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Successful end of the 14th BRAFITEC Forum!

Published on June 26, 2018
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Grenoble welcomed from June 6 to 9, 2018, the 14th edition of the BRAFITEC (BRAsil France Engineers TEChnologie) Forum, annual gathering of all institutions taking part in the eponym Franco-Brazilian cooperation programme. Organised by Grenoble and Savoie academic actors related to engineering*, under the leadership of Grenoble INP Institute of engineering Univ. Grenoble Alpes, this forum was the occasion, for project leaders and partners institutions of the BRAFITEC program, to discuss last year’s results, work on current and/or upcoming projects and exchange around conferences and workshops.

Organised around the theme of ‘The Engineer of Tomorrow’, this edition questioned the impact of technological and managerial evolutions as well as the sustainable development on futures engineers’ education.

Many institutional and academic speakers tackled different subjects linked to the main theme during conference and workshops, including Laurent Rannaz, CEO of Caterpillar France, or Dominique Steiler, professor in Grenoble School of Management and holder of a « Mindfulness, Well-being and Economic peace » professorship.

The Forum was launched Wednesday, June 6, during an official ceremony followed by a welcome cocktail. Local institutions and academic actors spoke to welcome the 276 participants of this edition, making it one of the biggest academic gatherings ever organised in Grenoble! The ceremony took place in the hall of Grenoble INP – Ense3, graduate school of engineering in Energy, water and environmental sciences, a logical choice to emphasise the forum’s theme.

Followed two intensive days of forum, dedicated to the BRAFITEC program, articulated around an opening conference on the industry 4.0, a panel discussion on the ‘free company’, and 3 workshops addressing matters such as ‘Robotics on the work market’, links between environment and technology, and the impact of student cross mobility on professional activity.

These two days of scientific reflexion were punctuated by a gala dinner on Thursday, June 7, which took place in the Restaurant du téléférique, in heart of the Bastille fort, all the way up Grenoble main touristic landmark : the ‘Bulles’ cable car. Participants could discover one of the iconic historic place of the town of Grenoble, and appreciate a spectacular view of the Alp’s capital, despite an uncooperative weather!

Finally, the forum wrapped up on Friday, June 8, by a formal closing session, during which each of the institutions organising the forum and handling the programme could say a few words. It was also the opportunity to present next forum’s location, which will be organised in 2019 by the Federal University of Uberlândia, located in the North West of Rio de Janeiro.

Feedbacks on this edition were very positive, from the participants but also from institutions running the programme. So, for the programme’s Franco-Brazilian steering committee, « 14th BRAFITEC forum […] was a success unanimously praised by every participant as well as Brazilian and French observers. […]. This quality particularly results of the pertinent and complementary choices of speakers (both academic and industrial), marked by the wish to renew the subjects addressed in previous forums. The perfect logistic of the general organisation of the meeting was at the height of Grenoble academic ensemble’s reputation. »

A major success for the project’s team and a beautiful showcase for Grenoble and is academic site!
Les participants à cette édition

> Programme complet à retrouver ici

Le forum BRAFITEC 2018 en chiffres :
  • 3 jours de forum
  • 276 participants : 141 français et 135 brésiliens
  • 140 universités et institutions participantes : 45 brésiliennes et 95 françaises
  • 20 bénévoles
  • 6 établissements organisateurs
  • Financé par 7 institutions
  • 15 membres de l’équipe projet organisatrice
  • 5 conférences et tables rondes
  • 21 intervenants : 7 brésiliens et 14 français
  • 1 soirée de gala, 300 participants
  • 1 cocktail d’ouverture, 7 discours institutionnels

* Grenoble INP, Communauté Université Grenoble Alpes, Université Grenoble Alpes, Polytech Grenoble, Polytech Annecy-Chambéry et enfin Grenoble Alpes Métropole, et avec le soutien financier de la Région Auvergne Rhône-Alpes

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Date of update June 26, 2018

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