The morning presentations will be jointly chaired by Genevieve Almouzni (Curie Institute) and Edith Heard (Curie Institute)

Welcome from host
Genevieve Gallot (Director, ENSAD) and Jean-Paul Longavesne (ENSAD and Université Paris XI Orsay in field of Art, Sciences and Technology, Paris, France)

Evolution and inspiration
Sylvain Charlat  (Universite Claude Bernard, Lyon, France)

Evolution of biological forms: constraints and equilibria
Denis Duboule (University of Geneva, Switzerland)

Epigenetics in evolution: the strange case of the Monkey flower
Ueli Grossniklaus (University of Zürich, Switzerland)    

11.00 – Coffee

Evolution of random patterns in sensory systems
Claude Desplan (New York University, USA)

Visualising genetic variability in real-time
Miroslav Radman (Université Paris Descartes, France)

Evolution of pigmentation patterns in insects: making the old new
Benjamin Prud’homme (Institut de Biologie du Developpement de Marseille Luminy, France)

1.00 – Lunch


A philosophical perspective on the morning talks
Dominique Lestel (l'Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris)

2.20 – 5.00pm
All six speakers will be allocated to a group of at least five students to brainstorm ways to translate the scientific principles presented into design models with the assistance of professional art and design facilitators

Student presentations. Each group will give a 5-minute summary of their design ideas

Arts Facilitators
Carole Collet (Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, London)

Sara Franceschelli
(Ecole Normale Superieure des Lettres et Sciences Humaines and ENSAD, Paris)

Sophie Larger (Designer, Paris)

Yves Mahieu
 (Coordinateur MorphoStructure Science & technique,

Maryla Sobek (Fashion designer, University of Quebec, Montreal, Canada)

Marc Thebault (Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs, Paris)

Genevieve Almouzni (Curie Institute, Paris)
Sara Francescelli (Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs, Paris)
Edith Heard (Curie Institute, Paris)
Jean-Paul Longavesne (Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs, Paris)
Carole Collet (Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, London)
Brona McVittie (MRC Clinical Sciences Centre, London)

This workshop will be filmed by Kiki von Glasow and her team. The documentary film will be made available to speakers and facilitators via following the workshop.


Brona McVittie
Public Science Communications, Epigenome NoE, MRC Clinical Sciences Centre, Imperial College Campus of Hammersmith Hospital, Du Cane Road, W12 0NN