16 July 2015

What is Confluence ?

Confluence is our new project which is in line with our previous programme Paris Nouveaux Mondes (PNM) - ending in 2016. Deeply settle on our main values, Confluence is based on interdisciplinarity, innovation, research and education.


To address the major challenges facing society and the world today, and help all players (organisations, communities, individuals) understand them better, heSam université has chosen to address five strategic thematic cores in the framework of its initiative:

  • Industry and Regions 
    Exploring the connections between industrial development and territorial policies. What developments? What transformations?
  • Risks, Regulation, and Quality 
    Studying the notions of risk, regulation, and quality, from environmental, economic, legal, financial, societal, energy, and technical points of view.
  • Object Dynamics 
    Devising objects, from creation to design and conservation, while understanding its relationship with the economy, technology, culture, society, imagination, and the notion of transmission.
  • Tomorrow’s Africa(s) 
    Studying the key continent of this century, its cultural and economic initiatives by taking an academic co-development approach.
  • Learning in order to create 
    Encouraging innovative educational methods, aimed at all types of audiences, in order to increase access to education and develop creativity, inventiveness, and knowledge.

All of which call for multi- and cross-disciplinary approaches.

These themes cut across all lines of actions of heSam université

  • Research deploys proven initiatives implemented in the framework of PNM (NExT, Synergie, international Chairs, contracts for young researchers, etc.).
  • Education is characterized by a single PhD program, a multidisciplinary offer of Master’s degree and undergraduate (“Licence”) diplomas, with a triple aim of coordination, clarity and quality. Many more bridges are being built between programs.
  • Continuing Education is a strategic line of action for the ComUE: a skills-based approach, the use of digital technologies, an ambitious welcome policy, guidance and support at all levels and for all audiences, are crucial in a time of social challenges and uncertainties.
  • Research Transfer / Innovation & Entrepreneurship involves building on the approach launched by Centre Michel Serres, expanded and extended with additional systems and entities. The Interdisciplinary Laboratory for Innovative Teaching Methods (LIPI) is being created.
  • The Europe and international policy, supported by the member’s 22 locations as well as very numerous partnerships, is built around a few key partners. Participating entities’ locations are being pooled. Ultimately, a new campus with a worldwide vocation is planned.

Student and researcher services are being developed. A talent attraction policy is being implemented.

In addition, the ComUE is engaged in the harmonization of HR policies and resource management rules, as well as in the pooling of certain support functions, for the deployment of the Confluence initiative. To expand its resources, it is establishing a corporate foundation and corporate Chairs, and creating two subsidiaries: one for promotion and management of applied research and the other for the commercialization of short-course continuing education.

The governance and organization are adapted to form a confederate structure. Steering of the transformation of the ComUE via academic projects involves the introduction of vice-presidents for thematic cores to coordinate research, education (basic and continuing) and research transfer/innovation centered around their thematic core. They work with the two vice-presidents in charge of digital technologies and partnerships with companies, and with the scientific coordinators of the research, education, commissions. An evaluation policy for all our actions is being implemented, with extensive user input.