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The "Understanding & Acting" conferences

The "Understanding & Acting" conferences shed light on societal issues in order to act on our world. They are addressed to all, citizens and researchers, and aim to highlight, in an accessible language, cutting-edge scientific knowledge and ethical issues in order to participate in decision-making and to act together on a shared world.

Format: 40 minutes of presentation followed by a discussion with the audience. The lectures are filmed and available on our Youtube channel.

Location: Inria Grenoble - Rhône-Alpes - Grand Amphi; TAG C1 line

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Upcoming Conferences

  • (Français) Faire de l'histoire : lire et comprendre notre temps - Johann Chapoutot

    Johann Chapoutot

    30 September 2022

    (Français) Conférence de Johann Chapoutot, professeur d'histoire contemporaine à la Sorbonne, spécialiste du nazisme et de l'histoire...

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Available Conferences

  • Can ecological accounting enable the emergence of an economy that respects the biosphere boundaries?

    Clément Feger

    Clément Féger

    3 May 2022

    The idea of having to rapidly transform our economic system and our modes of collective organization to...

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  • (Français) "It's politics, stupid!" Sur les quelques mécanismes politiques ayant mené au chaos climatique et environnemental (1970-2030)

    Christophe bouillaud

    7 April 2022

    (Français) Face aux alertes environnementales globales depuis le début des années 1970, l'absence de réactions vraiment significatives...

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  • (Français) Responsabilité de la recherche dans le récit de notre histoire sociale ; exemple de la sécurité sociale -- Bernard Friot

    Bernard Friot

    30 November 2021

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  • (Français) Technologies et santé : Quels compromis entre éthique, environnement et climat ? Analyse réflexive et expérience de terrain

    Valérie d'Acremond

    27 September 2021

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  • New Powers in the Age of Artificial Intelligence: Who will rule the world in the 21st century?

    Asma Mhalla

    Asma Mhalla

    23 October 2020

    The advent of the data economy is shaking up all economic and political paradigms. New forms of...

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  • Thought and practice of action

    Cécile Renouard

    Cécile Renouard

    8 October 2020

    Understanding in order to act, training in order to transform, such is the objective of the Handbook...

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  • Collapses and Finance: Where to put your money?

    Denis Dupré

    Denis Dupré

    23 January 2020

    How can alternative financial practices limit ecological and societal collapses? In this lecture, we will detail the...

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  • Finance and Collapses : Finance: arsonist of collapses?

    Denis Dupré

    5 December 2019

    In what way does modern finance have a share of responsibility in ecological and societal collapse? In...

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  • The imaginary of sovereignty: from the king to the people

    Sophie Wahnich

    24 September 2019

    The king was not hated in 1789, far from it he was praised as a king who...

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  • "Environmental" issues and blockages to action

    Peter Sturm

    4 July 2019

    (Français) Cette conférence montre un aperçu, pas du tout exhaustif, de blocages à l’action face aux enjeux...

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  • When the whites wanted to preserve the planet. A History of Geopower, 1865-1914

    Christophe Bonneuil

    13 June 2019

    What if our contemporary planetary "environmental consciousness" were not so new? What if ignoring the environmental reflexivities of...

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  • Is the risk of blackout real?

    Grégoire Chambaz

    Grégoire Chambaz

    16 May 2019

    A blackout is the interruption of power supply to a region. It is a phenomenon unknown to...

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  • Raw materials / energy and energy transition

    Olivier Vidal

    Olivier Vidal

    11 April 2019

    The energy transition requires building new infrastructure for energy production, storage, transportation, and use that consumes many...

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  • Digital technology: threat or hope for the environment?

    Françoise Berthoud

    15 November 2018

    Considered as a technological solution to the energy transition and more generally to environmental issues, digital technology...

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  • Rethinking Nuclear Choices: Security and Democracy

    Benoît Pelopidas

    9 October 2018

    In 2018, there are more than 14,000 nuclear weapons systems in the world; most of the nuclear-weapon...

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  • Seeds and plant varieties: what new challenges for global governance?

    Frédéric Thomas

    12 June 2018

    During the history of the 20th century, scientific practices have slowly made genetic resources a public good...

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  • Can finance save the climate?

    Alain Grandjean

    26 March 2018

    During the history of the 20th century, scientific practices have slowly made genetic resources a public good...

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  • Undo the world? A program for the Anthropocene

    Alexandre Monnin

    Alexandre Monnin et Diego Landivar

    15 February 2018

    With the Anthropocene, the prospects of collapse multiply. Beyond the diagnosis, the question of the action that...

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  • Can the "commons" movement reactivate democracy?

    Christian Laval

    Christian Laval

    30 November 2017

    Alterglobalism and political ecology are opposed to the generalized appropriation of spaces, resources and knowledge. The fights...

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  • The contemporary democratic question: how to get out of the dead end?

    Loïc Blondiaux

    Loïc Blondiaux

    16 October 2017

    After having imposed itself during the last two centuries as the only legitimate, if not possible, form...

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  • What alternative to the "crisis of representation"?

    Jean-Paul Jouary

    Jean-Paul Jouary

    8 June 2017

    What we commonly call democracy today is essentially "representative democracy", which consists of citizens electing one or...

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  • Why and how to recognize the currency as a common?

    Jean-michel Servet

    Jean-Michel Servet

    4 May 2017

    The interdependence of human activities subject to market relations makes money indispensable today. The question of money...

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  • Environment, economy, collapse: squaring the circle?

    Pierre-Yves Longaretti

    Pierre-Yves Longaretti

    9 March 2017

    At a time when the Western model of economic development is spreading to the whole planet, it...

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  • Understanding society collapses. What future for ours?

    Emmanuel Prados

    Emmanuel Prados

    9 February 2017

    Financial crisis, debt crisis, economic crisis, monetary crisis, political crisis, democratic crisis, social crisis, environmental crisis, refugee...

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  • Reinventing Agriculture and Food of the 21st Century

    Gilles Bilen

    Gilles Billen

    28 June 2016

    Agriculture is in crisis. Short-term solutions to increase the productivity of the sector and to ensure international...

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  • The permanent crisis

    Marc Chesney

    Marc Chesney

    8 April 2016

    This conference addresses the issue of the crisis. Marc Chesney will analyze the historical trajectory that led...

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  • Act fast and better: What needs to change?

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    Denis Dupré

    11 February 2016

    Whether on climate change or on the issue of healthy food for all people, together we identified...

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  • Feeding 9 billion people healthily: possible or impossible?

    Denis Dupré

    14 January 2016

    This second conference addresses the issue of food and our collective ability to feed 9 billion people...

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  • Limiting climate change ... Why can't we do it?

    Denis Dupré

    Denis Dupré

    17 December 2015

    (Français) Cette première conférence porte sur la question du changement climatique. Une enquête sur les rouages multiples...

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