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5717 launch evening: “Our future has a past”

08 December 2016

Amphithéâtre Gaston Berger, INSA Lyon
Sur les épaules de Gaston - INSA Lyon

Inauguration of the 60th anniversary celebrations by Éric Maurincomme, Director of INSA Lyon.

Following an introduction to the conference series “On Gaston’s shoulders: reflections on the humanist engineer of the future” by Carole Plossu, Director of the Gaston Berger Institute, the philosopher Michel Faucheux will deliver a plenary lecture and Marie Pierre Escudié, doctor of political science, will lead a round table session.

Two guests (Gaston Berger specialists) will hold a discussion on the topic “The INSA model to reflect on the future of the humanist engineer”: Philippe Durance, Chair of Prospective and Sustainable Development at the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers (CNAM), and Jean-François Simonin, doctor of philosophy.

The conference will be followed by a cocktail at the INSA Lyon refectory.

“On Gaston’s shoulders: reflections on the humanist engineer of the future”, a concept inspired by Bernard de Chartres, a 12th century teacher: “We are like dwarfs perched on the shoulders of giants. If we see more and farther than our predecessors, it is not because we have keener vision or greater height, but because we are lifted up and borne aloft on their gigantic stature.”
Celebrating the past, preparing for the future: that’s INSA Lyon’s ambition on the occasion of 5717, its 60th anniversary. 
The Gaston Berger Institute (IGB) was set up in 2015 to restore the meaning and relevance of the legacy of Gaston Berger, philosopher and founding father of INSA. In this spirit, the Institute has devised the conference series “On Gaston’s shoulders: reflections on the humanist engineer of the future”. The idea is to bring together the INSA community as part of a forward-looking approach to promote the INSA model, drawing on the support of individuals from diverse backgrounds.

Find out more about the Gaston Berger Institute


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Soirée de lancement du 5717