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Highlights from the RefleXions symposium for sustainable development

On Friday, June 7, École Polytechnique held an international scientific symposium on sustainable development. New commitments, energy transition, data science, health issues, low-carbon economy and global warming. We take a look back at this full day of lectures and round table talks.

9:00 a.m. – President of École Polytechnique Eric Labaye opens the symposium

During his opening speech for the RefleXions symposium, President of École Polytechnique Eric Labaye announced the five measures involved in the institution’s commitment to sustainable development and ecological transition. They are namely an education in sustainable development for all the students of l’X, the creation of a sustainable development qualification for all students, the creation of the Energy4Climate multidisciplinary research center, a goal to achieve carbon neutrality on campus, and the launch of an international challenge on sustainable development.

>>See also: École Polytechnique making a commitment to sustainable development

9:45 a.m. – first speakers share their views on global warming

Valérie Masson-Delmotte, Michał Kurtyka and Scott Barrett discussed global warming and the scientific and geopolitical challenges it presents, the first theme of the RefleXions symposium on sustainable development.

>>See also: [Symposium] Global warming: science and geopolitics

11:00 a.m. – round table discussion on low-carbon economy

École Polytechnique graduate and Nobel laureate in economics Jean Tirole was present to explore the issue of CO2 related to human activity and the resultant adaptation of our economic systems. Also with him to provide their insights on these issues were Anna Creti, Jean-Marc Jancovici and Benoît Leguet.

1:30 p.m. – l’X researchers present sustainable development research undertaken at their labs

Four researchers from the labs of École Polytechnique presented their work on sustainable development. Among them were Gérard Mourou, 2018 Nobel laureate in physics; Philippe Drobinski, Director of the Dynamic Meteorology Laboratory and Coordinator of the Trend-X Program; Camille Duprat from the l’X Hydrodynamics Laboratory; and Bérengère Lebental from the Laboratory of Physics of Interfaces and Thin Films.

>>See also: [Symposium] Research at l'X for sustainable development

>>See also: [Symposium] Focus on Trend-X

2:30 p.m. – health issues in the spotlight

Shenggen Fan, Marion Guillou, Markus Amann and Matthieu Coutière held a round table discussion on two major issues for health, specifically air quality and the availability of agricultural resources. New technologies and radical changes in behavior stand out as the two main responses to these challenges.

>>See also: [Symposium] Breath and nourishment: urgent challenges for health

4:00 p.m. – event concludes with a talk on data for sustainable development

The last round table of the RefleXions symposium was devoted to the issues raised by data platforms in seeking solutions to ecological transition problems. These platforms give rise to new questions regarding their implementation, the right type of ecosystem, exploitation, data processing and interpretation.

>>See also: [Symposium] Investing in sustainable development