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TUESDAY 22 May 2018

Sciences Po, Amphithéâtre Jacques Chapsal

8:30-9:00 Welcome coffee & registration
9:00-9:30 Opening address

H.E. Mr. Zainal Arif Mantaha, Singapore Ambassador to France.

Ms Pauline Carmona, Deputy Director, Asia and Oceania, Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs, France.

Prof François Houllier, President, Université Sorbonne Paris Cité.

Prof Anne Pakir, Associate Vice President (University and Global Relations), NUS.

Dr Vanessa Scherrer, Vice President, International Affairs, Sciences Po.

9:30-10:45 Keynote: Some lessons from forty years of studying science relations to politics by Prof Bruno Latour, Medialab, Sciences Po.
Keynote: Gene therapy for inherited disease of the hematopoietic system: advances and challenges by Prof Marina Cavazzana, Université Paris Descartes/Inserm.
10:45-11:00 Coffee break
Start-ups and Emerging Technologies

Innovation & Entreprise: What role for Higher Education & Research ?



Introduction by Frédéric Mion, President, Sciences Po.

Keynote: Singapore’s Research, Innovation & Enterprise (RIE) journey by Prof Low Teck Seng, CEO, National Research Foundation, Singapore.

Keynote: NUS Overseas College (NOC) and its impact on the Singaporean ecosystem by Dr Lily Chan, CEO, NUS Enterprise.
Keynote: Reflections on Innovation Ecosystems by Prof Alberto Sangiovanni-Vincentelli,  University of California at Berkeley & CREATE, Singapore.
12:00-13:00 Round table:  Innovation policies from a French-Singaporean perspective
Moderated by Prof Georges Haour, Technology and Innovation Management, IMD Switzerland.
– Dr Lily Chan, CEO, NUS Enterprise.
– Ms SIM Sze-Ki, Head of brand, SGInnovate.
– Florent Genoux, Bpifrance.
– Prof Alberto Sangiovanni-Vincentelli, University of California Berkeley & CREATE Singapore.
13:00-14:15 Networking Lunch
Social Innovation

Innovation is not only Tech: the importance of social sciences, arts & humanities and the impact of innovation on society


Chair: Rigas Arvanitis, Director, Institute for Research and Innovation in Society (IFRIS)

Science, Technology, and Society (STS) in the Asian Century by Prof Gregory Clancey, Head, Science, Technology, and Society Cluster, Asia Research Institute (ARI), NUS.

Permanent impermanence: living with innovation in Singapore by Prof Gerard Sasges, Department of Southeast Asian Studies, NUS and Ng Shiwen, founder, Photorikiki.
  Redefining Geopolitics: Environmental, Social and Governance lessons from the Arctic and Antarctica by Mikaa Mered, Free Institute of International Relations Studies (ILERI)
Diplomacy as Theatre: Innovating historical methodology by Prof Naoko Shimazu, Yale-NUS College.
Rebooting Innovation in Global Media Studies: Information disorders, MIL and Digital citizenship by Prof Divina Frau-Meigs, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle.
Discussion with Jean-Marc Guesne, Director, Ashoka France.
16:10-16:30 Coffee Break


Innovation and Aerospace

Now that we are in Space, how do we live there? Sustainability, Market efficiency, and Regulations

Round table with:

Lynette Tan, Executive Director, Singapore Space & Technology Association, Singapore.

Michel Faup, Manager, Innovation and prospective, CNES

Prof Isabelle Sourbes-Verger, Senior Researcher, Centre Alexandre Koyré, CNRS.

Prof Themis Palpanas, Université Paris Descartes, Director of the Data Intensive and Knowledge Oriented Systems (diNO) group.

-Dr Binxin Zhang, Assistant Professor, Xiamen University and Visiting Professor, Sciences Po.

Moderated by Julien Cantegreil, Chairman of the Board, AsterIdea.

18:00-19:30 Cocktail Reception (for invited guests only)

Wednesday 23 May 2018

Université Paris Descartes, Grand Amphithéâtre

9:00-9:15 Welcome coffee & registration
9:15-9:30 Opening address

Prof Frédéric Dardel, President, Université Paris Descartes.

