Creating the Healthcare of Tomorrow

Advances in healthcare engineering and the development of the medical humanities are leading to new medical approaches, both in the practice of medicine and in the understanding of patients and their freedom.

Alexandre Carpentier, Neurosurgeon, Professor in the Faculty of Medicine, Sorbonne University, Founder of CarThera.

“I’m taking on two major challenges: making surgery less invasive, more effective and less expensive, and optimizing treatment by focusing on the penetration of medication into the brain. We are the first in the world to have perfected a technology that has revolutionized chemotherapy for brain tumors and that will have other applications for other pathologies such as Alzheimer’s and multiple sclerosis. Working in a multidisciplinary university, with top-level researchers in every field, has allowed me to approach disease in a wholly innovative fashion.”

Pierre-Henry Tavoillot, Philosopher, Assistant Professor and Research Supervisor at Sorbonne University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Philosophy Department, Head of the College of Philosophy. Member of the Council of Social Analysis from 2004 to 2013.

“Healthcare has become a major issue that has come to dictate conduct, impose rites, and determine behavior. It plays a guiding role in our lives, from the cradle to the grave. And profound transformations are around the corner: what will become of childhood when parents are able to decide the characteristics of their children? What will become of old age when the trans-humanist promises of its abolition become a reality? What will become of youth when people of any age can claim to preserve it? And as far as adulthood is concerned: will it even exist anymore? The medicine of the future, preventive, predictive, personalized and participatory, promises amazing results, but also a transformation of our lives. Our researchers contribute to bringing these developments into effect, while avoiding the extremes of excessive prudence or blind trust.”

Building the Smart City

By uniting our expertise in mathematics, computer science, and electronics with those of other disciplines, we are at work assessing potential uses for digital tools and artificial intelligence.

Patrizia Ingallina, with a PhD in Geography and Planning, specialist in landscaping, architecture, and city planning (Italy), Professor at Sorbonne University in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Geography and Planning Department.

“The promises and challenges of the smart city can be summed up in one phrase: improving the overall quality of urban life. The aim is to create an innovative and sustainable ecosystem, exploiting both the advantages offered by the digital revolution and the benefits, in economic and environmental terms, deriving from renewable energies in the conception, creation, transformation, and uses of urban neighborhoods.
Thinking innovatively about the imperatives of sustainable development alongside those of the knowledge city, based on the knowledge economy and characterized by innovative clusters: at Sorbonne University, we take an interdisciplinary approach to the study of these important social issues.”

Developing Intercultural Dialogue

Through a strategic alliance with other European universities, our goal is to contribute, through research and education, to building a stronger, more united and more coherent Europe across its entire territory.

Éric Fouache, Professor of Physical Geography and Geo-archaeology at Sorbonne University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Geography and Planning Department, Vice Chancellor of Sorbonne University in Abu Dhabi since 2012.

“At a moment in which the West and the Arab world are experiencing a major identity crisis regarding Islam, the University has a campus in an Arab country that is proud of its traditions but determined to build a model of society compatible with Western values. Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi is an institution that transmits the highest level of academic skills. It’s also a place acquire French-style professional skills and a cultural center that embodies the motto ‘a Bridge between Civilizations.’
“Exporting education and research and allying French and foreign campuses are important goals, contributing to the exemplary development of innovative fields of study and intercultural dialogue.”

Ensuring the Environmental Transition

In the face of climate change, it is essential and urgent to find concrete solutions for everyday life.

Laurence Eymard, Professor Emeritus in the Faculty of Science and Engineering of Sorbonne University

“The Paris agreement of November 4, 2016 gives new responsibility to all the protagonists in every country to commit strongly to environmental transition: attenuation of and adaptation to climate change, equitable resource management, and the preservation of biodiversity and ecosystems.
Sorbonne University has wide-ranging expertise in all of these domains, which can and must be mobilized so that the transition is made to the benefit of society.”

Sylvie Brunel, after 17 years in humanitarian work, Professor of Geography at Sorbonne University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Geography and Planning Department, author of numerous works, and winner of the 2016 Grand Prix Edouard Bonnefous from the French Academy of Moral and Political Science.

“Since the environmental transition lies at the heart of territorial transformation and requires the adaptation of agricultural production systems, Sorbonne University brings together its expertise in geography, biology, territorial planning, and climatology to enable both local communities and large-scale public and private interests to dispose of a coherent and global intellectual framework concerning the evolution of the rural world. Agricultural producers must be at the center of landscape design, nutritional biodiversity and the rehabilitation of rural areas so that they don’t die out. Our research contributes to the understanding of agrarian societies and helps the Earth remain habitable, attractive, and sustainable!”

Preserving / Transmitting Our Cultural Heritage for the Future

Philippe Walter, chemist, specialist in artistic practices, research director at the CNRS, director of the Laboratory of Molecular and Structural Archeology, Sorbonne University, Faculty of Science, Department of Chemistry and co-director of the Heritage Observatory at Sorbonne University.

"Material or immaterial, cultural or natural, all the heritage objects adhere to a common definition: they are collective goods inherited over a long period of time, invested with an imperative of transmission to the generations to come and that call out for a protection.

The notion of heritage is at the center of growing social issues: communities claim their own heritage to assert their identity, to fuel a political struggle, to develop tourism and their economy ...

By building interdisciplinary programs and an exceptional range of technical resources designed for this research, Sorbonne University contributes to this transformation of issues by deciphering the origins and uses of heritage objects and contributing to their conservation and enhancement. All disciplines are concerned: from digital humanities to neuroscience and materials science."

Updated on 13 JUN 2018