2024

Cats & Dogs in Marseille

The traveling exhibition Cats & Dogs opened this weekend at the Muséum d'Histoire Naturelle de la Ville de Marseille. It will be on display until January 5, 2025. Aurélie Biancarelli, Deputy Mayor of Marseille, responsible for higher education, student life and research, attended the inauguration alongside Anne Médard, Director of the Marseille Natural History Museum, and Fatima Ouali, Project Manager at Universcience. In their speeches, Aurélie Biancarelli and Anne Médard both praised the excellence of the Cité des sciences et de l'industrie's design and production, and emphasized their delight at the collaboration between the two institutions. This is part of the City of Marseille's commitment to promoting scientific culture. With Cats & Dogs, the teams at Marseille's Natural History Museum have created links between the exhibition and their permanent collections. 

The Cancers exhibition, a field for study and research

Did you know that the Cancers travelling exhibition is also a research field?

This is the exciting and intriguing challenge set by researchers from the ICAR Laboratory, CNRS and LABEX ASLAN, University of Lyon with the ExpReSyF Project. Alongside Maud Gouy, co-curator of the Cancers exhibition, Olivier Richard, Head of Studies and Evaluation, and Marion Ricordeau, Head of Studies and Evaluation, they presented their research findings to staff at the Cité des sciences et de l'industrie. Thanks to Pierluigi Basso Fossali, Semiotician, Professor of Language Science at Université Lumière Lyon-II; Sofiane Doulfaquar, Assistant Engineer (ICAR - UMR 5191), Lyon; Julien Thiburce, Researcher in Language Science - ICAR Laboratory - Research Engineer, CNRS; Justine Lascar, CNRS Research Engineer.

The Cancers exhibition is at the Cité du Design in Saint Etienne until July 13, 2024.

Inauguration of Fragile! in Laval 

Until November 3, 2024, the ZOOM - CCSTI in Laval will be hosting our travelling exhibition for children, Fragile! We're delighted to welcome the exhibition to Laval for the first time!  

It was inaugurated at the end of March 2024 with the exhibition curator, Floriane Perot, and Maria Evora, Project Manager at Universcience, alongside the Zoom teams, its director Jeanne Marie Mas and city representatives, including Florian Bercault, Mayor of Laval and President of Laval Agglomération, Samia Soultani, Vice-President Higher Education Research Innovation International - Conseil Régional des Pays de la Loire and Olivier Lenoir, Director of Studies Groupe ESIEA, in charge of the development of the Laval Campus.

SITEM 2024

Universcience teams took part in the 28th edition of SITEM (Salon international des musées, des lieux de culture et de tourisme) at the Carrousel du Louvre, Paris, a Beaux-Arts & cie event. During the "Inspiring public contracts: How to eco-design a project?" on the XPO stand, Designer Baptiste Bureau presented the Étincelles project at the Palais de la découverte, and Delphine Grinberg, museographer and exhibition project manager, presented the Lab at the Cité des bébés. Both projects are perfect examples of eco-design.

Next, Michèle Antoine, Director of Exhibitions, took part in the conference "Québec - France: new forms of museum cooperation" alongside Perrette Subtil, from the Musée de la civilisation in Québec. They highlighted three collaborative projects between the two institutions: Dogs & Cats, Special Effects and Crowdology. And there's more to come! They also shared the keys to success of such international projects, including a human understanding, shared values, and a concrete, shared experience.

Finally, Maud Gouy, co-curator of the Cancers exhibition, led a workshop on the "Interest and impact of preliminary and reception studies on design and evaluation" of the exhibition. Together with Claire-Marie Levêque, Head of Qualitative Studies at Gece, she looked back at this ambitious project and its impact on the public. Maud Gouy emphasized that "people were touched by the interest we could show them by presenting the disease in all its facets." The Cancers exhibition is currently on show at the Cité du Design in Saint Etienne.

Special Effects inauguration at Cité des Télécoms

This week, the Cité des Télécoms inaugurated our travelling exhibition Special Effects: steal the scene! produced by the Cité des sciences et de l'industrie in co-production with the Centre national du cinéma et de l'image animée (CNC). The exhibition will run there until the end of 2024.   

