Anne-Christine Ayed holds a B.Sc in Chemistry from the University of Montreal, an engineering degree in Polymer Sciences (EAHP, France) and a PhD in Macromolecular Physical Chemistry from the University of Strasbourg.

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She spent 30 years in strategic leadership positions, relentlessly proving that innovation and sustainability can drive both business growth and human progress. She is currently an associate of AOC Innovation, a consulting firm working among others with +Impakt and the Ministry of Economy in Luxembourg in the field of Circular Economy. 

From 2009 to 2019, she was Group Executive Vice President Research, Innovation & Environment of Tarkett, a global leader in Flooring and Sports solutions. She led the development and the implementation of Tarkett environmental strategy “Doing Good. Together” which positions Tarkett as the circular economy industry leader by offering healthy flooring products (phthalate free, chlorine free, low VOC, C2C gold certifications) as well as take back and recycling solutions.

Before joining Tarkett, she spent 15 years with Dow Chemical where she held several R&D and business development leadership positions in Switzerland, Germany and the USA. In 2004, she joined DBApparel, (Hanes Brands Inc.) in Paris, a global branded apparel company where she was Research and Innovation Director and member of the group Executive Committee.

She earns several awards that recognize her achievements and impact in the field of transformative & sustainable business innovation: Green business award (BFM/Adème 2012), Best Innovator (AT Kearney 2013), Femme du development durable (Usine nouvelle 2014), Femme des Objets de la Nouvelle France Industrielle (French Ministry of Economy 2014), innovation award (FEDIL 2016), innovation Team Best Practices (EICSI 2018), Green World Award gold (2018)




Catherine Duffour is a medical doctor, psychiatrist and psychotherapist. She is the founder and president of the CXIO foundation for integrative medicine (Switzerland).

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Mélusine Martin is a PhD candidate at Paris-Sorbonne and James Cook University, specializing in environmental sociology, researching the relationship between humans and nature in a digital context. She has worked

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as a research assistant at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and for the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). 

She also works as a science journalist and writes for magazines such as Ça m’Intéresse, La Recherche or Simple Things. 




Lia Rosso worked, for ten years, as a researcher in cell and molecular biology at the University of Lausanne after obtaining a PhD in Life Sciences

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at the University of Nice Sophia-Antipolis. A freelance science journalist, she currently dedicates herself to publishing popular science texts. In 2014 she created Rosso Editions with the aim of stimulating discussion around life sciences.
She is the author of a scientific novel entitled The Pituicytepublished in Switzerland and an essay published in Canada and Switzerland : La nature sauvage en nous (The wilderness within us).
Lia is very active in disseminating scientific knowledge, writing columns for scientific magazines and giving lectures.

She is the head of the Scientific Committee of l’Université dans la Nature.





Miguel Aubouy has a PhD in theoretical physics. After several professional lives (researcher in fundamental physics, R&D engineer, artist, entrepreneur),

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he has specialized in innovation and creativity issues. He is currently a consultant at the University of Sherbrooke, a teacher at HEC Montreal (Design Thinking, communication, entrepreneurship), and a writer.







As the son of a family of craftsmen (father a cabinetmaker/joiner and mother from a family of bakers) I have been happily married for over thirty years to Dani, daughter and sister of winegrowers; and Dani and I are the proud parents of two children (Julie and Felix) who are, in our opinion, really good people. 

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I have a Master's degree in Law and a Bachelor's degree in Law from the University of Strasbourg, and I have spent most of my professional career (half time as I usually say i.e. 12 hours a day for 29 years) J in a Big 4 before I decided in 2010 to take a new direction and invest my experience and energy for about 50% of my time in boards of directors of companies in a wide variety of sectors in Luxembourg and abroad to dedicate the remaining 50% to social or societal projects, mainly focused on 'education in all its forms' and sustainable development.

Coming from an artisanal environment and having quickly realized how much my well-being depends on my contact with nature and human contact, I have the impression that I have always cultivated, both privately and professionally, a sort of 'triple bottom-line' concept that has been talked about so much in the business world for several years now; a triple bottom-line concept that is also more concretely known as the three P's: "Planet, People, Profit".  

