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The NightScience 2015 Team would like to thank its partners.

As part of a government initiative to reinforce long-term French competitiveness, a major programme called “Investissements d’Avenir” or “Investments for the Future” was launched at the end of 2009. The ANR is the operator for the research and higher education component of this programme, which covers 21.9 billion euros. Such a programme has a structuring and integrating purpose, and is part of a long-term and dynamic drive to transform higher education, research and innovation. These large-scale initiatives promoting excellence will strengthen France’s capacities for innovation and be a driving force in the dynamics of growth in the coming years.


With its nine Training and research departments (UFR) and its Institute of Technology (IUT), Paris Descartes University encompasses all the fields of knowledge of human and health sciences. It is the only university of the Ile-de-France region to offer medical, pharmaceutical and odontological studies; its health department is renowned in Europe and in the whole world for the high quality of its training and the excellence of its research.


Situated in the heart of Paris, Paris Diderot University is the only multidisciplinary university in Paris to offer a wide range of degrees in the Humanities, Medicine and the Sciences. With its 26,000 students, 20% of whom are international, its 2,000 faculty and its 92 research laboratories, it is a major actor in European higher education and research. According to its own tradition and humanist principles set out by eighteenth-century encyclopaedist Denis Diderot, the university’s ambition is to enlighten 21st-century society by opening up new fields of study, renewing traditional disciplines, developing and enhancing the achievements and results of research, and connecting with the community at large.

Sorbonne Paris Cité is a higher education and research alliance established on February 10, 2010. It is a Public Institution for Scientific Cooperation bringing together four Parisian universities and four higher education and research institutes: Sorbonne Nouvelle University – Paris 3 ; Paris Descartes University ; Paris Diderot University ; Paris Nord University ; Institute of Physics of the Globe (IPGP) ; National Institute of Oriental Languages andCivilizations (INALCO) ; Sciences Po (Institute of Political Science) ; EHESP School of Public Health.


In September 2013 the UNESCO Chair for Learning Science project submitted in April 2012 by the Innovative Institute for Education through Research (IIFR), directed by François Taddei at the Paris Descartes University, was accepted. The Chair includes universities and social entrepreneurs. Launched in 1992, the UNITWIN/UNESCO Chairs Programme today involves over 854 institutions in 134 countries in 773 global Chairs (25 in France) and promotes international intra-university cooperation and networking in education, the natural and social sciences, culture and communication.