Representing Universcience at the event were Sophie Biecheler-Fiocconi, Delegate to the Institutional, Territorial and International Delegation, and Maria Evora, Project Manager.   

They were joined by the Mayor of Pleumeur-Bodou, Pierre Terrien, the Director of the Cité des Télécoms, Aude Bosquet Barth, and the President of the Orange Foundation, Élisabeth Tchoungui, as well as Emmanuel Ethis, Recteur de la Région Académique Bretagne and Jean-Pierre Jeunet, French director and screenwriter, patron of the exhibition.   

Together, they led a round-table discussion on special effects in the film industry, highlighting the potential pitfalls of digital technology. 

The exhibition takes visitors behind the scenes of special effects, covering every stage in the creation of a film, from pre-production, through the set, to post-production.   

Illustrated by a variety of references, the exhibition reveals the technical culture and innovations at work in major films, and allows visitors to experience or relive the history and evolution of special effects. It also reveals how art and technology feed off each other to produce the finest creations.  

Bravo to the Cité des Télécoms and Universcience teams for their collaboration on this wonderful project! 

To discover it at the Cité des Télécoms.

Inauguration of the Microbiota exhibition in Lyon

The traveling exhibition Microbiota based on the book "Gut, The Inside Story Of Our Body’s Most Under-rated Organ"  was inaugurated on Thursday February 15, 2024 at the Cité Internationale de la Gastronomie in Lyon, France. 

During the evening, teams from Universcience were present, with Paul Mollon-Deschamps, Project Manager; Michèle Antoine, Director of Exhibitions, gave a speech to celebrate this new venue and thank the teams from Universcience and Lyon who worked on the project; finally Nathalie Puzenat, co-curator, showed those present around the exhibition.

The exhibition will be on show in Lyon until June 30, 2024.

Inauguration of the Cancers exhibition in Saint Etienne

Our traveling exhibition Cancers was inaugurated on Friday February 9 at the Cité du design in Saint-Étienne Métropole. The city is hosting the exhibition as part of its cancer plan, launched in 2022. A first for a French city!

During the evening, Maud Gouy, co-curator of the exhibition, answered questions from journalists and showed the exhibition to those present, and artist Caroline Le Flour, actress, shared an extract from her show, "La chauve sourit", which looks back, with authenticity and casualness, on her experience facing the disease.

Today, cancer is unfortunately still all too often taboo. The aim of the exhibition is to give visitors a better understanding of the disease and its treatment, and to combat preconceived ideas about cancer, while raising awareness of everyday risk behaviours, prevention and screening.

Symposium 2024: What role does culture play in child development?

On February 1 and 2, 2024, Universcience hosted and organized an international professional symposium, inviting us to question the visions of the world we transmit to children through the stories we tell them.

In his opening speech, Bruno Maquart, President of Universcience, emphasized that we've had expertise in children's museography for over 30 years, with the famous Cité des enfants, which in 2023 broke all attendance records with over 833,193 visitors, as well as emblematic children's exhibitions such as Les Petits Curieux since 2018, and mediation programs.

The speakers on Day 1 of the symposium were: David Le Breton, professor of sociology at the University of Strasbourg, member of the Institut Universitaire de France, Benoît Sicat, interdisciplinary artist, Lauren Hyams, Julien Vitores, Cora Cohen-Azria, Fanny Delmas, Gaëlle MORENO, Marion Muzac, Vanina Arrighi de Casanova, Dannyelle Valente, Sophie Sage, curator of the Play Gallery and museographer at the Young V&A, Chinami Sakai.

On the evening of the 1st day, a convivial evening was held at the Cité des enfants, a time for big kids to talk to each other. Our export department had a stand to promote our traveling children's exhibits.

