The WOW! Program “Wide Open to the World!" is developing and applying international strategy of I-Site CAP 20-25 project. In the CAP 20-25 project, this strategy is "based on a set of incoming and outgoing measures and international projects, and on establishing networks, alliances and international laboratories", related to the main theme of "new models for sustainable living and production".

This strategy is implemented through the definition of specific tools (via the call for projects) to promote attractiveness and influence of the higher education and research of Clermont Auvergne site. For each one of the calls for projects, the Steering Committee defines the articulation of actions with the scientific Challenges and others transversal programs, the selection criteria, calendar, procedures, mode of diffusion and the budget.

In addition, the WOW! Program has identified in a roadmap some deliverables for the promotion of internationalisation of the University. These deliverables focus mainly on collaboration with target geographic areas, development of international laboratories, coordination of networks and alliances, as well as the strategies of the challenges.

Our calls for projects

What we do

Objectives of the WOW! program activities::

  • Making UCA an international university (from our community, the national and international partners’ point of view),
  • Internationalizing Research and Innovation together with the CAP 20-25 scientific challenges and in relation with the concept of new models for sustainable living and production,
  • Internationalizing education programs by better integrating training/research partnerships,
  • Developing strategical Partnerships with Universities of excellence,
  • Developing outgoing mobility of students, teachers/researchers and all members of the community,
  • Improving incoming mobility and welcoming strategy,
  • Developing internal and external communication (by leading a political and functional network, and by creating and supporting projects).

The WOW! Steering Committee is in charge of the definition and implementation of this strategy and represents the majority of the actors at UCA level in terms of international matters.


The Steering Committee is comprised of:

  • Valérie LIVRELLI (manager of WOW! program),
  • Anne GROLEAU-BRUNAT (Operational support officer -international strategy CAP 20-25),
  • Céline MAREST (Operational support officer -international strategy CAP 20-25),
  • Viviane ALARY (CELIS Researcher, challenge 4),
  • Yves Jean BIGNON (University Professor- Hospital Practitioner, Challenge 3),
  • Gilles BRUNSCHWIG (Director of partenarial and international relations VetAgro Sup),
  • Mélanie DESCAMPS (Officer-in-charge, at Direction of higher education, research and innovation in Auvergne Rhône Alpes area),
  • Anne Garrait-Bourrier (Vice-President International Relations, UCA),
  • Jean-François HOCQUETTE (DR INRAE)
  • Sabrina Juarez (Scientific Coordinator IMobS3 Laboratory of Excellence, Challenge 2),
  • Stéphanie Lamaison (Director of International Relations, UCA),
  • Gilles Mailhot (CNRS Researcher, Challenge 1),
  • Margaux MEYSONNET, (Manager of international relations, VetAgro Sup),
  • Virginie SQUIZZATO (at Direction of higher education, research and innovation, Clermont Auvergne Métropole), représentée par Hélène MAZALEYRAT,
  • David TURNER (Director of international relations SIGMA Clermont).

  • Permanent guests:
  • Pierre SCHIANO (Director of project CAP 20-25)
  • Bérangère FARGES (Assistant director in charge of scientific and recovery aspect).