Adaptation Institute

The Human Adaptation Institute aims to better understand the cognitive and physiological mechanisms of human adaptation in facing rapid or long-term change. Our studies are carried out in real life situations, solely on humans, in an equal manner and considering all physiological, cognitive and ecosystem parameters impacting the notion of Adaptation.


Our results enable us to better prepare for the future as well as to propose levers of action beforehand in order to reduce possible impacts. The Human Adaptation Institute aims to better understand the cognitive and physiological mechanisms of human adaptation in facing rapid or long-term change.

COVID-19 Crisis management

Christian Clot, founder of the Institute, specialist in crisis management and containment, accompanies companies and organizations during this period.
We offer tailor-made support and intervention solutions, based on our research and experience, to prepare you and your teams to evolve in the current context and, above all, to prepare for the future.

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Latest news

Sortie des équipiers de l’expédition scientifique DEEP TIME

Conférence de presse Sortie des équipiers de l’expédition scientifique DEEP TIME Samedi 24 avril 2021 Grotte de Lombrives 09400 Ussat Le 24 avril à 10h30 s’est terminée l’une des plus[…]

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Expédition scientifique DEEP TIME

Le 14 mars à 20h commencera l’une des plus incroyables expéditions scientifiques humaines de ces dernières années : DEEP TIME. 15 personnes vont s’enfermer pour 40 jours dans la grotte de Lombrives en France, sans accès à la lumière du soleil ni aucun indicateur temporel. Les buts : comprendre la plasticité cérébrale liée au temps, les impacts de la désynchronisation face à une situation nouvelle de vie et la capacité d’un groupe humain à retrouver une synchronisation fonctionnelle, lorsque plongé dans un univers totalement nouveau et en l’absence de l’un de ses repères majeurs : le temps.

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Annonce de la mission DEEP TIME : Live le 4 février 2021 à 20 h sur Facebook

Dans un mois, débutera la prochaine expédition de recherche de Christian Clot et d’Adaptation Institute : DEEP TIME. 14 personnes, pendant 40 jours dans une grotte, pour comprendre le temps[…]

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Axes of work

Axe 1: Extreme Changes

Studies carried out during expeditions in extreme ecological environments, as well as during climatic or social crises, which act as life accelerators.

Axe 2: Behavioral Adaptation

Studying one’s ability to change their behavior to anticipate change before it happens and implement actions to reduce any negative impacts.

Axe 3: Climatic Impact

To study the impacts of extreme climates on humans in all their dimensions: cognitive, physiological, psychological, social, etc.

Axe 4: Freedom and Autonomy

Studies and evaluations of individual and collective freedoms and the associated autonomy.

Axe 5: Migratory Adaptation

Work in-situ, monitoring forced migrants during their migratory journeys, involving deep and numerous changes in particularly extreme living conditions.

Axe 6: Change Management

Faced with the transformations of today’s world, companies must change. The Adaptation Institute is studying how companies are implementing change and how they are going about it (and how they could optimize it).

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