  I dare to hope that the world after Covid will not be the same as it was before, and I am deeply convinced that the fight against climate change (which is also at the root of the recent and future health crises as well as most of the geopolitical crises in our world today), as well as the personal and professional well-being of all of us, necessarily involves a closer relationship with nature in general, or even a reawakening of all of us to the vital role of nature for our survival and well-being. It is therefore with great enthusiasm that I accepted to join this dynamic, innovative and committed team of the L’Université dans la Nature, whose very objectives are in perfect symbiosis with my personal convictions. 

Raymond Schadeck





It was after a long and deep immersion in nature that I decided to create l’Université dans la Nature. During this solitary stay, coming from the world of show business, I had felt such a change that, at first, I thought it was an effect of my imagination. But as I researched it, I gradually realised that there were people who had had similar experiences: nature had also regenerated them, healed their souls and, at times, profoundly changed them.

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And then I was lucky enough to come across scientific research, coming from psychologists, doctors, biologists and epidemiologists, which showed that nature has a physiological, psychological, cognitive and philosophical or spiritual impact on human beings: I read everything I could, I interviewed those I could meet, and I decided to create l’Université dans la Nature so that this knowledge could be of benefit to as many people as possible. I am convinced that the 21st century will be the century of nature. But nature is not enough : it is our connection with it that must be at the heart of education, health, urban planning and so many other sectors.

It is its contact that must accompany the newborn as well as the dying, and it is its beauty that will reconcile us with the world.

Hubert Mansion





I love life and nature. My connection with nature was formed during my childhood through my relationship with animals. I grew up in a peaceful Italian town surrounded by countryside and mountains. Attracted by the sea, I went to university in Nice (France). I began to study cellular and molecular biology

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to better understand life and it is in this way that the discovery of the microcrospic world of the cells that make up every living being, made me catch a glimpse of the subtle, invisible and deep links that connect every being on this planet Earth and also beyond in the Universe that surrounds us (the atoms that make up our bodies are truly stardust!). I am deeply amazed by life and convinced that there is an urgent need to respect life in all its forms. This is one of the reasons why I have also undertaken to pass on the knowledge of biology, to talk about cells, genes and the microscopic world through my books and articles for the popularization of science.

Lia Rosso



Economic and Innovation Attaché, General Delegation of Quebec in Munich



I grew up in a village in Austria with direct access to large forests, rolling hills and mountains and pristine bodies of water. My most cherished childhood memories include the sound of me walking knee-deep in fallen leafs in the fall. I never could get enough of that. When I was still in elementary school,

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Austria voted against an already built nuclear power station and the green movement started by thousands of people, including some of my relatives, physically protecting one of the last stretches of natural marchland along the Danube from being bulldozed, regulated and turned into a concrete desert, hydropower dam and reservoir. 

Interested in understanding how the world works, I studied management at EM Lyon in France and got a Master of Science degree in International Business from the Manchester School of Management. Working for technology consulting firms, governments, manufacturing companies manufacturing companies and economic development agencies in Europe and Canada, I have developed a certain and economic development agencies in Europe and Canada, I have developed a certain understanding of economies and societies, while always pursuing a special interest in sustainable development and related technologies and practices. 

I am recognized as an efficient business developer who connects people with similar mindsets but complementery skills and assets and thus enables them to move ahead. Getting involved with L’Université dans la Nature made me rediscover my need for being in nature and made me realise that walking in nature is the most efficient support for meaningful conversations that create new insights and new ideas. I managed to include that hiking practice into my work and intend to also make more and more people and organisations benefit from that format.  

As a father of three children, I intend to contribute to the overdue shift not only in mindsets but especially in frameworks, regulations and practices that are creating value not just monetarily by exploiting nature or by externalising cost to be dumped onto otther to bear, but by imitating the ingenuity, efficiency and simplicity of natural cycles that generate much more abundance than anyone can consume.  

Nikolaus Hottenroth





When I opened my first Engineering firm I was renting a space with low lighting and poor ventilation. The team and I were feeling down/sluggish from the previous quarter when we were at our client’s site. I did some research and found a paper done by NASA on the link between productivity and nature in the office.

