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Anne Le Goff is currently working as a postdoctoral researcher in biophysics in ESPCI, Paris, where she investigates the behaviour of blood platelets in biomimetic flows. After graduating as an engineer from École Polytechnique in 2006, she studied at Pierre and Marie Curie University in Paris, where she earned a PhD in Physics in 2009 for her experimental study of impacts on liquid surfaces. She spent one year in Göttingen at the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization, where she studied the microstructure of soapy mixtures. She came back to France in 2011 to coordinate the design of the innovative Frontiers in Life Bachelor program at the University Paris Descartes alongside Livio Riboli-Sasco. As a teacher, she has experience with scientific courses (undergraduate Physics for Biology, Pierre and Marie Curie University) and well as soft skills courses (Scientific Careers, Paris Descartes University).

She joined Paris-Montagne in 2006, and later coordinated the Science Academy. She is now vice-president of the Paris-Montagne association.

Antonin Marchand is currently professor of physics and chemistry in French "preparatory classes", which trains talented students who completed high school and aim at careers in research and engineering.He studied physics at the École Normale Supérieure (ENS). He obtained a PhD in physics from University Denis Diderot, with highest honours, on the subject of wetting and interfaces between solid, liquid and vapor. This work performed at the ESPCI allowed him to focus on many theoretical, experimental, numerical and pedagogical aspects of the subject. In 2006, he ranked fourth at the Agrégation in physics (highest national competitive exam for the recruitement of Higher Education teachers), and then worked as a assistant professor.

During his studies, he contributed to many science communication projects. He led the development of Paris Montagne science festival, directing in 2007 and 2008. He was elected to the board of Paris Montagne from 2008 to 2011. Since then, he has been involved in the development of artistic and cultural projects related to science communication and science education.

Bojan Markicevic graduated in 2011 in physics-geophysics in the field of the Earth's magnetosphere, at the University of Zagreb. He is an experienced mentor and science communicator, and is involved in teaching and teacher training in formal and informal education.During his studies, he launched the Natural Science Student Association - PRIMUS, to improve communication between students and teachers within the Science Faculty. Through that association he organized and held many workshops and seminars for a general audience. In 2008 in the Zagreb Student Centre, he started the radio show "Science on air" on Radio SC, as editor in chief. This year he moved to Radio Student, where his weekly program involves many scientific researchers and communicators. He has now starting producing educational scientific videos for the Zagreb Student Centre.Since 2009 he has been teaching physics, first in The International Baccalaureate Middle School Matija Gubec and later in one of Zagreb's high schools. He often experiments teaching with drama techniques as a tool for better conceptual understanding of physical and scientific phenomena. He has also been coordinating the Centre for Advancement of Education within Science and Society Synergy Institute in Cakovec, Croatia.

For 6 years, since its beginning, he has been involved in Summer Science Factory, an inquiry research project-based science summer school now held simultaneously in 4 different cities in Croatia, with 60 mentors and more than 150 students. He is now co-organizer and senior adviser, in charge of evaluation and training of these mentors, who are students without any experience in education, teachers, and researchers.

Finally, in 2009 he gathered an international team where science communication is developed as a conflict management tool, giving birth to the Con-Sol project (Constructive Solutions). That is how we got in touch with him. Somehow we think there will be more surprises coming from him soon...

Leïla Perié holds a postdoctoral position in immunology at the National Cancer Institute in Amsterdam. Her research project combining advanced experimental techniques of cell tracking and modelling was selected and funded through a European Marie Curie Fellowship. She received an engineering degree in food and agronomy industries at ENSAIA, in Nancy as well as a PhD in experimental immunology, bringing new insight to immune cell geolocalisation dynamics in the human spleen during HIV infection. This work was performed at the Cochin Institute, one of the best immunology research centres in France.This training in experimental research, her current post-doc with modelling perspectives and engineering studies gives her a wide spectrum of knowledge and skills, the experience of different educational styles, as well as an understanding of the specificities of various scientific communities.She is a former vice president of Paris Montagne and currently coordinates the participation of the association within the European project SIS Catalyst, which studies how to involve youth in a dialogue that can efficiently lead to structural changes in higher education. In 2010, she was awarded the young research prize of the Bettencourt Foundation.


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Livio Riboli-Sasco was trained in biology and ecology at Ecole Normale Supérieure, in Paris, and graduated in 2005 with the first group of students from the highly innovative Interdisciplinary Approaches of Life Master, initiated and directed by François Taddei and Ariel Lindner.After cumulating various elective positions as a student representative, in 2005, he founded Paris-Montagne association, of which he is now vice-president. By creating another NGO, he coordinated students’ support to set up the innovative doctoral program Frontiers in Life, in which he enrolled in 2007, after completing his education at Ecole Normale Supérieure.In 2010 he defended a PhD thesis in theoretical biology and philosophy of biology, proposing a framework to analyse how evolutionary transitions can be interpreted with respect to the evolution of information processing in living systems.In 2011/2012, in a team with Anne Le Goff, he lead the full design of an innovative Bachelor's program for Paris Descartes University and the CRI, and directed the first year of implementation.

Livio Riboli-Sasco is pursuing a research activity, questioning evolutionary transition in the light of new conceptual frameworks of information processing in living systems.

He currently teaches at Science Po (Political Sciences University), inviting political science students to discover scientific research.

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Claire Ribrault was trained at the Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris in chemistry. After a semester internship in King’s College London working on prion diseases, she engaged in interdisciplinary studies through the Master of Interdisciplinary Approaches of Life Sciences (AIV) at the CRI. She then completed a Ph.D. in neurobiology at Pierre & Marie Curie University & Ecole Normale Supérieure in 2010, working on the molecular dynamics of synapses, and their relationship with memorization processes. She continued with a post-doctorate in physics and biology, on skin cellular mechanics, at Paris Diderot University in 2011. In addition to her research activities, she contributed to developing interactive and interdisciplinary teaching at the CRI, and redesigning part of the Master 2 AIV curriculum within its teaching team.As a member of Paris-Montagne association since its inception in 2006, she has been involved in activities such as the Science Académie program, the yearly science festival.

Most pictures of this website are from Samuel Huron, Leïla Perié, Bojan Markicevic. Thanks !