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IFP School has created a new innovation laboratory to promote and support initiatives dedicated to training and innovation.

Named Lab'Innov, this laboratory will be a physical and virtual space dedicated to the experimentation of new technologies and training practices.

"Educational innovation is for us a source of differentiation and one of the key components of our modernisation strategy" explains Christine Travers, Dean of IFP School.

Placed under the responsibility of Olivier Bernaert, Associate Professor at the Centre of Processes for energy and chemistry, Lab'Innov will focus on sharing and co-creation amongst teachers, researchers, students, IFP Énergies nouvelles subsidiaries and the School's partner companies.

The lab consists of four main departments:

  • the educational innovation hub, headed by Clément Cahagne and whose objective is the deployment and integration of digital and innovative educational methods in training programs;
  • the MOOC department, led by Marie de la Villèsbrunne which ensures the development of the online training offer. Two MOOCs on energy transition and tomorrow's mobility are currently available and managed respectively by Jean-Pierre Deflandre and Maria Thirouard;
  • the entrepreneurship department, headed by Olivier Bernaert, whose ambition is to develop the intra- and entrepreneurial approach among students using design thinking approaches;  
  • the future virtual reality laboratory, led by Clément Cahagne and which aims to encourage the integration of immersive realities into IFP School courses.

A first partnership with Axens

Lab'Innov and Axens have already planned to work closely together to set up and develop the Axens Academy, dedicated to developing the skills of its staff. As such, the Lab'Innov team, reinforced by the Axens Digital Learning Specialist, will be in charge of developing educational modules.