The annual program is divided into seven sessions, a genuine progression during which students will be able to question, discuss and make decisions about the theme in groups.

Integration Session (2 days)

Meet the other students during the integration session. The first day will be dedicated to knowing more about the program and yourself; citizenship will be discussed on the second day; immersing yourself in Grenoble-based innovation on the third.

It is a one-time opportunity for students to exchange ideas with high-level professionals, brainstorm during a World Café, visit the key sites of innovation in Grenoble and enjoy a friendly evening with all the participants.

Session 2: Who Controls Innovation? (2 days)

Scientific and technological innovation involves many key players from research, industry, public authorities and civil society, including its users and the uses they invent. Funding, target setting, establishing a regulatory framework, predicting economic benefits, anticipating social and territorial consequences: how do these players control innovation? How do they organise and coordinate themselves? What are their rules? At what levels (global, international, national, local) can and must innovations be controlled?

Students will work on the central issue of governance, based on examples deeply linked to regional challenges.

Session 3: Knowledge Value(s) (2 days)

What makes the knowledge produced by science so valuable? Who owns that knowledge and who can access it?

During this session, participants will be able to discuss the notion of common good in science and exchange ideas about how scientific and technological knowledge can be shared and learnt. They will also question the relationship between fundamental science and applied science and deal with their respective values.

Finally, students will consider how scientific and technological development may have environmental, financial, social and human consequences and how they can face them collectively.

Session 4: Commitment and Expertise (2 days)

Science and technology involve several types of expertise. Apart from a scientist’s expertise, which types of expertise come from civil society and socio-economic players?

Does the expertise of citizens play a part in decision-making on scientific issues? What kind of responsibilities and commitments can be expected from researchers when they interact with the media, members of Parliament, businesses or associations?

Session 5: At the Heart of Controversy (2 days)

Scientific progress remains a disputed, even controversial notion. Scientists, politicians, industrial players, associations, citizens and the media are used to discussing its consequences. These discussions often involve scientific, economic, social, legal or moral issues.

During this session, students will engage in a controversy about science and technology. They will explore the wide range of views and the interests in the matter, the strategies and logical reasoning behind it, as well as the formation of public opinion and especially the part played by the media.

Session 6 : deliberate and apply (2 days)

Participants will be able to apply all the tools acquired during this adventure by deliberating on a specific topic.

It will also be a good time to wonder: What did you learn from this experience of brainwork and sharing? How will you keep up the good work after the end of the programme? How can the programme be improved for the next participants?


Closing Session (1 day)

Official closing of the season and distribution of certificates of participation.