The speakers on Day 2 were: Nathalie Sejean, history maker, Vincent Patar and Stéphane Aubier, cartoonists, Magali Le Huche, author and illustrator, Edwige Chirouter, philosophy teacher, and Julia Robert-Thevenot, children's author and publisher, Myriam Dahman-Saidi, author, Laurence Le Guen, researcher and teacher, Galia Tapiero, publisher, Dr Virginie Houadec, sociologist, Laelia BENOIT, child psychiatrist and researcher, Philip D. Jaffé, professor, and Naïlem Gambaye, citizen of Paris, and speaker at COP 21.

To close the two-day symposium, Michèle Antoine, Director of Exhibitions, said: "This symposium has been an event to challenge ourselves, to put all our preconceived ideas into perspective, and to multiply our points of view. It was an extraordinarily invigorating 2 days of thinking outside the box", and she went on to thank all the speakers and organizers of the event.

Congratulations in particular to Margot Coïc, Lisa Faye and Flora Brégégère. And thank you to journalist Brune Bottero for her excellent hosting of these two days of exchange and sharing. This event was made possible by l'Ecole des loisirs, publisher of children's literature since 1965.

Museum connections 2024

We're delighted to have taken part in this year's Museum connections, alongside the team from Teo (Touring Exhibitions Organisation). We'd like to thank them for their warm welcome and support at the Touring Exhibitions Pavilion.

The show was marked by inspiring conferences and great professional encounters, notably with other travelling exhibition producers.

The Universcience export team had the opportunity to promote our travelling exhibition Metamorphoses, currently on show at Cité des sciences et de l'industrie, in Paris, and available for touring from 2025.

2023

Body & Sport in Croissy-sur-Seine

The town of Croissy-sur-Seine is donning the colors of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, hosting our Body & Sports traveling exhibition, produced and designed by the Cité des sciences et de l'industrie, in partnership with Inserm and INSEP. For the 2024 Games, the exhibition has been awarded the Cultural Olympiad label.

Body & Sports will be on display in the Auditorium of the Château Chanorier, in Croissy-sur-Seine, until March 3, 2024. An opportunity to find out what goes on in our bodies and minds when we play sport. Visitors will be able to immerse themselves in the sporting experience: test themselves, measure themselves and evaluate their physical and tactical performance through workshops such as soccer, biathlon or tennis.

Thursday, December 14, 2023 saw the inauguration of this beautiful sports exhibition with teams from Universcience, and Croissy-sur-Seine, as well as their elected representatives. The Mayor, Jean-Roger Davin, and Katerine Noel, Deputy Mayor, gave speeches to celebrate the opening, alongside Michèle Antoine, our Exhibitions Director.

Our teams are proud of this new and successful collaboration with the teams from the town of Croissy-sur-Seine, which is now the third project we have set up together, after hosting the Cats & Dogs and Playhuts travelling exhibitions.

Universcience was in Taiwan for the ICC Program!

As part of the ICC Immersion program, created to support French cultural companies in their international expansion, in which Universcience was fortunate enough to be selected: Marie-Françoise Bosq, Project Manager in our Export Department, spent 15 days in Taiwan, alongside eight other innovative French companies.

This trip created unique opportunities for collaboration between French companies and key players in Taiwan's cultural and creative industries, with over 120 business meetings organized.

Marie-Françoise represented and presented our institution at the TCCF (Taiwan Creative Content Fest) pitch. This was an opportunity to exchange best practices and promote our museographic expertise and our catalog of traveling exhibitions.

The French delegation also had the chance to explore the dynamic landscape of Taiwanese cultural institutions in Tainan, Taichung, Kaohsiung and Taipei, as well as meeting emblematic personalities from the world of Taiwanese culture. 

Pasteur in Brazil

The Pasteur traveling exhibition, which was unveiled from December 2017 to August 2018 at Le Palais de la Découverte (Paris, France), continues its Brazilian itinerancy.

After 3 presentations of the exhibition in the state of Sao Paulo, the exhibition begins its 4th itinerancy, until December 3, at the Fábrica de Espetáculos Cultural Center, which belongs to the Teatro Nacional, in Rio, under the aegis of the French Consulate and in partnership with the Brazilian Ministry of Culture.

The exhibition was inaugurated on Saturday September 30, in the presence of the French Consul in Rio, Mr. Gérard Marechal, the President of Fiocruz, Mr. Mario Moreira, and the President of the Fundaçao Teatro Municipal, Ms. Clara Paulino.

