Webinar: Normalist identity and involvement (in French)
During the webinar on November 24, 2022, from 7 to 8:30 pm, you can hear the testimonies of 4 alumni of ENS Paris-Saclay on their career and their commitments: Aurélie Jean, Jérôme Laurre, Nathalie Carrasco and Volny Fages. This webinar is open to all: register online.
Date and time: 24 November 2022 from 7pm to 8.30pm
The webinar is open to all.
Identity and involvement of normaliens
In 1999, the Conseil d'Etat defined the general interest in a public report as "that which is for the public good", but also "the capacity of individuals to transcend their affiliations and interests in order to exercise the supreme freedom to form a political society together."
During this webinar, the speakers will exchange around the questions of identity and involvement of normaliens.
- What is the Normalian spirit?
- Is there one or more Normalian identities?
- What are the common identity characteristics of the alumni of the 4 ENS?
- How can a Normalian today become more involved in his or her community?
- What impact do Normaliens wish to have individually and collectively?
- How do they get involved and on which causes?
- Is there a link between this involvement in a cause and what each person considers to be characteristic of the identity of a Normalien?
- Are higher education and research causes of general interest?
These are some of the questions that Aurélie Jean, Jérôme Laurre, Nathalie Carrasco and Volny Fages will answer on 24 November 2022 from 7pm to 8.30pm.
Mechanical Engineering Department (class of 2002)
Aurélie is a PhD in science and an entrepreneur, specialising in algorithms and numerical simulations.
She lives and works between the US and France. She has founded two companies, a consulting and development agency in data and algorithms, and a deeptech start-up in the medical field. She teaches continuing education and is the author of several best sellers on algorithmic science.
She is also a contributor to numerous newspapers and magazines for the general public on science and technology. Aurélie is also a business angel investor.
Economics and Management Department (Class of 1985)
Founding partner of Beyond Solutions (investment bank specialising in Strategic Finance), Jérôme has 30 years of international experience in capital markets.
He is a graduate of the École normale supérieure Paris-Saclay, holds a degree in Economics and Management and an MBA from the Stern School of Business. He is President of the ENS Paris-Saclay and Rennes alumni association and supervises research work on corporate finance.
He is also the author of the book "La dette de la France : une faillite politique", a reflection on the causes and consequences of the growth of the French public debt, accompanied by proposals for structural reforms of the administration of public finances to curb these excesses.
Chemistry Department (class of 1998)
Nathalie is a professor at the University of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, astrophysicist at the Laboratory of Atmosphere, Media and Space Observations (LATMOS).
After a PhD in atmospheric chemistry, she focused her research on the contribution of atmospheric chemistry to the appearance of life on Earth and in the Universe. She developed an experimental platform that simulates chemistry in planetary atmospheres in the laboratory.
She has scientifically accompanied the Cassini-Huygens space mission to study Titan, Saturn's largest satellite, and is now turning her attention to the chemistry of exoplanets with the arrival of measurements by the James Webb space telescope.
She has also set up the master's degree in planetology and space exploration at the University of Paris-Saclay and is currently director of the graduate school of Geosciences, Climate, Environment and Planets at the University of Paris-Saclay.
Physics Department (class of 2003)
Volny is a lecturer at ENS Paris-Saclay in epistemology and history of science. He is a former student of the physics department of ENS Paris-Saclay. After his agrégation, he turned to the study of science and technology through the human and social sciences.
After a doctorate in the history of science at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, he was recruited at ENS Paris-Saclay where he developed historical and sociological research on scientific practices on the periphery of institutions. Since 2020, Volny Fages has been involved in the development of interactions between the worlds of artistic creation and those of science and technology, in particular by participating in the development of the Scène de recherche, a performance hall of the University of Paris-Saclay located in the heart of the ENS Paris-Saclay, of which he is the academic coordinator. Since 2021, he has also been responsible for a university diploma, the Research and Creation Research Year (ARRC), designed to encourage this type of interaction.
ENS Paris-Saclay DREAMS and the ENS Alumni Association
The webinar is co-organised by the ENS Paris-Saclay DREAMS team and the ENS Alumni Association.
- The ENS Alumni association gathers former and current students of ENS Paris-Saclay and Rennes.
- The ENS Paris-Saclay DREAMS team (Development of Relations with Companies, Alumni and Patrons) develops the partnership and philanthropic activities of ENS Paris-Saclay. With the help of each member of the Normalienne community wishing to get involved, the team invites you to participate in this webinar "Identity and involvement of the Normaliennes".