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International Symposium: Innovation and Foresight

Yves Stourdzé, explorer and pathfinder of future worlds

18 and 19 November 2015 – Ministry of National Education, Higher Education and Research

“There is a profound interaction between technological change and law, spoken opinion and how a community, at any given moment, thinks about innovation. ” Stourdzé Y. (1987), “Pour une poignée d’électrons” [For a handful of electrons], pg.348.


Innovation and foresight form an alchemy. This in a nutshell is what drives our society to constantly reinvent itself in new futures. They complement each other in the short, medium and long term, causing the evolution and deep transformation of our hyper-connected technology companies.

Yves Stourdzé (photo), a professional philosopher and sociologist, was one of the pioneers of the world around us. Director of the “Technology and Society” Laboratory at the Paris IX-Dauphine University, he was director of the Centre for Studies of Systems and Advanced Technologies (CESTA) from 1983 to 1986, being heavily involved in international “Technology, Growth, Employment” programs and EUREKA which celebrate its 30th anniversary in 2015. This period saw the emergence of a decisive phase of new technologies in France and the introduction of complex relationships between Science, Technology, Industry and Society.

Organised by the Association of friends and former colleagues of Yves Stourdzé, under the patronage of the Ministry of National Education, Higher Education and Research, the conference intends to offer a comparison of the period of studies of Yves Stourdzé with that of today, focusing on issues of innovation and foresight using his intellectual trajectory, his achievements and those of the teams he led.

This symposium will result in a publication by IDEFI-CréaTIC

Yves Stourdzé symposium program, explorer and pathfinder of future worlds

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