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Launch of the Class Gift 1981 & 2011

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17 May 2021

On Monday, May 10, 2021, all the actors of the Class Gift 1981 & 2011 on the acceleration of the sustainable development training at ISAE-SUPAERO were gathered!

An evening dedicated to the launch of a new gift from the classes of 1981 and 2011, who answered the call to get involved with their former school and future engineers.

The Class Gift for sustainable development at ISAE-SUPAERO is from May 2021 to October 2021 for all those who want to get involved!


At 7pm, Ewenn, Soel, Victor and Thomas welcomed the participants to the launch party. All 4 in their first year, they made their PIC a reunion and mobilization event around a Class Gift project.

On the occasion of this launch, were also gathered
Philippe Forestier, President of the ISAE-SUPAERO Foundation
Olivier Boucher, Director of Research at CNES
Olivier Lesbre, Director General of ISAE-SUPAERO
Caroline Bérard, Director of engineering education and project leader
Jean-Louis Marcé, Vice-President of the Alumni Association
Laurent Juillard, Deputy Director of Development of the Foundation


As well as the 5 sponsors, ambassadors of the classes of 1981 and 2011, who have at heart the animation of this gift to their former classmates.

⇒ Discover the 5 ambassadors!


The classes of 1981 and 2011 responded to the call and wished to mobilize around a common project that will pave the way for a “sustainable development” training within the ISAE-SUPAERO Institute.

Course of the evening

Welcomed by the students, the participants were able to listen to Philippe Forestier’s introduction, recalling in particular the new raison d’être of the Foundation working for a sustainable world.

“We are facing all kinds of challenges for which engineers are indispensable. They are the ones who will be able to imagine breakthrough innovations to create the world of tomorrow. We owe it to them to support them. “

Olivier Boucher, a specialist in the impact of aviation on the climate and member of the IPCC, recalled the main conclusions of this work.

“If we want to stop global warming, we must reduce CO2 emissions to zero, which is called neutrality. But we must also reduce other greenhouse gases. There’s definitely an issue about getting started quickly. If we delay, it will mean that we will have exceeded our allocated carbon budget and will have to go through a phase of searching for CO2 in the atmosphere: a so-called ‘negative emission’ phase, which will be worrying.”

Olivier Lesbre was then able to present the major evolutions of the Institute over the last 10 years as well as “HORIZONS”, the new sustainable development strategy of the Institute which leads it to call for the support of the community.

“Our new Horizons roadmap allows us to reformulate our sustainable development strategy in order to invent the air transport of tomorrow. Student training is one of our focuses and our 700 graduates trained per year are the future actors of the energy transition. Their training will have a major impact in a few decades.”

Caroline Bérard was able to present the project for training engineers in sustainable development that this Class Gift supports. After presenting the history of this theme in the training and the concrete evolutions already implemented in terms of hardskills, she developed how, with the support of alumni, the training could make a leap forward by developing students’ softskills on sustainable development issues.

“The role of the engineer is changing. They must respond to new environmental and societal challenges. To do this, soft skills such as ethical issues, the ability to debate, and an awareness of these issues are essential. It is important to quickly achieve a proof of concept to then incorporate a new type of training in a permanent way in the engineering program.”

The class sponsors Julie Dequaire S 2011, Aubin Peigne S 2011, Jean-Pierre Dargentolle S 1981 and Benoit de Maupou S 1981 were able to share their enthusiasm for this project and call on their fellow students to participate as they did by making a donation to this Class Gift, 20 and 40 years after their graduation.

“We have always studied in optimal conditions when we were students, let’s give the same opportunities to the young people of today” Jean-Pierre Dargentolle

“Every engineer is first and foremost an enlightened citizen, he or she must participate in the public debate in order to innovate pertinently so that we can meet the environmental challenges of tomorrow.” Benoit de Maupeou

“The Institute has always been innovative in terms of projects, once again this is the case. I am happy to be able to contribute positively to this Class Gift and to be able to create inter-generational connection.” Aubin Peigne

“It’s important to come together around a meaningful project and help accelerate the School’s transition. Soft skills aren’t necessarily learned in a classroom, we owe it to ourselves to help the youngest students become good, informed engineers.” Julie Dequaire

A student micro-trottoir was shown illustrating the importance of these issues and the questions they raise.

“The more we bring in material in terms of sustainability in the core curriculum, the more it will raise awareness so that students understand that it is up to us to do something tomorrow. It is important that we have the right training with concrete achievements to understand this. It would be great if we could mobilize alumni around this project that we feel strongly about.”