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EAU DE PARIS | The return of great fears: will we be united in the face of risk?, Les Ateliers des Métamorphoses #6

23 November 2021 14:30–17:00

On 23 November 2021, Eau de Paris organises a new online event of its “Atelier des Métamorphoses’ series of workshops which invites to reflect on the water-related challenges that the local territories are facing.


On this occasion, the discussion will be focused on how it can be anticipated, manage crises and create a society in a context that has been marked by many unusual events of an industrial, climatic or health-related nature.

The Metamorphosis Workshop #6 invites us to ask ourselves four major questions:

  • What can we anticipate from the memory of major health crises in terms of managing diseases, organisations and populations? Can we - and should we - recover and cultivate a memory of health and environmental crises? How can we learn from these crises?
  • What will the health and environmental risks be tomorrow? Can we anticipate them?
  • How can we prepare for future crises? How can we introduce doubt and the management of uncertainty into the Res Publica? How can the scientific method provide solutions? How should its implementation be supported? 
  • How can we prepare our societies for risks and crises that we thought or wanted to avoid? How can we promote the social acceptability of risk? How can we manage the fear of risk amplified by social networks and hyper-information? How can we think about the political administration of risks today? 

To answer these questions, Benjamin Gestin, Director General of Eau de Paris, will lead this workshop with the participation of :

  • Olivier Borraz, sociologist, director of the Centre de sociologie des organisations (CSO).
  • Didier Sicard, Professor Emeritus of Medicine at the University of Paris, former Head of the Internal Medicine Department at the Cochin Hospital, former member of the Board of Directors of the Institut Pasteur de Paris from 2002 to 2012.
  • Virginie Tournay, researcher, political scientist and writer, director of research in political science at CNRS/Cevipof.

More information here

Replay episode 5 here