The two sponsors who have supported the exhibition since it was first presented in Sao Paulo are Ms Carolina Scavazzini, Head of Communications for Sanofi's Vaccines Division, and Mr Fabio Costa, Director of Sponsorship for Luiza magazine.

Universcience would also like to acknowledge and thank the remarkable work of Ponto Produçao, and its representative, Producer Patrica Galvao, in organizing this exhibition.

Hands On!

We are proud to announce that Universcience is now a member of Hands On! - the International Association of Children in Museums. This is an international network of museum professionals, whose aim is to make all museums interesting places for children, and to professionalize the children's museum sector.  

Every two years, they organize a conference, where network members and their partners come together to explore the latest developments in children's education in museums, children's museums and science centers.  

This year, Universcience is taking part in the event, which takes place in Bern, Switzerland, from October 25 to 27. Our teams are on hand: Raphael Chanay, Head of the Museum Projects Department, and Fatima Ouali, International Projects Manager.   

Raphael Chanay is taking part on Thursday, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., in Salon No. 3 (in English), entitled "Current issues - How to shape interactive programs?" 

An opportunity to showcase our expertise in children's museography. Indeed, the Cité des sciences et de l'industrie is well known and recognized for its children's areas with: the Cité des enfants, which has welcomed hundreds of thousands of children every year for 30 years; and its temporary exhibitions dedicated to young audiences.

All About Love at Lyon's Musée des Confluences

After Toulouse, the Pont du Gard and Laval, "About Love" exhibition, which was presented at the Palais de la découverte from October 8, 2019 to August 30, 2020, will be on show at Lyon's Musée des Confluences from October 20.

Retitled "All our loves, it explores the mysteries of love, its many facets, its biological dimension and the social issues it raises. The exhibition will run until August 25, 2024.

Find out more on the Musée des Confluences page.

Creative Lab Suisse

Pauline Silhol, Project Manager in our Touring Exhibitions Department, was at Creative Lab Switzerland, a trade show co-organized by the French Embassy in Switzerland, Business France and BPI France.  

Show participants were first welcomed by the French Ambassador to Switzerland, Marion Paradas. Nathalie Trannois, Head of the International Immersion Unit at BPI France's Development and Innovation Support Division, and Cécile Clonts, Business France's Swiss Director, also took the floor. 

The day was punctuated by round-table discussions and exchanges between Swiss institutions and French companies. 

Pauline Silhol, for example, took part in a round-table discussion on the theme of accessibility, moderated by Cécile Clonts, to present our projects on this subject to French and Swiss cultural institutions and startups, and to promote Franco-Swiss cooperation. 

There was also a Universcience stand, where you could discover all our travelling exhibitions.

ICC Immersion Taïwan 

We're delighted to announce that Universcience has been selected to take part in ICC Immersion Taiwan, a program designed to support French cultural companies in their international expansion. The immersion begins remotely with workshops led by local experts and will continue in Taiwan next November with numerous business appointments and meetings.  

Marie-Françoise Bosq, Project Manager in our Export Department, will be taking part in this program. This will be an opportunity to exchange best practices and promote our museographic expertise and our catalog of traveling exhibitions.

Think culture 2023

To mark the start of the 2023 academic year, the 8th Think Culture event was held on Tuesday 5th September, at the Centre Pompidou, organized by News Tank Culture and partnered by Universcience.

For this year's event, News Tank tackled a vast subject that is more topical than ever: "Culture and digital: the permanent revolution? A day dedicated to innovation in the cultural sector."

During the session "Museums and monumental heritage, their audiences, their own resources: how far can digital innovation go?", alongside Olivia Voisin, Musées de la ville d'Orléans Métropole ; Annick Lemoine, le Petit Palais ; and Abla Bernmiloud-Faucher, Centre des monuments nationaux, our President Bruno Maquart, presented the digital strategy of the Cité des sciences et de l'industrie and the Palais de la découverte. He mentioned a number of projects that have been put in place, from two angles: free offers, such as Blob, and paying offers. Today, each of our physical offerings is accompanied by a paying online digital offer, as with our Cancers and Crowdology exhibitions.

