Global Challenges Science Week 2019: a successful first edition, with over 1,000 participants

The first edition of the Global Challenges Science Week took place from 3rd to 6th June 2019 at the World Trade Center in Grenoble. A look back at the success of this international event that celebrates interdisciplinarity in light of the evolving global challenges of the 21st century.
With over 1,000 inscriptions and 350 to 550 participants per day, this first edition brought together guest speakers from 18 different countries.

Commended interdisciplinarity

For Yassine Lakhnech, executive director of research and socio-economic transfer at Idex Université Grenoble Alpes, "This event is above all a scientific success. It is also a success in terms of participation as we went beyond our initial objectives.

Furthermore, this program brought to light the necessity of an interdisciplinary and international collaboration of the scientific community to not only exchange the latest research results, but to compare and share them with other disciplines, as many current societal challenges – to which research must answer – are at the interface of disciplines.

We can also commend the quality of the event’s organization, which gave an excellent image of our university to all participants, and which prefaces in a way the integrated university set to emerge on 1st January 2020."

This video is part of a Playlist, where you can also watch the full plenary conferences.

A rich program

The many participants were able to take part in rich program planned for these 4 days, including 15 scientific workshops, 6 plenary lectures presented by internationally renowned scientists, and cultural events such as guided visits in Grenoble for the Street Art Fest.

In total, the Global Challenges Science Week welcomed over 150 guest speakers who took part to present their work.

Many events within the event, and a special evening

As well as the workshops and plenary lectures, the entire week presented opportunities to network and to take part in events such as “Connecting doctoral research”, the Carnots meetings on “Excellence Partnership research industry” or the numerous delegations and the signing of international partnerships, in particular with the University of Keio (Japan) and the Technical University of Madrid (Spain).

Wednesday was the highlight of the event with the “Conférence d’exception” presented by Gilles Dowek, winner of the 2007 Philosophy Award by the Académie Française, on artificial intelligence and ethics, followed by the PhD Thesis Awards Grenoble Alpes that honored 8 PhD students for the excellence of their doctoral research.

Thursday saw the official launch of the multidisciplinary institute in artificial intelligence MIAI Grenoble Alpes, in the presence of and with introductions by involved industry-representatives.

Finally, a round table on open science brought to light the issues and challenges concerning open science and open access to data and to research papers.

Global Challenges Science Week 2019

Published on July 5, 2019