The OCE

The OCE  team is hosted by Sorbonne University on the Pierre et Marie Curie campus in Paris, where it also benefits from the scientific environnement of IPSL.

David Wilgenbus
Executive Director
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Who I am
Astrophysicist by training, I have worked for 17 years (2001-2017) as head of educational resources for the La main à la pâte Foundation. I have coordinated several large-scale educational programs on sustainable development (climate change, housing, mobility, health, natural disasters...) and science (computer sciences, astronomy), which have been implemented in more than 100,000 classes in France and abroad. My expertise lies in science teaching and education for sustainable development; in particular the design of pedagogical projects and teacher training.
In 2017, I coordinated a feasibility study for an international initiative for climate change education, which led to the creation of the Office for Climate Education in 2018.

What I do at OCE

Since 2018, I have been the Chief executive officer of the Office for Climate Education. I lead the operational team based in Paris and am responsible for the implementation of the OCE's strategic plan. I also contribute to pedagogical engineering and teacher training at the OCE.

Lydie Lescarmontier
Science Officer
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Who I am
I'm a glaciologist by training, and I specialised my work on the functioning of emissary Antarctic glaciers. During my research career, I worked with the CNRS (French National Research Institute) and the Australian National University to better understand the effect of Climate Change on the Antarctic ice sheet. From 2015 to 2017, I was vice-president of the french committee of APECS (Association of Polar Early Career Scientists) promoting education and science in polar regions, and is today young researcher represent at the CNFRA (French National Committee of Research in Arctic and Antarctic) and polar guide in the Arctic and Antarctic.
What I do at OCE

In 2018 I joined the OCE team as Science Officer. My mission is to coordinate the production of education resources of the OCE and its network and to participate to the teachers' professional development.

Natalie Nicetto
Executive assistant and Project manager
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Who I am
A young graduate in Negotiation of International Projects. Polyglot, thanks to my multicultural background, I speak 5 languages fluently. Born in Mexico, I have faced the social and environmental consequences of low resilience to strong industrial, climatic, economic and demographic changes. Growing up in this context, I developed a strong awareness for the preservation of the planet. Consequently, I engaged in different social and solidarity actions; such as participating in the development of a shared garden in Montpellier, France; organizing of a fundraising campaign for a sustainable building project in Hueyapan, Mexico; coordinating of a group of international volunteers for the development of the territory and sustainable agriculture technique in Rocca Sinibalda, Italy.
In my free time I enjoy cooking for others, biking around and I listening to live music.
What I do at OCE

I first arrived to the OCE as an executive assistant in order to provide logistics and administration support to the whole team. Later on I took the lead on the management of the main OCE international project: the CLEAR project. If you want to know more about it, go check the special section devoted to it.

Simon Klein
Science Officer
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Who I am
Simon Klein is an ecologist studying pollinators ecology. He also has a teaching diploma. He did his PhD in France (CNRS in Toulouse) and in Australia (Macquarie University, Sydney) and studied the impacts of environmental stressors on social bees behaviour. He then taught biology to bachelor students in France and Australia. In 2019, after his PhD, he facilitated science in the GoodPlanet Foundation for Biodiversity in Paris ; and worked as a biology and geology teacher at the Solertia institut near Paris. Apart from his strong academic and pedagogic engagements, Simon is active in theater making, and is keen on transmitting sciences through comedy.



What I do at OCE

He joined the OCE team in Paris in February 2020 as Science Officer. His mission is to coordinate the production of educational resources of the OCE and its network and to participate to the teachers' professional development.

Djian Sadadou
Communications & community manager
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Who I am
I am a young international professional, and graduate in political science and environmental science. I have an important multicultural background having lived in more than 8 countries, mostly in Latin America. I am motivated by the climate transition and its challenges in terms of education, energy, and social inclusion. As a result, I specialize in impactful communication, distribution of educational content and networks development. During the past 4 years I have been sharing my skills with international organizations and companies which aim to contribute to the climate transition.
What I do at OCE

Within the OCE, I hold the position of Communications & Community Officer. I am responsible for structuring the organization's communication as well as leading and developing its various networks in France and internationally.