Bruno Maquart stressed the importance of experimentation when it comes to digital innovations: "We need to invent new languages and adapt. We need to learn. If it doesn't work, we do something else. The important thing is to experiment."

Following on from these various projects, our first lessons are: "There is no head-on competition between the digital distance offer and the physical offer. We're just coming off a record-breaking summer in terms of visitor numbers. Digital also works. We can develop two fronts at once: the physical visit and the digital."

In another session, Anne-Laure Mayer, Project Manager at Universcience, presented the "Fab Lab at school: how to stimulate the development of scientific, technical and industrial culture among young people through 'do-it-yourself'?"

The aim of the project is to "stimulate interest in science and the scientific approach." The benefits for the students are manifold, with an increase in their desire to learn, to share, and in their self-confidence; and for the teachers, who develop, among other things, collaborative work.

In conclusion, it was a day rich in constructive exchanges, to move forward together towards greater innovation in the cultural sector.

Special Effects in Villeneuve d'Ascq - last days

On vacation in the North of France? Make the most of it: there's only 2 weeks left to discover our travelling exhibition, Special Effects, on show at the Forum des Sciences, Villeneuve d'Acsq, until August 27.

The exhibition is a co-production with the Centre national du cinéma et de l'image animée (CNC).

It's hard to imagine cinema without special effects! They contribute to some of the most successful films ever made, and are used in every genre: action, science fiction, romantic comedy... This exhibition takes you behind the scenes of special effects, covering every stage in the creation of a film.

Inauguration of Microbiota exhibition in Jerusalem

On June 30, 2023, our President, Bruno Maquart, was in Jerusalem, Israel, with Maya Halevy, Director of the Bloomfield Museum, for the inauguration of our traveling exhibition Microbiota.

Well done to the teams at Universcience and the Bloomfield Museum for their work, which led to this wonderful tour.

The exhibition is inspired by the best-selling book "The Discreet Charm of the Gut" by Giulia Enders and Jill Enders, which has sold over 4 million copies in France and Germany. It is a European co-conception between Universcience, Ciencia Viva and Heureka. This exhibition opens the doors to an underestimated organ, revealing the discreet charms of the intestine and explaining how this knowledge can be used to improve everyday life.

AMCSTI 2023

From June 21 to 23, Universcience teams were in Bastia, Corsica, for the AMCSTI 2023 annual congress.

They had a busy schedule: a workshop on ecology; a conference on planetariums; a round table on the Fablab; conferences on how to tackle vulnerability-related issues in an exhibition; on Phygital; and exchanges on the mediation of tomorrow. And plenty more besides!

Our export team also presented our traveling exhibitions at the Foire aux projets.

ECSITE 2023

From June 15, 2023 to June 17, 2023, science professionals from all over the world met, exchanged ideas and debated, for ECSITE 2023.

They explored a wide range of topics, from exhibition development to the relationship between science and society; through keynote speeches; various presentation events, conferences and the famous "Business Bistro", where Universcience had the stand #53.

The 2023 conference was rich in creative sessions, inspiring conversations and countless moments of sharing!

Visit from the Tanzanian delegation of Projekt Inspire

This week, as part of the development of the Tanzanian science center network, Universcience welcomed a delegation of five Tanzanian STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) professionals, working for ProjeKt Inspire. 

It is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving learning in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. It was founded by Lwidiko Edward Mhamilawa, one of the participants in the residency for young African scientific talent hosted by Universcience during the Africa2020 Season. 

He is also the founder of the country's first science centers (in Tanga and Dar-es-salaam), for which Universcience will make available for ten years exhibition elements for young audiences from Playhuts and Fragile! which were presented during their visits by exhibition curators Alisson Boiffard and Floriane Perot. 

