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Updated on: 24/01/2023
Every year, the University of Bordeaux takes part in the "Fête de la Science" science festival on its various campuses and in its research laboratories, in particular during the Bordeaux Science Circuit (Circuit scientifique bordelais).
The Fête de la Science, created in 1992 at the initiative of Hubert Curien, then French minister of Research and Technology, is held every year in October to promote science to the general public.
It is now organised by the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research (MESR).
Key events involve numerous university and lab researchers and staff every year.
The 2022 Fête de la Science was be held from October 7th to 17th.
The Bordeaux Science Circuit (Circuit scientifique bordelais) has been organised on the occasion of the Fête de la Science for almost 20 years now. During a week, the campus facilities and their labs offer a whole range of workshops, debates and lectures to primary and secondary school students from all over the region.
Co-managed by the University of Bordeaux and CNRS Aquitaine, the Bordeaux Science Circuit welcomes over 2,000 students in nearly 70 workshops coordinated by twenty or so facilities. It is also organised by Bordeaux INP, the Inria Bordeaux Sud-Ouest centre, INRAE and the CEA, with the support of the Bordeaux Education Authority (Rectorat), Cap Sciences and the Nouvelle-Aquitaine Region.
Math, chemistry, astrophysics, digital photonics, geology, computer science or microbiology: the Circuit's events cover about fifteen scientific fields.
For the 2022 edition, the Bordeaux Science Circuit was back on the Bordeaux campus. After two years during which the event was organised "off campus" due to the public health crisis, the campus is once again opened up for the Fête de la Science.
The event was be held from Monday - Friday, 10th - 14th October 2022 and opened for registration on Monday, 22nd August for workshop sponsors and on Tuesday, 13th September for secondary school teachers.
Bordeaux Science Circuit website
Scientific Communications Manager
The University Science Department - Agen (DUSA), a University of Bordeaux facility, regularly organises events on its Agen campus in connection with food, one of its training themes. In 2019, eggs were in the spotlight. It was an opportunity to combine scientific and culinary knowledge to learn more about the extraordinary ingredient.
The Bordeaux IUT's Périgueux campus opened its doors to Dordogne secondary schools for a day with workshops, tours and games led by IUT students from the Biological Engineering and Chemical Engineering - Process Engineering departments. The event is an opportunity to make the world of science accessible to as many people as possible in the heart of the Périgord area. It also gives students the chance to visit a higher education institution, often for the first time. The stands and workshops set up are, as often as possible, hands-on and allow secondary school students to use the equipment, carry out scientific experiment, and sometimes leave with something they made themselves.
The Cap Sciences Science Village is set up in Hangar 20 in Bordeaux during one of the weekends of the Fête de la Science, and offers lots of activities with researchers from the Bordeaux campus. In 2022, it was devoted to the fight against global warming and protection of the living world.