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#demainleclimat, Sorbonne University’s year of mobilization for climate study

2000 men and women work daily at UPMC and Sorbonne University studying the environment and the climate. Researchers, professors, administrative staff, students... everyone has been mobilized in 2015 to understand the challenges of climate change and to enable citizens to better understand and push for solutions. Below is a year-in-review of our main highlights of this season '2015 for the climate'!

#demainleclimat was designed to federate internal communities, increase awareness in the general public to climate issues and problems by providing keys to understanding; and communicate the need for action especially with young audiences.

The editorial platform www.demainleclimat.frNouvelle fenêtre with lots of scientific content (in French)

Built as a Sorbonne-University-wide search engine, the public website www.demainleclimat.fr is a showroom of knowledge and know-how. Launched in April, the pages educate users on issues related to the climate. In just a few clicks, everyone to find all the events, publications and debates organized by the Sorbonne University partner institutions (Université Paris-Sorbonne, UPMC, Compiegne University of Technology, INSEAD, MNHN PSPBB, CNRS, INSERM, IRD, INRIA, CIEP). Its different sections (Discoveries, The Heart of Sciences, Climaginarium, Questions, Agenda) offers a new and original vision of climate, provides the keys to understanding the current change and to spotlight social issues linked to global warming.

"Tomorrow's climate": a sustained and innovative event programming throughout the year 2015

Conferences open to the general public

Throughout the year, the “Heart of Science” conference cycle encouraged scientific exchanges, educated students and contributed to discussions across the society around three main elements: "Climate and the society of tomorrow", "Climate and Ecosystems" and "Understanding the climate and the Earth system."


The Summer University is a course at the Sorbonne and lecture series organized by the Paris-Sorbonne University. This program is for students or faculty wishing to discuss the latest research and visitors wishing to spend a moment of culture and exchange. One program was devoted to mutations of man and his environment.


Campus life under the Climate flag

The UPMC Welcome Week (integration days for new students) also adorned with the colors of the climate, while the Sorbonne University Science Village installed on the Jussieu campus with many a 'climate' experiences to the delight of young and old. Educational and professional climate projects

The climate seen from space in April brought together researchers, students, and engineers from the National Centre for Space Studies (CNES) with the association “Small But Resourceful”. The program included lectures, screenings of short films by master students, roundtable discussions, and an exhibition satellite models.



Third-year students in bachelor's of science and technology in scientific communication courses have been working together with children and high school students from two classes in Paris and scientists from the Institute Pierre-Simon Laplace. The Seine 21 conference organized in May by the students of the UPMC course "Soil, Water, Environment”, addressed the risk of flooding and waste in the presence of companies and local authorities.

The weekly Climate Cafes (friendly informal meetings between UPMC students, researchers, faculty and engineers) have resulted in a summer school for students and PhD students from UPMC.

The half-day conference "The climate, I'm doing my job" organized by the Doctoral Education Institute (IFD) has raised awareness among doctoral students in climate professions. Because the research advances the technology, medicine and understanding of the world around us, the UPMC Science Stories series takes users to meet its researchers and their work through the graphics, a portrait, and a video. Three episodes have been devoted to the theme of climate: ozone pollution, oceanography, and urban ecology. The chapter "Tomorrow's climate" on the UPMC Youtube channel offers 25 videos.


The climaginarium or Climate sketches

Elyx, the virtual character created by Yacine Aït Kaci (known YAK) accompanied the 18 “the Heart of Sciences” conferences and is displayed on visual campaigns of the Welcome Week and the Science Festival. Fiamma Luzzati created four cartoon reports jointly hosted on Le Monde newpaper's site, www.demainleclimat.fr and UPMC.


Two artists in residence

L’UPMC has hosted residencies of artists "100% climate" a visual artist and a company of dancers. Its meetings and exchanges with scientists from Sorbonne University, Anaïs Tondeur created a piece called Dryades, which takes the form of two installations, Dryads and Cry Eophone. This elegant mosaic of photographs, videos and maps, was the subject of an exhibition on the Jussieu campus (until January 2016).


Dancer, choreographer and teacher, Chrystel Calvet created the company Contre Pied (“Wrong Footed” meaning the opposite) in 2007 gathering in the same working group people with differen training and conduct reflections on the body, space, movement and play. The company's artists (Tuomas Lahti, Juliette Brulin, Marine Orphan, Stanislas Siwiorek) have jointly developed their research and original creations around climate and its challenges.


Climate and media

In September, The Institute Pierre-Simon Laplace received 17 journalists from the Association of Science Journalists of the news media (AJSPI) on the UPMC Jussieu campus to present a sample of their work on pollution and climate. (AJSPI) pour leur présenter un échantillon de leurs travaux sur la pollution et le climat.


The daily newspaper Les Echos published a special report "climate" on the occasion of the conference Our Common Future under Climate Change. Read, "Climate: Scientists face warming" See (in French), « Climat : les scientifiques face au réchauffement »Nouvelle fenêtre.


An international climate conference on the Jussieu campus

L’Unesco et l’In July, Unesco and UPMC hosted the conference Our Common Future under Climate Change (CFCC). This international conference organized under the patronage of François Hollande, President of the Republic, brought together about 2,000 researchers in climate science. "The scientific community has decided to organize an intermediate conference aimed at presenting climate science and all its challenges in a unique event, going from basic science to the solution," says Hervé le Treut, climatologist, UPMC professor and director of the Institute Pierre-Simon Laplace. "The interest in this conference exceeded our expectations, since we made an announcement about the scientific sessions and got 450 responses, which is significant."