The visit to Paris of Kelvin Kimath, STEM Park Manager in Dar-es-salaam; Mohamed Mohamed, RSS STEM Facilitator; Cecilia Shoni, Coordinator of the Rising STEAM Stars program for pre and elementary school students and STEM Communications Officer; Max Singu, STEM Park Manager in Tanga; and Edwin Marandu, STEM Content Facilitator, enabled a wide-ranging exchange of know-how and practices between science culture professionals. 

They also had the opportunity to discover the Cité des sciences et de l'industrie, and the Etincelles du Palais de la découverte, through training courses in museography, technical support, operations and scientific mediation. 

This project is made possible by the support of the French Ministry of Culture. 

"What's new in the Middle Ages?" at the Abbey of Arthous

Since May 2nd, the Abbey of Arthous, a historical jewel nestled in Les Landes, is the host of our traveling exhibition "What's new in the Middle Ages?", and this until October 31st, 2023.

Its inauguration was held on Saturday, May 13. We were privileged to have Isabelle Catteddu, curator of the exhibition and archaeologist from the Inrap (Institut national de recherches archéologiques préventives), who went over some key elements. She was followed by Rachel Durquety, Departmental Councillor; Corinne Dampierre, Interregional Director of INRAP Nouvelle-Aquitaine and Overseas; and Marie-Sophie Mugica, our Head of the Export Department, who enriched this day with their valuable perspectives.

The Landes department prepared a dynamic program around the exhibition, including workshops, lectures and games such as archery and a construction game.

We are delighted to announce that dozens of school groups have already booked guided tours, testifying to the considerable interest in this exciting journey through the Middle Ages.

"What's New in the Middle Ages" offers an innovative perspective on a thousand years of history, thanks to the fruitful collaboration with INRAP, and is a treasure trove of wonder and new insights into this intriguing period.

Teo Live 2023

On May 11th, Universcience participated in Teo Live, Touring Exhibitions Organization's annual online event dedicated to travelling exhibitions, organised by Manon Delaury.  

Teo Live is designed to support the international touring exhibitions community – to discover exhibitions and experiences, hear about trends and meet with colleagues from around the world, with for example: Kunstpalast ; American Museum of Natural History ; Imagine Exhibitions, Inc. ; Science Museum Group ; Natural History Museum ; Science North International Sales ; Contemporanea Progetti ; Smithsonian Institution ; Muséum de Toulouse ; Grand Palais Immersif and many more!  

The 2023 keynote session focus on challenges, trends and creativity in international touring with a spotlight presentation on the future of touring exhibitions and experiences. Anaïs Aguerre and Otone Doi from Culture Connect Ltd unveil and discuss the findings of the Cultural Dialogue Survey on the Future of Touring Exhibitions, just carried out by Culture Connect in collaboration with Teo. 

Corinne Michellet-Boungo, Promotion Officer, presented our touring exhibition Crowds

To access the replay: CLICK HERE

PRESSE - Cancers : articles Blooloop & OCIM

Today cancer is still too often a taboo subject.

The Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie is presenting Cancers, a major temporary exhibition covering all the scientific, psychological and social dimensions of this complex disease.The Cancers exhibition has chosen to put the patient at the core of its narrative, as well as the nursing staff and carers, offering numerous testimonies on life during and after.

For more information, see the exhibition, currently on show at the Cité des sciences et de l'industrie until 6 August 2023, highlighted in two feature articles:

Extract: "Universcience, an organisation that works to make science accessible to all, has debuted an exhibition designed to break down the walls of taboo and stigma surrounding different cancers, in Paris. The exhibition goes beyond simply providing information by creating a space for visitors to explore the disease from all angles – including the scientific, medical, intimate, and societal aspects. Through exhibits, personal stories, and cutting-edge research, visitors will gain a deeper understanding of the impact of cancer on individuals and society as a whole."

  • the second article (in French) written by the OCIM, a national centre for ideation, shared knowledge and reference for professionals and researchers in museums, heritage and scientific and technical cultures: « REGARDER LE CANCER EN FACE DANS UN MUSÉE DE SCIENCES

Extract: "Avec l’exposition Cancers (du 6 septembre 2022 au 8 août 2023), la Cité des sciences et de l’industrie, en partenariat avec l’INCa et en collaboration avec l’Inserm, s’est attelée à une réalisation audacieuse et courageuse, avec l’ambition de lever les tabous autour de ce sujet difficile. Les commissaires de l’exposition, Laurence Caunézil et Maud Gouy livrent ici les principes qui ont présidé à leurs choix scénographiques."

