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Grandes discussions

Great Debates

Three nights at the Planétarium Rio Tinto Alcan

Experts with different experiences and points of view reflect with the public on our way of dwelling in nature, on the planet, and in the Universe.

The Grandes discussions take place in French
Mickaël Carlier
Mickaël Carlier

Social entrepreneur, communicator and recognized specialist on questions of impactful innovation and the social responsibility of businesses, he brings together, along with his team, the strengths of editorial rigor and the power of brands to accelerate a transition towards ”sustainable” economic models. In addition to organizing and hosting numerous Novae events, he regularly works with companies and institutions committed to achieving a better understanding of issues and opportunities that combine business, environment and society. Mickaël Carlier also reports on social innovation for ICI Radio-Canada Première.

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Dwelling in nature
With Serge Bouchard

What is our relationship with nature? Does our relationship with nature influence our way of dwelling in it? Our way of life? What sources of inspiration might we find in other cultures and other philosophies so that we can better dwell in the living world? Serge Bouchard, anthropologist, host on the Ici Radio-Canada Première program C’est fou, has agreed to share his reflections with us.

Serge Bouchard
Serge Bouchard

In addition to being a graduate in anthropology from McGill University and Université Laval, Serge Bouchard is known and recognized for his in-depth knowledge and his incredible mastery of the history of the Amerindians, the Métis and francophone America. He enjoys a prolific career as a researcher, trainer and consultant, and is also highly regarded as a communicator. On the radio he hosts Les Chemins de Travers and De Remarquables Oubliés on ICI Radio-Canada Première, besides participating in numerous documentaries and TV programs.

As a writer, Serge Bouchard is the author of many works, including L’homme descend de l’ourse, Le moineau domestique, Les corneilles ne sont pas les épouses des corbeaux, Récits de Mathieu Mestokosho, chasseur innu, Confessions animales, BESTIAIRE I and II, C’était au Temps des Mammouths Laineux and Les Yeux Tristes de Mon Camion. With anthropologist Bernard Arcand he’s also published six volumes in the series Les Lieux Communs, and in collaboration with Marie-Christine Lévesque, Elles ont fait l’Amérique. In his latest book, Le Peuple Rieur (November 2017), the anthropologist invites the reader to accompany him from his beginnings in the 1970s, by way of little stories that shed light on the bigger story of a traditional society of nomadic hunters.

Serge Bouchard gives lectures and presents literary discussions before varied audiences, in Québec and right across Canada, as much as on the realities of indigenous people as on numerous philosophical and politically relevant topics of concern to the world today.

Dwelling on the planet
With Laure Waridel and Thierry Lefèvre

As more and more of us come to share a planet with increasingly limited resources, how do we rethink our coexistence? How do we bring about the individual and collective changes that the Earth so desperately needs? Examples exist, new practices are evolving. How can we do better? How can we do more? How can we make those practices and those changes more widespread? Laure Waridel, eco-sociologist, and Thierry Lefèvre, physicist and author, have some solutions to offer.

Laure Waridel
Laure Waridel

A specialist in anthropology and development sociology, Laure Waridel currently serves as strategic advisor for the Centre interdisciplinaire de recherche en opérationnalisation du développement durable (CIRODD), an initiative of Polytechnique Montréal that brings together over 80 researchers. She has been the recipient of numerous awards and distinctions, including an honorary doctorate from Université du Québec à Rimouski (2011), the Badge of Merit from Université de Montréal (2013) and the rank of Knight of the National Order of Québec (2016).

The author of a number of essays on environmental questions, Laure has also collaborated with numerous magazines, including Voir and Reader’s Digest, as well as hosting the program Acheter, c’est voter on Radio-Canada.

A visionary interested in the transition of Québec to an ecological and social economy.

Thierry Lefèvre
Thierry Lefèvre

Thierry Lefèvre was trained as a physicist and a research professional in the Chemistry Department at Université Laval. The holder of a doctorate in biophysics, he studies biological systems such as spider silk and silkworm silk.

In addition to keeping his blog, “Planète viable,” Thierry also contributes to the establishment and the coordination of committees on the environment and sustainable development with various organizations. He is the author of Sortir de l’impasse – Qu’est-ce qui freine la transition écologique (Breaking the Deadlock – What’s Hampering Ecological Transition), published by Éditions MultiMondes in 2016.

Dwelling in the Universe
With Nathalie Cabrol and Marie-Hélène Parizeau

The imminent discovery of organisms living elsewhere in the Universe kindles a lot of interest and raises questions. Who else is dwelling in the Universe? What’s the motivation behind this search? Can the expansion of human civilization beyond the Earth be considered, as certain visionaries and entrepreneurs seem to be doing at this time? Should we be going in that direction? Nathalie Cabrol, astrobiologist member of the Mars 2020 mission, and Marie-Hélène Parizeau, president of UNESCO’s World Commission on the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology, have agreed to host a conversation focusing on these issues.

Nathalie Cabrol
Nathalie Cabrol

Nathalie Cabrol is an astrobiologist, director of the SETI Institute’s Carl Sagan Center for the Study of Life in the Universe. Principal investigator for the NASA Astrobiology Institute (NAI), Nathalie Cabrol documents the adaptation of living things to extreme conditions. She studies how these discoveries can open up fresh perspectives on the origin and the evolution of life on Earth and on the possibility of discovering other forms of life in the Universe. She also develops strategies of scientific exploration on Mars, Titan and the outer solar system icy moons. She’s a member of the Mars 2020 mission.

The recipient of a number of awards, her work is reported in numerous international media outlets. She has given over 400 public lectures on planetary science and on astrobiology.

Marie-Hélène Parizeau
Marie-Hélène Parizeau

Marie-Hélène Parizeau is a professor on the Faculty of Philosophy at Université Laval, where she teaches moral philosophy, bioethics and environmental ethics. From 2003 to 2010 she held the Canada Research Chair in bioethics and environmental ethics. She’s been president of UNESCO’s World Commission on the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology (COMEST) since 2015, and has been a member since 2012. The latest COMEST report, published in 2017, was devoted to robotics ethics.

She’s published numerous articles and collective works, the last of these with S. Kask, À chacun son développement durable? De la diversité culturelle aux nanotechnologies (2016) with Presses de l’Université Laval as part of its “Bioéthique critique” collection, which she coordinates. She also participates as a reporter on the ICI Radio-Canada Première scientific program Les années lumières.