Researching, educating and acting for sustainable development

June 7, 2019

Ever since its creation, l’X has envisioned the world of tomorrow and worked towards the development of such a world with the help of its students and professors. École Polytechnique would like to commemorate its 225th anniversary by making a strong commitment to its sustainable development strategy. The measures that humanity must take in the face of climate change and dwindling resources are of universal priority and École Polytechnique, too, must do its part for the environment. Its symposium "RefleXions: researching, educating and acting for sustainable development" will constitute the first milestone in the institution’s commitment to incorporate sustainable development as a strategic pillar of its evolution. "RefleXions" will bring together renowned names from science and industry who are ready to get involved by sharing their expertise and first-hand experiences.


8:30 – 9:00 a.m.

Arrival and registration in the Grand Hall

9:00 – 9:30 a.m.

École Polytechnique: towards sustainable development
Eric Labaye

9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Global warming: science and geopolitics
Valérie Masson-Delmotte, Michał Kurtyka, Scott Barrett

10:30 – 11:00 a.m.


11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Toward a low-carbon economy
Jean Tirole, Anna Creti, Jean-Marc Jancovici, Benoît Leguet

12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

Lunch break

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Research at l’X for sustainable development
Gérard Mourou, Philippe Drobinski, Camille Duprat, Bérengère Lebental

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Breath and nourishment: urgent challenges for health
Shenggen Fan, Marion Guillou, Markus Amann, Matthieu Coutière

3:30 – 4:00 p.m.


4:00 – 4:30 p.m.

Invest in sustainable development
Bettina Laville, Grégory Labrousse, Emmanuel Bacry

4:30 – 5:00 p.m.

Closing speech

8:30am to 6:00pm

Demonstration area in the Grand Hall

Additional information

Open to professionals and students. (Free for everyone)

Access by Vaneau courtyard
Access to the symposium
Access to École Polytechnique
– Route de Saclay – 91128 Palaiseau

Register to attend the symposium