18th Institut Cochin Apprentice Researchers' Conference

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les apprentis chercheurs et leurs encadrants

The Apprentice Researchers project is one of the actions of the Association l’Arbre des Connaissances intended to open up research to young people and make them aware of the scientific approach. Institut Cochin has been participating for 18 years, in partnership with the Paul Bert and St Exupéry middle schools and the Paul Bert and Claude Monet high schools. From October to April, one Wednesday afternoon per month, 16 middle and high school students carried out a research project, supervised by staff from Institut Cochin, they discovered the world of scientific research.
The Apprentice Researchers presented the fruit of their research work during a conference held on Wednesday April 24, 2024. Around 100 people (families, classmates, professors, colleagues from the institute and our supervisory bodies) attended.

Congrès Apprentis chercheurs introduction

The conference was introduced by Françoise Levavasseur, one of the co-organizers with Rachel Onifarasoaniaina and Margaux Versapuech. Then Florence Niedergang, director of Institut Cochin, presented the Institute and recalled the importance of training young people. Morgane Le Bras, president of Arbre des Connaissances, then presented the different actions of this association of researchers.
The pairs of middle and high school students impressed with their ease and the clarity of their presentations. At the end of the Conference, all the students received their Apprentice Researcher diploma from Laurence Benit, former coordinator of this action at Institut Cochin.

The conference was followed by a cocktail which allowed for broader discussions on the projects of Institut Cochin and the scientific research ecosystem.