Make it Work: Sciences Po's initiative for climate

As previously announced by President Frédéric Mion in March 2019, Sciences Po is committing to a number of new initiatives for climate with the programme, "Climate Action: Make it Work". Thanks to this participatory platform, the various Sciences Po communities are encouraged to become engaged actors in leading the ecological transition via a series of online consultations.

Becoming a more ecologically responsible university

Under this programme, Sciences Po is committing to taking action for climate. Juliette Seban, our Sustainability Officer, is developing a coordinated strategy for sustainable development in order to make Sciences Po a more eco-responsible university. In addition, a vast study of all courses and research on the ecological transition, led by Bruno Latour and Henri Landes, has begun in order to ensure that the nature and volume of the teachings on the subject are in line with the challenges we face.

A number of projects will be launched via the new participatory platform Climate Action: Make it Work: via this website, Sciences Po students, instructors, researchers and staff can actively participate in leading the ecological transition on our campuses and beyond.

Ecology, the underlying theme of all our events

General consultations and conferences are regularly taking place on the subject of Sciences Po's ecological transition and actions to be taken for the climate. Make it Work* is thus also a series of events, keeping both guests and students informed about the latest climate happenings and debates.

A look back at the events that have taken place so far:

Events to not miss in September:

Stay tuned & participate!

On the Climate Action: Make it Work platform, click on the "Registration" button to create your account.

Rewind: what’s been happening since the spring

  • The first consultation, which took place between April 23-30, called upon all of Sciences Po’s students, researchers, instructors and staff to propose and vote for questions related to climate for candidates in the European Elections. On 4 May 2019, Sciences Po hosted a number of candidates from different political parties for a debate (FR), during which questions sourced from the platform were addressed to candidates. The question that received the most votes on the platform was: How can we make Europe more resilient against a potential systemic collapse? 

*Originally launched in 2015, “Make it Work” was an immediate success when six months before the COP21, students proved that it was possible to make climate negotiations “work”. Today, “Climate Action: Make it Work” regroups all of Sciences Po’s initiatives and commitments to make our university more eco-responsible.

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Erasmus Days: Sciences Po in Europe and beyond

Erasmus Days: Sciences Po in Europe and beyond

This year, 512 Sciences Po students participated in an Erasmus+ programme, while 650 students came to the university for their Erasmus+ in 2018-2019. Sciences Po not only actively participates in Erasmus+ programmes by sending and receiving large numbers of students each year, but also takes part in a multitude of initiatives to build a stronger and more unified Europe in terms of education and mobility.

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Independence of Mind and A Forthright Tone

Independence of Mind and A Forthright Tone

“In French, we would say Gérard Araud est très cash”, concluded Frédéric Mion, President of Sciences Po, towards the end of his introduction of the experienced diplomat. The phrase referred to the former Ambassador’s famously blunt honesty, which is something that made him a uniquely insightful guest at the conference that took place on the occasion of the launch of his memoirs, titled Diplomatic Passport: 40 Years at the Quai d’Orsay (FR). Organised by the Paris School of International Affairs, the event allowed students to have their most pressing questions about diplomacy and international relations answered by a man whose career as a diplomat spanned nearly four decades.

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Student and parent: combining the two

Student and parent: combining the two

Sciences Po is proud to have been one of ten academic institutions selected by UN Women, the United Nations entity for gender equality and the empowerment of women, to act as a “HeforShe Champion”. As part of the annual HeforShe Summit on 26 September 2018, Director Frédéric Mion discussed the actions taken by Sciences Po to advance gender equality, specifically work accomplished by the university on the question of parenthood. We share the inspiring story of one of our female students: Camille Viros, graduate of the Class of 2018, and mother of three children. 

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What Sciences Po students look for in their first job

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On Friday, 27 September 2019, the Sciences Po Careers Fair took place at the Porte de Versailles with more than 100 employers present (amongst which were private companies, public administrations, international organisations and other entities), all interested in recruiting Sciences Po students and graduates in a wide range of industries and activities. We asked students what mattered to them most when choosing their first internship or job.

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Jacques Chirac: Ambition and Flair

Jacques Chirac: Ambition and Flair

With the death of Jacques Chirac, a light goes out on a chapter of French political history and on one of Sciences Po’s most illustrious alumni. During his three years at the Institut d’études politiques, from 1951 to 1954, France’s former president would take his first strides into the dazzling career that was to follow.

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"Brexit is a strange decision"

On 24 September, 2019, renowned British author Jonathan Coe delivered a masterclass at Sciences Po as part of a series of literary conferences of this back-to-school season. The central theme of the conference: Brexit. Coe explained that he wrote his latest novel, Middle England, because he “didn’t understand the way British people [had] voted in 2016”. More