symposium october the 31

Association Internationale pour la Promotion et la Diffusion de la Recherche sur la Résilience

International Association for the Promotion and Dissemination of Research on Resilience

Thinking resilience: From particular to the general

International Symposium organized by Resilio

(International Association for the promotion and dissemination of research on resilience)

October 31, 2015, at the University Paris 8 Vincennes - Saint-Denis

(Scientific Coordinators: Serban IONESCU and Adrian VAN BREDA)


08:00-09:00         Welcome of participants and registration

09:00-09:30         Opening Session: Danielle Tartakowsky (President of the University

Paris 8), Serban Ionescu (President of Resilio), Michèle Montreuil-Truelle (Director of the Psychopathology and Neuropsychology Laboratory), Odin Hjemdal (Resilio Designated-president)

09:30-10:15        Conference: Resilience in psychology and psychiatry – Serban Ionescu


Chairperson: Marie Anaut (Lyon)

10h15-11h15        First Round table:

Marc Blétry (Paris) – Materials science and resilience


Adrian Van Breda (Johannesburg) – Resilience and social work

Yona Jebrak (Montréal) – Resilient cities and urban resilience

Chairperson: Alex Pessoa (Sao Paulo)

Discussant: Odin Hjemdal (Trondheim)

11:15-11:40          Coffee break

11:40-12:40          Second Round table:

Didier Genin et Hubert Mazurek (Marseille) – Resilience of social-ecological systems: From a conceptual ambition to a difficult implementation

Mihaela Tomita (Timisoara) – Law and resilience

Gilles Teneau (Nantes) – Organizational resilience

Philippe Bourbeau (Cambridge) – Resilience in the field of international relations

Chairperson: Michel Born (Liège)

Discussant: Joëlle Lighezzolo-Alnot (Nancy)

12:40-13:00          Questions and discussion

Chairperson: Odin Hjemdal (Trondheim)

13:00-14:15           Lunch

14:15-15:15          Third round table:

Bernard Michallet (Trois-Rivières) – Rehabilitation and resilience

Valentina Vasile (Bucarest) – Economic resilience

Serban Ionescu (Paris), Colette Jourdan-Ionescu (Trois-Rivières) and Évelyne Bouteyre (Aix-Marseille) – From cellular resilience to societal resilience

Chairperson: Elena Malaguti (Bologne)

Discussant: Francine Julien-Gauthier (Québec)

15:15-15:45          Questions and discussion

Chairperson: Odin Hjemdal (Trondheim)

15:45-16:10          Coffee break

16:10-17:00          Conclusions and closing session: Serban Ionescu (Paris) and Adrian

Van Breda (Johannesburg) 

Chairperson: Nathalie Nader-Grosbois (Louvain)

During breaks, poster sessions

Coordinators: Colette Aguerre (Tours) et Mihaela Tomita (Timisoara)

17:00-18:00          General Assembly of the International Association Resilio

October 31, 2015

Symposium organized at

University Paris 8 Vincennes-Saint-Denis


“Thinking resilience: from particular to general”


Used since antiquity in the writings of Seneca, Pliny, Ovid and Cicero, the word resilience has overcome everyday language borders, and entered progressively in very different fields, ranging from psychology and ecology, to mechanics or economics. The many areas where the word resilience is used raises, rightly, questions. Is it a "closet" concept, an empty shell, as some say? Or, on the contrary, its great power of penetration is explained by its heuristic value?

What are the elements of common sense and what is particular when the concept of resilience is used in very different areas? Can we build transdisciplinary bridges using resilience? Can we be satisfied with the general definitions of resilience? Is it possible to operationalize this concept?

Gathered in the University Paris 8 Vincennes-Saint-Denis, researchers and practitioners interested in resilience will address these questions and will try to give the best answers.

Şerban Ionescu