One of the particularities of the exhibition, mentioned in these two articles, is its scenography. As cancer has many facets, the exhibition could not be linear. It takes the form of a vast territory to be explored designed around five audiovisual installations: three are devoted to medicine and research; two to the shock caused by the announcement of a cancer.

The exhibition will be available for touring at the end of 2023.

SITEM 2023

Back to SITEM 2023, a Beaux-Arts & cie event: with, this year, many conferences around sustainable development and innovation, and as every year, various exhibitors, key actors and innovators of the cultural sector.

The conference "Giving oneself the means of eco-responsibility" in which Universcience participated gave rise to an interesting discussion and important exchanges around the eco-responsibility of museums and cultural institutions, with Camille Pène, Co-founder, les Augures, as moderator.  

Michèle Antoine, Director of Exhibitions at Universcience, highlighted the many eco-responsible and essential projects for the ecological transition implemented by Universcience. The first project mentioned, which has been underway for a long time in the establishment, is that of internal awareness and training.

Projects that are more central to the institution's mission were then presented during the conference, such as: Les Etincelles du Palais de la découverte, an ephemeral construction made with 100% recycled materials; the Renaissances exhibition, a zero waste exhibition; the Evolutions industrielles exhibition, a "deposit" exhibition for future exhibitions, etc. One of the keys to these projects is the desire to work in a circular economy and to give priority to reuse, and to integrate these ideas from the design stage.

It's all About Love in Laval

What more universal subject of attention than love? ❤️ Enigmatic, almighty engine of so many stories, love seems particularly difficult to define.

The Zoom of Laval, Science center, directed by Jeanne Marie Mas, is wearing the colors of love until August 6, 2023 by hosting the eponymous exhibition.

The exhibition All about love was inaugurated in Laval on March 10, 2023, in the presence of the President of Universcience Bruno Maquart, accompanied by Sophie Biecheler, Director of International Relations, Cultural and Scientific Sector, and Mathilde Curdel, Project Manager, with Florian Bercault, Mayor of Laval and President of Laval Agglomeration, Marie-Laure Le Mée Clavreul, Deputy for Education, Gender Equality and the Fight against Discrimination, and Samia Soultani-Vigneron, Vice President of the Regional Council.

During his speech, Mr. Maquart insisted on the singularity of this exhibition for Universcience: "All about love has a special meaning for my teams. As the last exhibition of the Palais de la découverte before its closure for several years of works, in autumn 2020, it has left its mark on the minds and hearts of our visitors and attracted many of what we call "young adults". It is therefore with undisguised pleasure that I find her today within these walls, in this very beautiful place of encounter between the public and science that is the Zoom of Laval."

This project is the result of the excellent work of the Zoom and Universcience teams and their beautiful collaboration.

All about love questions this mysterious feeling by relying on scientific and artistic works. There is no global scientific theory on love. However, affection, attachment, sexuality and empathy are conveyed by the same molecules, trigger the secretion of the same hormones and use the same neuronal circuits.

Fire at Quai des Savoirs, Toulouse

Our travelling exhibition Fire opened at the Quai des Savoirs in Toulouse on February 9. It will remain there until November 5, 2023.

Francis Grass, Deputy Mayor in charge of coordinating cultural and memorial policies, Councillor of Toulouse Métropole; Laurent Chicoineau, Director of the Quai des Savoirs; and Sébastien Vergé, Director of the SDIS31, co-Chairman of the 129th firefighters' congress, spoke at the opening ceremony, presenting the exhibition.

Our Chairman, Bruno Maquart, also gave a poignant speech, highlighting the long and fruitful collaboration between our two institutions.

In his speech, Sébastien Vergé emphasized, among other things, that there had never been an exhibition about fire. The exhibition is therefore a unique project that could inspire vocations and raise awareness of the firefighting profession.