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That afternoon I went and bought houseplant that could prosper in low light and could produce oxygen. From that moment I noticed an increase in morale and the data showed an increase in productivity. That is why I find Universite Dans la Nature important for our personal and for our working life.  

Sean Smith







Co-founding L’Université dans la Nature is for me an act of justice. Of environmental justice. It is a cry from the heart that says "in the 21st century the benefits of nature on health, and more particularly on the cognitive development of children, can no longer be reserved for some and remain inaccessible to others". 

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I grew up in the projects, in the eastern suburbs of Paris, the infamous "9.3", sadly famous for its incivilities, its riots, or the strong criminality which rages there. I grew up in the cracked concrete of the towers as far as the eye can see, the smell of urine in the halls, a cold and insalubrious environment.  

The refuge was "nature": two small patches of lawn and the two fir trees in front of our flat. Access to this refuge came at the cost of a fight: the lawn was forbidden as is often the case in France - except for dog owners who could walk on it. Playing there, climbing the fir tree and spending hours dreaming in the branches, sheltered from drug needles and the climate of despair, became an act of “civil disobedience”. So I disobeyed, all my childhood, and in spite of myself, a rage at injustice had just entered me. 

I studied law at the Sorbonne, set up a business in the suburbs of London, emigrated to Canada, where I met Hubert, my husband. I have fulfilled myself professionally and am happy to have offered my son a healthy, comfortable space to grow up and a true connection to nature. The child of the disadvantaged area has successfully managed to change her environment: what if she owed it to this tree and its branches that supported her? What if it were this shelter that had really helped her get some kind of balance to give her wings? This is what I deeply believe, in the light of the scientific discoveries we have accumulated and the memories and sensations so strongly attached to this immobile and tranquil friend.  

However changing environment has not extinguished this feeling of injustice.  

The more I read about the benefits that science measured and the more I talked with passionate researchers, the more I felt compelled to revisit my past in the projects: the act of disobedience in childhood has been transformed into a commitment to eradicate the unacceptable environmental injustice that still keeps far too many children away from nature, although it is essential to their equilibrium. 

It is predicted that by 2050, more than 70% of the world's population will live in urban areas. What kind of living environment will these children, women and men, low-income families and people with disabilities live in? I am determined to contribute, within L’ Université dans la Nature and with all its allies, to ensure that their living environment is not deprived of the one that proves to be their greatest partner for physical and mental health and the development of their potential. For all of them. Without exception.

Emilia Tamko Mansion





Born into the Carpathian Mountains, I grew up learning and living the cycle of nature from my parents and grandparents who lived in abundance, independently from political regimes passing by, relying on what the fertile landscape, combined with ancient practice, provided, adapting to seasons

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and using traditional knowledge. Being a free and scientific, critically thinking spirit, I did not adhere to the technocratic simplistic ideas of post-second WWII materialism that were predominant at the time of my adolescence. Thus, despite being in a privileged circumstance before and after the fall of the Communism regime, I decided to immigrate to Canada in 2003 where I restarted from scratch and had to reinvent myself, personally and professionally, from top management back to accountant and then back up to CFO.  

My educational background includes a BSc. in Economic Sciences from Al.I.Cuza University, an EMBA from McGill University and a certification in financial analysis. These days I am cosmopolite, engaging with leaders and teams from Germany, UK, Luxemburg, France, Canada and Japan. I work at the core and the edge exploring new ways to attack contemporary challenges.  

Driven by excellence, intellectual integrity and pursuit of authenticity, I have used my skills, intuition and creativity, to further the success of employers, colleagues and friends, always trying to promote general good in a manner that reflects the traditional Carpathian generosity and selflessness, the basis of survival in all ecosystems that are challenging for human societies.  

This is why I am happy to serve l’Université dans la Nature, it combines the instincts I carry with me since childhood, with the longings for a combination of my professional skills with my aspirations as a human being that is per definition, connected to the Nature and the Universe.  

Daniela Lina


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