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Theme: Dare, energy of dreaming

This event occurred on
March 9, 2018
Viroflay, Yvelines

To abandon one's safety, to consider defeat, to face the discomfort, such are the companions of the audacity. Entrepreneur, thinker, scientist, farmer, musician, audacious seven will testify the paths they have made, and the borders they have shaken.

Médiathéque de Viroflay
74 Avenue du Général Leclerc
Viroflay, Yvelines, 78220
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Training engineer, hot-air balloon pilot on his free time, forged in dreams of kid based on space conquest and novels of Jules Verne, Bastien Lefrançois discovered during his studies a passion for these flying ships.


Camille Riquier, associate professor and doctor of philosophy, teaches philosophy at the University of Paris Sorbonne. He is currently Professor at the Catholic Institute of Paris. Advisor to the Editorial Board of the "Revue Esprit", Laureate of the French Academy, His current research focuses on phenomenology and French philosophy between Bergson and Peguy.

Catherine CESARSKY

Catherine Cesarsky is an astrophysicist with an international background. She is currently president of the Square Kilometer Array project, which aims to install hundreds of thousands of antennas in Australia and South Africa for the detection of radio waves emitted by the stars. In the past, she has tackled several enigmas of the cosmos through reflection and calculation, and has developed astronomical observation instruments that have been mounted aboard satellites. From 1999 to 2007, she led the Southern European Observatory, which in this period deployed in Chile, in the Atacama Desert, the most powerful optical telescopes in the world. It also had the responsibility for Europe of the first half of the construction, within an international collaboration, of a revolutionary observatory, ALMA, which today accumulates the discoveries of the universe secrets.

Delphine VINET

Delphine Vinet is a wine grower alongside her husband Benoît. They have invested in the establishment of the most respectful and harmonious agriculture possible. This was the philosophy on which they founded their vineyard in Bordeaux with their entire family.

Jean-Charles CAILLIEZ

Vice-President Catholic French University
Educational hacker and manager of innovation, teacher-researcher at the interface between the world of education and business, Jean-Charles Cailliez holds a Habilitation to Direct Research (HDR), a PhD and an Executive MBA. He is Professor of Cellular and Molecular Biology at the Catholic University of Lille. Vice-Rector Research, Dean and Researcher at INSERM and Institut Pasteur de Lille, he is now Vice-President Innovation of his university and Director of HEMisF4iRE, the Design School he created in 2017. It supports transdisciplinarity teachers who wish to practice new forms of pedagogy and participates in the construction of learning communities in the field of education as in that of management in business. He uses creativity methods and collaborative work tools (codesign, design thinking, ...) related to collective intelligence and favoring posture changes. Finally ... he is a grandfather of a little Louise and marathons collector.


CEO and Founder of Startups
Jerome is co-founder and CEO of SlimPay, a technology finance company ("FinTech"). Winner Deloitte Fast50 2015 (French company with the strongest growth). Payment institution specializing in direct account-to-account payments, especially for subscription-based transactions, which works with the largest groups such as SNCF, SFR, Solocal, Deezer ... Beyond his action as an economic player for 17 years and the creation of 4 companies, Jérôme is a member of the national cashless payments committee, member of the financial sector advisory committee, president of the French association of payment institutions and electronic money. Jérôme has been involved in the creation of businesses for 17 years, he accompanies young entrepreneurs in the creation and financing of new technologies and new uses.


Composer of electro music
Philippe THUILLER is a composer of contemporary music that combines acoustic instrument and electronic music. Coming from the Saint-Michel group he created 5 years ago, he seeks to connect the old and the new in a composition of French Pop music.

Organizing team




  • Xavier PACILLY