Prof Geoffrey Sockett, Vice President for International Affairs, Université Paris Descartes.

Health, Aging and Biotechnologies

Innovations to face the challenges of global health


Chair: Dr Alessia Lefèbure, Dean of Academic Affairs, EHESP.

Are we all the same? Studying local biology for better health policies by Prof Chong Yap Seng, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, NUS.

Academic-Government Partnership in starting Singapore’s War on Diabetes by Prof Teo Yik Ying, Dean, Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, NUS.
Advances in preventing sudden cardiac death by Prof Xavier Jouven, Hôpital européen Georges-Pompidou APHP, Université Paris Descartes/Inserm.
Medical education for sustainable healthcare by Prof Lau Tang Ching, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, NUS
Moving forward to internationalise medical education and research by Prof Gérard Friedlander, Dean Paris Descartes Medical School and Prof Chong Yap Seng, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, NUS.
 11:00-11:15 Coffee break
11:15-12:30 Next Generation Technologies for Cancer – From liquid biopsy to precision medicine by Prof Lim Chwee Teck, Director, BIGHEART, NUS.

Democratizing cell therapy with extracellular vesicles by Florence Gazeau, Université Paris Diderot.

Panel discussion with Prof Marie Véronique Clément (Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, NUS) Prof Benoit Vallet (

Senior Auditor at the French Supreme Audit Institution (La Cour des Comptes) and Danuta Pieter (Executive Director – Fondation Hopitaux de Paris-Hopitaux de France).

12:30-14.00 Networking Lunch
Smart lives and Artificial Intelligence
 Innovation in a Technology Enhanced Society: What about human centrality?


Chair: Didier Pourquery, Editor-in-Chief, The Conversation.

Technology and medical care: what about human beings?  by Dr Cécile Monteil, Medical Director, iLumens. 

Technology Enhanced Education: Good thing or Flash in the Pan? by Prof Erle Lim,
Associate provost (undergraduate education), NUS.
Panel discussion with: François Taddei (Director, CRI), Gregory Renard (Chief AI Officer, xBrain), Françoise Soulié Fogelman (Hub France IA), representative from AI Singapore (tbc).
 15:10-15:30 Coffee Break & Poster session

Technology Enhanced Education Project Showcase (Team DS4TOX)

Poster 1: Curating joint France-Singapore digital seeds using the Lightboard for enhanced student engagement  

Prof Xavier Coumoul, Université Paris Descartes, Mr Fung Fun Man, ALSET, National University of Singapore, Prof Etienne Blanc, Université Paris Descartes.

Poster 2: Applying a Virtual Reality Platform for an Overseas Environmental Chemistry Field Trip

Prof Xavier Coumoul, Université Paris Descartes, Mr Fung Fun Man, ALSET, National University of Singapore, Prof Etienne Blanc, Université Paris Descartes, Prof Rainer Dumke, Centre for Quantum Technologies, NUS, Dr Thierry Koscielniak, CNAM.

Education and Lifelong Learning

Creating a culture of Innovation through Education and Research


Chair: Fung Fun Man, Assistant Director of Education, ALSET, NUS.

Homo creativus: Creativity in the 21st century by Prof Todd Lubart, Université Paris Descartes.

The seven myths of educational innovation by Prof Pierre Dillenbourg (EPFL, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne and founder of EdTech Collider)
Helping our Learners Learn Better using Data by Prof Robert Kamei, Director, Institute for Application of Learning Science & Educational Technology, NUS and Associate Provost (Education)
Crossing disciplinary boundaries: lesson learned by Prof Jonathan Weitzman, Université Paris Diderot.
Panel discussion with Carine Sit (Schoolab), Gabrielle Leroux (Caisse des Dépôts).
 17:15-17:30 Closing Remarks

Prof Anne Pakir, Associate Vice President (University and Global Relations), NUS

Prof Antoine Cazé, Vice President for International Affairs, Université Paris Diderot.