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Skills Academy 2: Morning session 6

Earth in future…

Saturday 27 June 2015, 9 a.m. to 12.45 p.m.
Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord
37 bis, boulevard de la Chapelle, Paris 10th
Open to the public (advance bookings only) : 

Fondation d'Entreprise Hermès - Skills Academy 2: Morning session 6
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The closing session of this exploratory semester opens up new perspectives with an examination of the importance of clay as a factor for sustainable development. The session will address the major world issues linked to clay as a vital resource for de-pollution, the limitation of intensive agriculture, and the struggle to resist the financial pressures on agricultural land. New solutions are needed in the face of often irreversible consequences, to maintain the precarious balance between the needs of humanity, and the preservation of the fragile ecosystems that remain vital to life on Earth.  


9 a.m.
Moderator: Hugues Jacquet, sociologist, Master’s programme ‘Sustainable development and organisational responsibility’, Université Paris-Dauphine.

9.15 a.m. ‘De-polluting the earth: alternative solutions.’
Thierry Jacquet, landscape architect, urban planner, and president of Phytorestore.

10 a.m. ‘The limitations of intensive agriculture, and its impact on the soil: arable cropping and soil science for tomorrow’s world.’
Lydia and Claude Bourguignon, agronomical engineers, directors of the Laboratory for Microbiological Analysis (LAM).

11 a.m.

11.30 a.m. ‘Earth in future…’ 
Jean-Marie Pelt, president, European Ecology institute.

12.30 a.m. Concluding remarks.
Catherine Tsekenis, director, Fondation d’entreprise Hermès.Guillaume Bardet, guest designer and Skills Academy programme director.

‘Grounded!’ is the second Skills Academy from the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès, exploring the past, present and future of ceramics and clay. The Foundation’s biennial programme is open to artisans, designers and engineers seeking to explore innovative approaches to their material of choice. Participants are invited to contribute their professional practice and skills to a shared exploration of new ways forward. Monthly morning sessions for the first semester of 2015 offer an in-depth exploration of clay and ceramics from a historical, aesthetic, economic and technical perspective, coupled with an examination of the sustainability and future of this most fundamental of materials.

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Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord
37 bis, boulevard de la Chapelle, Paris 10th
Open to the public (advance bookings only :


Under the supervision of Guillaume Bardet, guest designer and Skills Academy 2 educational director.