Symposium “Climate change: a challenge for world heritage

Symposium “Climate change: a challenge for world heritage


Organized by the Science, Arts, Culture, Innovation and Multimedia (SACIM) department, and in particular in partnership with the CHCSC, this symposium will address the impact of climate change on world heritage.


Practical information:

Thursday 7 and Friday 8 April 2011
Palace of Discovery
Franklin Roosevelt Avenue
75008 Paris


The department “Sciences, Arts, Culture, Innovations and Multimedia” (SACIM) of the University of Versailles-Saint-Quentin en Yvelines (UVSQ) organizes, on April 7 and 8, 2011, a symposium on the impact of climate change on world heritage.

Organized in collaboration with UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre and Universcience, it will aim to raise public awareness of the effects of this global upheaval on our common cultural and natural heritage.


Program :

Thursday, April 7, 2011:

10am – 12:30pm: “Nature is acclimatizing… or the evolution of the climate and the impacts of climate change on natural heritage”.
Jean-Pierre Chabin, Specialist in climate, vine and wine in Burgundy
Romain Julliard, Senior Lecturer at the Paris Natural History Museum
Françoise Vimeux, Researcher at the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement and the Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l’Environnement
Julien Rastegard (moderator), Scientific mediator

14h – 16h30 : “The climate chessboard… or the strategies and means implemented to fight against the effects of climate change on the world heritage”.
Martin Beniston, Director of the Institute of Environmental Sciences and Professor at the University of Geneva, former IPCC spokesperson
Gaël De Guichen, chemical engineer, creator of the ÉPA Fund to support the actions of the African Heritage School
Michel Galliot, Head of the National Observatory on the Effects of Global Warming
Roger-Alexandre Lefèvre, Professor Emeritus at the University of Paris Est-Créteil, member of the CUEBC Scientific Committee
Marc Patry, Program Specialist, Special Projects Unit, UNESCO World Heritage Centre


Friday, April 8:

10am – 12:30pm: “Bye bye cultures? … or the impacts of climate change on intangible cultural heritage”.
Béatrice Collignon, Lecturer in Geography at the University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne and visiting professor at the University of Bologna
Christel Cournil, Lecturer in public law at the University of Paris 13, member of the Iris laboratory
Jean-Michel Huctin, Professor of anthropology and member of the European Arctic Center (UVSQ)
Géraldine Schwarz, Journalist-reporter
David Berliner (moderator), Ph.D. in anthropology, lecturer and editor of the journal Social Anthropology

14h – 16h30 : “You have a message…or mediation and public awareness of the consequences of climate change on world heritage”.
Lauranne Germond, Vice President of COAL and Director of Sustainable Development in companies
Loïc Fel, Head of Sustainable Development at the Euro RSCG advertising agency
Sylvestre Huet, Science journalist for Libération. He runs the science blog
David Martin, Director, notably of the documentary “Un avenir, à quel prix?”
Thierry Touchais, Executive Director of the Polar Foundation. Engineer from École Centrale de Lyon, MS University of California Berkeley and MBA University of Chicago
Baudouin Jurdant (moderator), Director of CCI- Université Paris VII UFR Cinéma Communication Information and Member of the editorial board of the journal Alliage and Public Understanding of Science

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