the project team

All the ADAPTATION team

Initiator and expedition leader

Founder of Human Adaptability In Situ

  • christian clot
    Initiator et founder of HAIS


    christian clot

    Initiator et founder of HAIS

scientific team

Scientists who contribute to researches

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    Etienne Koechlin

    Pr. Responsible of cognitive studies

    Etienne is a former student of l’Ecole Polytechnique, a Doctor of Sciences from the Université Pierre et Marie Curie and Research
    Director of INSERM, founder and director of the Cognitive Neurosciences laboratory of l’Ecole Normale Supérieure.
    His research looks at the psychological mechanisms for mankind’s judgment and decision-making faculties, and how the brain’s functions confer such adaptive abilities. This work has led to major advances in our understanding of these human
    A laureate of several scientific awards, recognised worldwide as an expert in his field, cited in the top 1% of neuroscience with over 4100 citations, his works have been published in the most prestigious scientific journals.

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    Katia Dauchot


    Specialist of the stress and fear management, Katia studies mostly motivation and adaptation. Researcher for the LNC and associated with several research, she will run the studies about stress under extreme environements.

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    Margaux Romand-Monnier


    Doctoral student in neurobiology biology, her work focuses on the links between the different neural systems, especially cortical and ventral. She will work on this specific field.

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    Olivier Archambeau

    Responsible of geographical studies

    Olivier is geographer and Professor at Université Paris 8, and is member of the CNRS research
    unit: LADYSS «Laboratoire Dynamiques sociales et recomposition des espaces ». He specilizes himself in scientific expeditions in remote and difficult to access places.
    He is president of Société des explorateurs français since 2006.

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    Stéphane Besnard

    Researcher in Physiology and Neurosciences

    Stephane Besnard (MD, PhD) is Associate Professor of Physiology at the University of Caen and School of Medicine and Neurophysiologist at the University Hospital of Caen since 2007. He is a member of the INSERM U1075 COMETE directed by Prof. Pierre Denise. He received his MD in 2002, his PhD in Neurosciences in 2008 and his Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches (HDR) in 2013. He has experiment in the field of Physiology, Neurosciences, Neurophysiology on human and animals. He received grants from National French Agency (ANR), from NASA, CNES and from French Polar Institute for program in physiology and medicine in extreme environment; from pharmaceutical laboratory (SANOFI-AVENTIS), from federation (ANTADIR), from Fondation de l’AVENIR and from Regions (Poitiers and Basse-Normandie) supporting programs in Neurosciences. He has on-going collaboration with Dr Elefteriou (USA) and Prof. Smith (New-Zeland) and Prof. Blottner and Dr Stahn (Germany). He is director of the medical commission of parabolic flight and expert of independent committee of biomedical research in France. He serves a reviewer for several international journals and was guest Editor for Frontiers in Integrative Neurosciences. Since 2010, he was involved in 10 clinical research programs (PHRC) as co-investigator and 2 as main investigator. He is at the head of the medical commission for parabolic flights, and he supervises research on Astrolabe vessel on motion sickness. His current topics are the vestibular system in cognition and physiology as well as scientific supervisor of a program of validation and development of a Head Tracking System with STARNAV Company.

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    Technical team for sensors

    CSEM, Swiss Center for research and development (private & non-profit), advises and accompanies the industrial players in their innovation process. Thanks to its close ties with the academic and business circles, CSEM plays a key role in technology transfer in Switzerland and abroad.

    For over 20 years, CSEM developed with ESA, among others, health surveillance systems. These wireless technologies, ultra-low power and miniaturized to the extreme are precisely those who, embedded in smart clothes sensors will now allow Christian Clot measure his vital signs. The skills acquired in the control and monitoring of physiological parameters make the CSEM a key partner in the field of health, sport and wellness.

operational and Expedition's team

Coordination, logistics, organisation, fieldwork

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    Jeremy Roumian

    Head of Operations

    For several years, Jeremy works on the concept of exploration. His taste for discovery and curiosity led him to realize several exploratory journeys but also to carry out research studies
    on expedition logistics.He specializes himself in the operational support of missions andexploration projects. He will plan, organize and coordinates the various 4X30 days expeditions.

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    Melusine Mallender

    Responsible Video|field coordination

    Melusine was first wardrobe master before starting to travel around the world during journeys and humanitarian missions. For ten years, she realized several expeditions alone or in groups in countries with a negative image in our eyes. His experience of human management and field will help scientist and the 2017’s group to be prepared to field experience.


Media and press team

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    Grégoire Chéron

    Press relationships

    Heliom is an agency created in January 2015 by Gregoire Cheron. Heliom specializes in assisting adventurers and explorers in the preparation and promotion of their expeditions. The agency coordinates the project and its different actors ( producer, director, photographer, graphic designer , sponsors , publishers , etc. ), is in charge of the event (launch party , return shipping, conferences,
    etc.), communication and press relation of the project)

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    Bruno Valentin & Julien Pannetier

    Iconographic content management

    Geographers and photojournalists, Bruno Valentin and Julien Pannetier have founded ZEPPELIN in 2008. They work to bring back reports as testimonies. From Bay of Bengal to the Aiguille du Midi, from the monks of the Grande Chartreuse to the officers of the Navy, they sign all their images Zeppelin.
    Their stories are distributed by Michel JOURDREN their agent and he pictures by news agency SIPA
    PRESS. In June 2010, Bruno and Jlien have received the International Media Award.
    Found of Bangladesh, Bruno and Julien have developed a sold network there. Bangladesh has become a second home. In 2011, they found an association with Bangladeshis photographers. Their work are diffuse by Zeppelin Network.

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    Lucas Santucci


    First agronomist and photojournalist, Lucas joined the team of Under The Pole as the manager of partnership and logistic.  He embarked on an 18 months expedition to Greenland in the promiscuity of a sailboat.  There, he established himself both as terrestrial and underwater photographer.  After documenting 9 months of sailing that led to 80° North, Lucas had to winter trapped in the ice, a few kilometers from a village of 200 inhabitants, mainly fishermen-hunters.  As part of this project, he joined the Zeppelin Network agency and decided to become a professional photographer.  The extreme conditions endured in the Arctic are a test of discipline and patience that forgives no errors, human of otherwise.  It is now one of the few photographers with such an extensive experience in underwater and land photography in the Arctic.

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    Maxime Pannetier

    Social Media Manager

    Maxime is the Social Media Manager.  He has two Masters, one in history and another in audiovisual production.  Maxime is passionate about anything international, travelling, movies, and the digital world.  His many functions include director, producer, specialist in social networking & digital communication.  The last 5 years he was employed as a consultant with NPA Conseil and has participated in the development of digital strategies for TF1, France 2, France 3, France 4, France O, Arte, M6, OCS, Team 21, Lagardere Active Lagardere Studio, Europe 1, RTL and France Facebook…  Since June 2016, Maxim has started his own company dedicated to the 360° digital accompaniment of brands on social networks.  He is in charge of Adaptation’s digital communications.

Patronage Committee

They support Adaptation 4x30 days

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    louis bodin

    Meteorologist / TV presenter

    Louis Bodin graduated from the National School of Meteorology and began his career as a forecaster at Météo France weather stations.  He is an expert in aeronautical meteorology (provided weather assistance for gliding competitions and a film production company), but also in marine meteorology.  In this capacity he served as weather and routing advisor to Florence Arthaud and Paul Vatine.  Since 2002, Louis is also Assistant Editor in Chief at RTL Weather Service, where he presents ten daily updates.  He also presents weather reports TF1 channel since 2010.  He bring all of his meteorological expertise to Adaptation.