Yet fire has left its mark on the history of mankind, and is sadly often a topical issue. The exhibition highlights our relationship with fire, which has evolved over time and still today oscillates between fear and fascination. Fire evokes vitality, conviviality, progress and technology, but also danger and destruction.

Universcience is proud of all its teams who have worked on this project, and would like to thank the Quai des Savoirs teams who, in addition to this great joint project, have prepared a varied program of events around this theme.

Museum Connections 2023

Museum Connections is an international trade fair, resolutely focusing on the business and sustainable challenges of museums, cultural and touristic venues, which highlights trends and innovations to imagine new visitors' experiences. 

Universcience was on "The Touring Exhibitions Pavilion" on Tuesday 17th and Wednesday 18th January 2023. The Export Department team presented our new touring exhibitions and expertise.

You could also meet Universcience, the Teo team and other producers of travelling exhibitions during the session "Experiences & Innovation in travelling exhibitions" which took place on Tuesday, January 17th from 3:00 pm to 4:15 pm during the conferences of the Innovation TV set. We presented Crowdology, an exhibition which addresses a phenomenon that has never been explored in a scientific exhibition before.

2022

Cats & Dogs in Croissy-sur-Seine

Our traveling exhibition Cats & Dogs opened in December 2022 in the City of Croissy-sur-Seine and will be presented there until July 16, 2023, at the Château Chanorier.

There are nearly 63 million pets in France, including 7.4 million dogs and 11.4 million cats. This phenomenon is not only European, it is developing in the United States, Brazil, Japan... But do we really know our daily companions?

Aimed at all visitors from 6 to 99 years old, the exhibition aims to reveal the scientific, sociological and cultural knowledge about these animals.

Banquet in Lyon

Our traveling exhibition Banquet opened in October 2022 at the Cité internationale de la gastronomie in Lyon. It will be presented to the public until November 5, 2023. The exhibition is one of the first exhibitions presented in the institution and inaugurates its reopening in Lyon. The objective of this City is to "reconcile in the same place a living gastronomy, locavore, enhancing the jobs of food and agriculture of the territory."

With more than 234,000 visitors during its presentation at the Cité des sciences et de l'industrie, Banquet aims to offer an immersive, interactive and multi-sensory exploration of the historical, cultural and scientific aspects of cooking and gastronomy.

This is a unique opportunity to learn more about French gastronomy: come test your senses and take your taste buds on a journey through fun taste experiences. Taste madeleines and chocolate as you have never done before!

It's all About Love at the Pont du Gard...

The Pont du Gard is talking About Love until September 30, 2022 by hosting the eponymous exhibition.

For this presentation, the exhibition was enriched by contents developed by the Quai des Savoirs, but also, outside, by decorations and graphics designed by the artists Michel Lafon and Serge Bloch, as well as a monumental fresco by Pyrate.

The Château Chanorier welcomes Playhuts

The exhibition Playhuts is taking up residence in the town of Croissy-sur-Seine. The exhibition opened its doors on 22 February at the Château Chanorier.

It will welcome young visitors who will be able to explore a dozen huts until 6 November 2022.

The Cats & Dogs exhibition has settled in London

The exhibition has crossed the Channel to the Horniman Museum & Gardens, in London's Forest Hill district.  It will be on display until 30 October 2022.

There are an estimated 10.5 million cats and 12.5 million dogs in the UK. The exhibition offers an opportunity to find out more about these fascinating pets.

Microbiote opens in Rouen, Normandy

The Microbiota exhibition, in its 400 m² version, has just been set up at the heart of the Odyssée Santé exhibition at the Atrium in Rouen.

Odyssée Santé presents over 1000 m² a journey to the heart of health and research and offers three exhibitions in one: Microbiota, In My Body and Health in Normandy.

The exhibition will be on display from 1 February 2022 to 30 October 2023.

Microbiota comes to Germany

The exhibition opened on December 4 at the Experimenta science center in Heilbronn.

Entitled "Darm mit Charme", the German version of the exhibition takes the original name of the book from which it is taken.

It will be presented at Experimenta until May 1, 2022.