4 credits

  • Component

    Faculty of Science


Innovation is the very outcome of scientific research, but it is also the condition for the survival and/or development of most companies and associations, and thus of all human organizations. Innovation is also a very important lever for the economic development of territories where it is often coupled with the circular economy or the economy of integration. 

Being able to participate in the design and implementation of innovative projects, and finding the financial and partnership means to do so, are skills that are increasingly sought after by all employees, regardless of their status and role in their organization (in short, from the worker to the CEO, including technicians, engineers and even researchers!) It is as much about instilling a professional culture of innovation as it is about teaching the basic methodological and technical principles. This educational program is based on a project-based pedagogy and uses as a tool the seminar mode of work (7 days a week and 24 hours a day) in a closed space, cut off from the world to better concentrate. The pedagogical principle is to bring together several competences (in our case those of 4 training courses of the GE master and 2 courses of the Energy master) in the same space of place and time to work in group on an environmental and local problem. Conferences, meetings, visits, reflection and work will alternate to allow students to give a written answer and an oral presentation at the end of the week. The best projects will be presented orally before a jury of professionals and will be defended by the students. 

Open to the entire GE field in M2 (except the GeIBioTe course) in FI and APP and to the Energy master's degree.

With the exception of the Aquadura course for which this UE takes place over the semester, the Cogithon takes place in a 6-day seminar format. The seminar starts with a theoretical part (the first day) and then takes place in the form of workshops in which the students are organized in project teams. The teams compete to present a project within the framework of a call for tenders that changes every year and is developed in partnership with local actors. The call for tenders is based on the work of the Aquadura course and their November restitution. 


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Necessary pre-requisites

- to have followed the UE "project management"; 

- Have at least some experience working in a team; 

- master the computer and internet tools (C2i certificate recommended); 

- be able to research and analyze documents to write a bibliographic synthesis; 

-be able to present results in written form following instructions (structured, clear, critical report with bibliographic references) and orally (structured, clear, understandable communication using a slide show or poster); 

- know the functioning (principles) of a local authority. 

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Knowledge control



Nb of hours 

Nb Sessions 

Organization (SDS or local) 






Continuous control 

100 % 













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Additional information

This EU is intense in workload. It requires collaborative skills, good work capacity and endurance, initiative and creativity. 

Students must take note of documents before the start of the teaching unit (tools/methods for innovation, structuring of research). 

The seminar takes place every year in January over a week from Sunday (installation in the accommodation, welcome by the pedagogical team, introduction of the seminar and ice-breaking games) to Friday or Saturday. The seminar then follows a series of sequences until the presentation of the projects proposed by the competing teams on Friday afternoon, in response to the call for projects. Return to campus on Friday evening or Saturday morning. 

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Targeted competencies

- Project management; 

- Responding to a call for projects in accordance with a set of specifications; 

- Present a project orally and defend it; 

- Working in groups; 

- To identify the different research structures in France and to know their main functioning (dependency links, financing, actors); 

- To know the different ways of valorization of research; 

- Intellectual Property; 

- Identify and recognize the different structures that support innovation, inclusion and the circular economy; 

- Identify among its skills and ideas those that could be innovative and/or used to create activities and formalize it; 

- To propose in a short time a realistic innovative project for an identified structure with proposal of partnerships and financing; 

- Be aware of innovation and the creation of innovative companies

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