“France, a great environment for startups”

“France, a great environment for startups”

Tony Fadell, former senior vice president at Apple, iPod designer and founder of connected objects company Nest, moved to Paris a few months ago. The serial entrepreneur has left Silicon Valley behind him to develop his next projects in the French capital. “France is a country that believes so much in education”, he said. In November 2017 he came to share ideas with Sciences Po students. He goes over a few key points from his talk in this video.

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Artillerie: discover our future campus!

Artillerie: discover our future campus!

A new chapter in Sciences Po’s history is beginning. The redevelopment project chosen for the Artillerie site acquired in late 2016 has been unveiled: it is the work of the team led by Sogelym Dixence with architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte. Beyond the architectural challenge of transforming a seventeenth-century novitiate into a sustainable, innovative university campus, this plan represents a complete renewal of Sciences Po after 150 years of existence.

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“Data doesn’t lie”

“Data doesn’t lie”

From 29 November to 2 December 2017, the Sciences Po Medialab held a “data sprint”: four days of collaboration between researchers, developers, journalists and designers to analyse data from the 2017 French presidential campaign. Simon Rogers, Data editor at Google and former editor of The Guardian's “Datablog”, explains why data is so useful for political analysis.

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Honorary doctorates: 3 exceptional individuals

Honorary doctorates: 3 exceptional individuals

On 12 December, three new doctors honoris causa will join the ranks of Sciences Po’s honorary degree recipients, alongside such illustrious names as Vaclav Havel, Boutros Boutros Ghali and Lakhdar Brahimi. The 2017 cohort is exceptional in more than one respect. This year two women will receive honorary doctorates, joining Helen Wallace who in 2011 became the first woman to be awarded an honorary doctorate by Sciences Po. This year also marks the first time that Sciences Po has awarded an honorary doctorate to a scholar from sub-Saharan Africa. Find out more about these three outstanding individuals below.

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MICHELIN-STARRED CHEF GIVES A MASTERCLASS AT SCIENCES PO

MICHELIN-STARRED CHEF GIVES A MASTERCLASS AT SCIENCES PO

Alain Passard, French chef and owner of the three-star restaurant L'Arpege, came to Sciences Po on 8 November 2017 to give an exceptional masterclass to students from the School of Management and Innovation. Passard was the first chef to introduce "vegetable-based" cuisine with produce straight out of his gardens.

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“Punitive action is not the only response”

“Punitive action is not the only response”

Should we decriminalise cannabis? Or legalise it? Or, as in one option discussed by the French government, make its use punishable only by a fine? Two members of the Global Commission on Drug Policy, Michel Kazatchkine, former director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, and Ruth Dreifuss, former president of the Swiss Confederation, came to speak at Sciences Po at a debate with Henri Bergeron, director of the Sciences Po Centre for the Sociology of Organisations, and Didier Jayle, professor of addiction studies at CNAM.

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Diplomacy, or the art to adjusting to reality

Diplomacy, or the art to adjusting to reality

Staffan de Mistura, UN Special Envoy to Syria, came to speak at Sciences Po on the delicate art of negotiation in wartime, an art that requires patience, creativity and faith in peace. De Mistura discussed the case of Syria and gave advice on conflict resolution.

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Nobel laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus at Sciences Po

Nobel laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus at Sciences Po

In October, Nobel laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus came to Sciences Po for an hour-long discussion with students at the Sciences Po School of Public Affairs. In the video, Muhammad Yunus reflects on the achievements of Grameen Bank, the microfinance company he created 40 years ago in Bangladesh to allow people with very low incomes to borrow money without collateral. 

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