24 SEP 2019

Today, Sorbonne University has unveiled the Paris Parc project at a ceremony that was attended by Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo; President of the Île-de-France Region, Valérie Pécresse; Rector of the Île-de-France Academic Region and Rector of the Paris Academy, Chancellor of the Universities of Paris, Gilles Pécout; Director General of Research and Innovation at the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, Bernard Larrouturou; and the Prefect, Secretary General of the Prefecture of the Île-de-France Region France and Paris Prefecture, Magali Charbonneau.

Jean Chambaz, president of Sorbonne University, placed the virtual cornerstone of Paris Parc, a building dedicated to innovation and entrepreneurship.

Paris Parc
© François Lafite – Sorbonne Université

Paris Parc will offer, at the heart of the Pierre and Marie Curie campus, a place where innovateurs and entrepreneurs can share ideas and welcome businesses. This project was made possible through the support of the City of Paris, the Île-de-France Region and the national government.

In response to the environmental, social, economic and technological challenges of the 21st century, Paris Parc an interface between the university, its researchers, students and businesses.

The project will be housed in a bold building by the Danish architect Bjarke Ingels, who in 2015 designed the new Two World Trade Center tower in New York City.

Paris Parc
© François Lafite – Sorbonne Université

This daring design, which guests were able to discover during the ceremony thanks to a virtual tour created by the ISIR robotics laboratory, will contribute to make the Mohamed V Square a unique crossroads, facing Notre-Dame, The Arab Institute (IMA) by the architect Jean Nouvel and the Jussieu grid by architect Edouard Albert.

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The University is particularly aware of the institutional responsibilities in the promotion of innovation and entrepreneurship. For this reason, Sorbonne University and its Alliance partners have structured a continuum between its knowledge and technology transfer services, its Carnot institutes, the SATT Lutech, the Agoranov incubator and the Sorbonne investment fund.

"It is the responsibility of the university to promote the discoveries that are made from all its research teams for innovation and the transfer of technology," said Jean Chambaz during the ceremony of the virtual placing of the first stone in the building of Paris Parc.

By materializing this ecosystem of innovation and entrepreneurship, the Paris Park project today symbolizes the direct interface that exists between the academic world and the business world.

Open to all disciplines, researchers, students and alumni from the Sorbonne University Alliance, this center will support them in innovation and entrepreneurship and will be the gateway for companies to interact with research teams, technological infrastructures and the high-level courses at Sorbonne University.

"Innovation is born from research and education through research," said the president of Sorbonne University.

In this spirit of innovation, Sorbonne University is organizing an "Innovate Sorbonne University" day on September 19, covering the themes of smart cities and mobility, environmental transition, culture and heritage, and health.

Paris Parc will offer 15,500 square meters, bringing together:

- A platform for research and innovation

- An incubator to create companies based on research results

- Support services for evolving companies

- A business hotel

- An atrium with shared technical and logistics platforms

- Meeting places, workshops and conferences

- An antenna of the Sorbonne University FabLab

1 Sorbonne Université, CNRS

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1 Sorbonne Université, CNRS