Clémence Pichon
Research Intern
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Who I am
Fascinated by the challenges that offers today's education, I am a student in Cognitive Science in the Ecole Normale Supérieure of Paris since 2018. Thanks to my family and some extracurricular activities (I have been for several years an activity leader in holidays camps), I've been interested for several years on what creates an education of quality. I did several education internships in institutions, among which the Fondation la Main à la Pâte, and laboratories (J-PAL, LPP of the Paris University). I participated in particular in a training project for teachers about the social and behavioral skills in primary school. Involved personally in the fight against climate change through various associations, I wanted to link my knowledge and my taste for the social and behavioral learning in school and the crucial stake of climate education.
What I do at OCE

Student in M2, I am doing my research internship in the OCE and the Institut Jean Nicod (CNRS - ENS - EHESS). I study, through surveys with teachers and their students, the perceptions and emotions of young student (4th - 5th grade) who follow a climate education at school.

Dany Lefort
Communication Intern
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Who I am
I've always been dedicated to the associative sector and the work in NGOs, hence, being a part of the OCE team was for me a true calling. After a few years participating in the foundation of several associations as well as the organisation of several projects with solitary aspects I wanted to evolve in an organisation which main goal is the education. Prioritizing climate change education is a goal that I want to achieve thanks to my contribution to the OCE.
What I do at OCE

Currently enrolled in a communication school  for my Master's degree I joined the OCE team in January 2022. As the communication manager junior I work under the supervision of Djian Sadadou. I will participate in the promotion and the elaboration of projects for the climate change education in France and worldwide. In other words I will work on the realization and diffusion of communication mediums, on the organisation of events and the realization of communication campaigns as well as the managing of the education communities. 

Floriane Marié
Project manager junior
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Who I am
I am currently studying for my last year master’s degree in International Relations at Sciences Po Toulouse, but I never forget my origins from Bretagne! After experimenting 5 continents, studied in Peru, and worked in Denmark, I am now settling down in Paris, at the OCE for the next 6 months.
In a first time I have been committed in the field of education, but later on it is through various associative experiences within my university, as well as during a mission carried out for the environmental transition of Marseille that I started acting for climate. Since then, i have tried to combine these two interests by taking the turn and challenges of climate change education.
In parallel to my professional experience within the OCE, I am doing a thesis research work with a focus on the agenda of climate change education within international arenas and international political meetings.
What I do at OCE

I joined the OCE team in January 2022 as an intern, to work on the development and strategy of the organization's future projects under the supervision of Gabriel Brunnich Dunand. The whole team will accompany me during these 6 months of internship to develop my project management skills as well as refine my expertise in climate change education.

Nicolas Vogt
Education Officer
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Who I am
I have been a teacher for 15 years, both in secondary schools and in high schools. I have worked in France and in French schools abroad (Morocco, Senegal), in different networks. Active teaching methods are at the heart of my practice: observations, modelling, experimentation, investigative approach, inverted class... I try to favour the field approach as much as possible, which is important in the understanding of complex phenomena and scales. I like to build interdisciplinary projects with my colleagues, which gives more meaning to learning and mobilizes essential skills and values in students. Studies show that they promote the acquisition of knowledge and encourage proactive behavior, a great goal for building a better future!

What I do at OCE

I am an education officer, which means that I put my teaching experience at the service of the scientific and pedagogical expertise of the OCE. My knowledge in the production of resources (academic, textbooks,...) is very useful to me at OCE, which produces a lot of them: textbooks, summaries of IPCC reports for teachers, educational kits, digital resources. With my scientific colleagues, we also train many teachers and trainers, in France but especially abroad. Finally, we monitor educational projects all over the world: awareness raising, mitigation or adaptation projects, participatory sciences. The purpose of this follow-up is to support educational teams and to make these projects known in the hope of triggering chain reactions in the educational community.

Jessica Vial
Science Officer
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Who I am
I am a climatologist by training. After obtaining my PhD from the University of East Anglia (England) in 2012, I worked for 10 years as a researcher specializing in the study of physical processes of the atmosphere controlling global warming, especially those related to clouds. I worked at the CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique) in the two main climate modeling centers in France (the Institut Pierre Simon Laplace in Paris and the Centre National d'Études Météorologiques in Toulouse), as well as abroad at Columbia University (New York) and the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (Hamburg). In 2021, I was a contributing author to the 6th IPCC report (Group 1, physical basis).
What I do at OCE

In June 2022, I joined OCE as a science mediator. My mission is to coordinate the production of educational resources related to the 6th IPCC report, to contribute to the professional development of primary and secondary school teachers, and to promote the role of teachers in the societal response to climate change during the COPs (annual United Nations conferences on climate change).