Conference 2018



10:30-12:00 Arrival and registration of the students

12:00-13:30 Free time for lunch

13:15-15:15 Workshops Part 1 (discussion with panelists)

15:15-17:15 Workshops Part 2 (pitch projects)

18:00: Reception at the British Ambassador’s Residence & Pitch Prize



9:30-10:30 Start-up Masterclass with 5 company founders at Bercy

10:45-12:00 Planning the project implementation

12:00-13:30 Free time for lunch

13:30-15:15 Visit of the National Assembly

15:45-17:15 Team debates and keynote speech at Sorbonne university



  • The conference will be made up of a number of workshops around a theme of interest to Franco-British relations.
  • With guidance from experts, students will work in a small team to propose a project in the area of their assigned theme.
  • All projects will be presented in a short pitch presentation, which will then be collated into a post-conference publication
  • A 2000€ “Les Voisins Pitch Prize” will be awarded to the best project, to seed implementation
  • Students will be given time to work on how to take their project forward.

The Students

Students are expected to bring their ideas for a Franco-British project and to read about the workshop theme beforehand. They shall have a willingness to enter discussions and share points of views with their colleagues from other universities.

The Panelists

The role of the panelists is to use their expertise to steer the discussions amongst students in order to arrive at conclusions on the workshop theme within the allocated time. They also ensure that all students have a chance to contribute. It is anticipated each atelier will have 2-3 panelists for 23-25 students.

Workshops Themes

Click on the workshop themes for more information about the related pitch-project and the panellists involved




  • Students will split into teams of 4 and engage in a parliamentary style debate.
  • Teams will be coached in debating, and will have an hour to prepare to support or strike down a motion with a Franco-British theme
  • Four groups will be made with 8 teams, with students participating in turn, and votes for the best team and orator of the group

With the kind guidance of: