France Celebrates la Fête de la Science 2021

September 22, 2021 by Mylene in About France

la fete de la science france 2021

The Science Festival is an annual event that brings together the general public and the scientific community in France. In 2021, la fête de la science takes place in France from 1 October through 11 October.

This festival aims at promoting all kinds of sciences such as chemistry, physics or mathematics for example. It allows everyone to share special moments with researchers. The main goal is to make scientific culture more accessible to the general public and students.

In this article you’ll learn more about la fête de la science in France:

Fête de la science 2021

This year it’s the 30th edition of la fête de la science in France.

Each year a theme is chosen for la fête de la science (science fair).

Eureka! The emotion of discovery is the selected topic for 2021. 

This year, the event is sponsored by the French journalist: Chloé Nabédian. #FDS2021

Concept

Scientists open the doors to high-school students and their teachers, as well as to the general public so that they can visit the laboratories and meet with the researchers.

For example, yoll able to study Neolithic pottery, play with your visual perception, share experiences with Thomas Pesquet; discover the sea flowers ….

At the Science Festival (Fête de la science), there are thousands of free events, all over France.

All the scientific disciplines participate as shown in the graph below (data from MESRI-SIES). The public has the opportunity to discover all the sciences: physics, social sciences, mathematics, and also chemistry.

It is a unique opportunity to discover the world of scientific research, see demonstrations, meet researchers, engineers, and lab technicians.

Répartition selon la discipline scientifique proposée
Répartition selon la discipline scientifique proposée – Source : MESRI-SIES-2021


The Science Festival usually takes place in October for 10 days of free events.

For la fête de la science 2020, there were more than 1 757 events in France.

There are three different ways to participate:

  • le village des sciences: it brings together in one place and for several days many national and international scientific experts.
  • a themed walk: a themed walk is a walk along which there are information boards covering a specific topic. It allows visitors to discover different sites over several days during the same scientific theme and throughout its region.
  • a unique event: the “Fête de la science” events are scientific projects that take place outside the science villages and outside the themed walks. There are thousands of them, in every region!

The organizers

The festival is organized all over France by many different organizations and experts such as researchers, engineers, technicians, or associations. The table below summarizes this information (data source).

They are all volunteers. Their aim is to communicate the results of their research.

Pourcentage des personnes mobiliséesNombre de personnes mobilisées
Personnels de l’enseignement supérieur et de la recherche24%2385
Médiateurs, animateurs17%1731
Bénévoles associatifs, étudiants, élèves, retraités, service civique29%2933
Enseignants du primaire et du secondaire11%1145
Personnels d’entreprise7%681
Bibliothécaires, médiathécaires5%513
Autres6%638

Universities

Most of the universities in France participate.

In 2021, 10 universities have participated to publish the book “Sciences en bulles : Eurêka !”.

science en bulles eureka

In this book, you’ll discover 10 university research topics, carried out by doctoral students during their theses. The topics are presented and explained in a French comic (a BD in French).

Research Organisms

Many research organisms participate such as the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) or the National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment (INRAE).

Associations

More and more associations are joining the French Science Festival. They provide support and diversity in the actions carried out in the country. With this interactive map of France, you can find out what local events are organized for the science fair in every region.

Entreprise

French companies and their research and development sectors, or R&D, are increasingly present at la Fête de la science. It is a privileged moment to communicate on the latest technological innovations and their effects on our daily lives. Example: The French multinational electric utility company (EDF) is among the participants this year.

The objectives of the science festival

There are 5 main objectives:

  1. raise awareness among the scientific culture
  2. improve communication between researchers and the public: it allows citizens to interact with the scientific community by discovering or questioning knowledge, techniques, innovations
  3. facilitate access to quality scientific information
  4. promote the work of the scientific community
  5. encourage vocations among young people by stimulating their interest in science and curiosity about scientific careers

The audience

All audiences, of all ages, are concerned:

  • families
  • schools
  • students
  • seniors
  • curious persons
  • science enthusiastic

The different kinds of animation

Examples of science day activities as reported by the same data source mentioned earlier:

  • workshops (ateliers)
  • exhibitions (expositions)
  • games (jeux)
  • conferences (conférences)
  • laboratory visits (visites de laboratoire)
  • discussion/debate (rencontre/débat)
  • show (spectacle)
repartition animation 2021
Répartition des animations prévues en 2021

Looking for virtual events in French?

Due to Covid-19, there are more and more conferences accessible online.

With this interactive tool, you can find virtual events in France. It’s a great way to improve your French listening, to learn new vocabulary, and to follow topics that interest you.

You can also follow Master Your French on YouTube where you’ll find a lot of videos to learn French.

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