A fertile ecosystem

The Science Festival celebrates 30 years

For the 30th edition of the Science Festival held 4–9 October, Genopole, the University of Évry and UNESCO’s Learning Cities program teamed to invent novel activities and events to spread the word on sciences and technologies. Two escape games challenged the public in virtual laboratories, where they learned about insects as a more ecological source of nutrition, or sports sciences as a means to measure the benefits of exercise in health and sickness. The program also included online or in-laboratory meetings, experiment stands, and games at the cultural space MicroFolie in the Évry 2 shopping center in partnership with the city of Évry, The DNA Learning Center, Planète Sciences and Sénart’Lab. The website made specifically for the event and available throughout the year offers more than 80 activities and contents.



The Évry Research and Higher Learning Campus’s Wishes

The Évry Research and Higher Learning Campus’s Wishes

The Évry Campus Wishes ceremony was held 27 January at the University of Évry amphitheater. In addition to the in-person audience, the event was also broadcasted live on YouTube. The executives of Genopole, the University of Évry-Paris Saclay and the Grandes Écoles Télécom SudParis, Ensiie and IMT-BS spoke on the theme of the Common Good to the gathering of state and collectivity representatives. Évry-Courcouronnes Mayor and Genopole President Stéphane Beaudet, Grand Paris Sud Urban Area President Michel Bisson and Essonne Prefecture Secretary General Benoît Kaplan thanked the five establishments for their collective efforts first to benefit the lives of students particularly fragilized by the pandemic and more generally to forward the development of the territory.

Meeting the start-ups at La Fabrik’ and Genopole

Meeting the start-ups at La Fabrik’ and Genopole

Genopole and La Fabrik’, an Évry-Courcouronnes service to accompany projects proposed by the territory’s youth, invited the city’s entrepreneurs for an online get-together held 30 June. Four young business founders, accompanied from the start by Genopole project managers or La Fabrik’ teams, turned on their mikes to share their experiences. They spoke of the interest of the territory’s resources for entrepreneurial accompaniment to accelerate and ensure the development of their start-ups.

Supporting the iGEM team to kindle new projects in synthetic biology

Supporting the iGEM team to kindle new projects in synthetic biology

As always, Genopole provided its support to the Évry Paris-Saclay team participating in the renowned international synthetic biology competition iGEM. The 2021 team didn’t disappoint, bringing home a gold medal for the thorough work they did in their project "Evolution T7" exploring the power of natural selection to create new, useful biological functions. The process imagined by the team opens new vistas, particularly in biomanufacturing. Also, the team’s website earned the "Best Wiki" mention, placing it in the top-ten of the 350 websites in competition.

ESSI federates research and higher learning in Grand Paris Sud

Genopole is an active member of Évry-Sénart Sciences and Innovation (ESSI), which brings together Grand Paris Sud’s research and higher learning in life sciences, engineering, digital sciences and social sciences, among others. The ties that form within this institution naturally weave interdisciplinary projects. These latter benefit from, for example, the Call for Innovative Ideas in hospital research or the postdoctoral grant program ApogeeBio. In 2021, Genopole signed a convention with ENSIIE (French Grande École for computer sciences and applied mathematics), an ESSI member, to strengthen digital sciences for biotechnologies, health and sports. That convention should be advantageous particularly for Genopole’s computational genomics strategic sector.