The DEC AltAc (Alternative to Academia) is a monthly seminar where individuals with a cognitive science background show researchers and students in cognitive science at the DEC the many ways their knowledge in cognitive science can be applied to the "real" (aka non-academic) world. 

These events are a great opportunity for the DEC members to interact with people with diverging careers and yet similar interests. Every brief presentation is followed by a discussion where all attendees are free to ask questions to the speakers on their career paths, their motivations, interests, projects, and the difficulties they encounter. Finally, this is a great way to network with individuals that you may not encounter every day at the DEC. 

 DECAltAc Program 2022-2023 

Most of the talk are in English.

Seminars are only open to DEC members and Cogmaster students. If you are not a DEC member or a Cogmaster student and if you would like to listen to the talk, please view the recording and contact the speakers directly if your questions were not addressed.

The seminar can be taken by students completing the ENS diploma for credit. Credits will be attributed based on attendance. 

If you would like to present how cognitive science has shaped your non-academic career path, please contact Laudine Catbuccia :

Find the archives of the DEC Alt Ac seminar on the DEC Youtube channel.


September 26, 2022, 11:40am to 12:40, room Ribot
"Cognitive Science:  an asset for the Ministry of Armed Forces applied R&D strategy"
Dr. Didier Bazalgette, Dr. Jean Langlois-Berthelot, Jan Stormann 

Dr. Didier Bazalgette holds a PhD in Physiology. He initially conducted research in Applied Biology and then coordinated Cognitive Sciences and Neurosciences for several years at the Directorate General of Armament. He has also worked for the European Union. For the last 3 years, he has been coordinating AI, Robotics and Social Sciences Programs of research (and R&D)  for the Defense Innovation Agency. He teaches at SciencesPo, ESSEC, IHEDN, CESD, CNRLT (French Presidency).

Jean LangloisDr. Jean Langlois-Berthelot holds a PhD in Applied Mathematics and several masters degrees, one of them being in Cognitive Sciences. He holds the Brevet Technique d'Etudes Militaires Supérieurs (civilian pathway). A former ethical hacker and executive advisor in security and defense, he has worked as a consultant for several R&D programs of the Defense Innovation Agency and the INRIA. Recently, he was also an expert for the ANR (Agence Nationale de la Recherche) for a project on applied complex systems and a "Strategic Anticipation Envoy" (Ecole Polytechnique/Defense Innovation Agency) to the Freeman Spogli Institute (Stanford University).


Jan StormannJan Stormann is an alumnus of the ENA, the LSE, SciencesPo and CELSA - Sorbonne. He also attended Cornell University and ETH Zürich and taught on Intelligence and Technology at SciencePo. He is a hybrid-threat specialist that has worked for the Centre d'Analyse Prospective et Stratégique of the French Ministry for Europe & Foreign Affairs and for the Austrian government and is a regular contributor with Chatham House's Common Futures Conversations. He has also worked as an expert consultant at Storyzy and interned with a project under the Defense Innovation Agency program in Applied Cognitive Sciences.


October 20, 2022, 12 to 2pm, room Ribot
"Applying cognitive science in a Research and Development department: The case of Artimon Perspectives, a research studio"
Josefina GIMENEZ, Artimon

GimenezJosefina Gimenez holds degrees in Philosophy from the Ecole Normale Supérieure and Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, and in Public Policy from the London School of Economics. She created and directs Artimon Perspectives, the research and innovation department of Artimon. The activity of Artimon Perspectives is centered around the impact of new technologies in organizations, and its activity is organized around three axes: technological uses, scientific approach, and knowledge sharing. For more than 15 years, Josefina has been working on innovative topics from a societal point of view as well as on their economic impact and their integration in organizations. She also brings her expertise in transformation and innovation projects in the public and private sectors, strategic planning and project evaluation. She teaches strategy at ESCP and co-directs the AI in policy making seminar at Sciences Po Paris.


November 24, 2022, 12:30 to 1:30pm, room Langevin
"The Bunka project: how to build a new generation of Exploration Engine?"
Charles de Dampierre, Bunka

CharlesCharles de Dampierre is a graduate of the Grande École of HEC Paris and holds a master's degree in cognitive sciences from the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Ulm. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the ENS, a Research Engineer at Medialab of Sciences Po and the CEO of Bunka. His work focuses on using Natural Language Processing & Visualization to study the cultural attractors of society and the different ways of mapping and searching information on the web. 

BUNKA is a software architecture project using recent research in cognitive science (leveraging collective intelligence and visualization) and computer science (automatic language processing and machine learning) to build the next generation of exploration engines: more transparent & with access to a wider picture of things.


Monday, December 12, 2022, from 11h40 to 12h40pm - Salle Théodule Ribot
"Cognitive science for game design: the study of hostility perception in video games"
Rémi Poivet from Ubisoft

Rémi PoivetRémi Poivet is a Ph.D. student at Sorbonne Université and cognitive science researcher at Ubisoft. The topic of his thesis focuses on studying players' perceptions of autonomous characters in video games to deliver a more user-centered design for game production.

Ubisoft is an international video games company based in Paris and all around the world.