serge ORRU, Advisor to the Mayor at the Paris City Hall on Sustainable Development, Environment, Climate Plan, Circular Economy
  • Teasing of speakers and exhibitors on 22 October
  • Handover between the Paris City Council and Universcience / Cité des sciences et de l'industrie ...

Glass of friendship


Display of the Biomim'review educational board gallery, resulting from the editorial and monitoring work of NewCorp Conseil. A series of examples of bio-inspired innovations that contrast inspiring nature and bio-inspired technology. Read more.


From this first day of Biomim'expo (the second is the big forum day on 22 October at La Villette), we will have the pleasure of meeting for convivial moments of exchange, sharing of experience and, who knows, exploration of new adventures in the making. Biomimicry is a family ... open to the world, it is quite natural 😉