Cultural Season 2021/2022

Starting with Les Étincelles du Palais de la découverte, our temporary eco-friendly home located in the 15th arrondissement of Paris. The Palais has relocated to this colourful construction while renovation works are taking place, and we continue to carry out our mission here by offering presentations, workshops and shows at the planetarium.

As for the visitors of the Cité des sciences et de l'industrie, visitors will discover Jeans and Renaissances exhibits in person. The firm intention of these exhibits is to question the sustainability of our choices. E-LAB season 2 explores the latest trends in video games, in terms of the different careers and technologies within the industry, while the Biolab, a new demonstration area, sees the day. In June 2022, the Industrial Evolutions exhibition will open its doors. This exhibition explores industrialisation and its impact on human life, through immersive installations.

After the long months of lockdown, this cultural season focuses on the idea of sharing. This autumn, the Cité de sciences et de l'industrie puts the spotlight on a moment of celebration with Banquet, an exhibition that will bring visitors from the kitchen to the table. There will be also several events throughout the year: Les Silencieuses (Silent Events), Les Éclatantes (The Blinding Nights), Mini Maker Faire, and the Festicités festival will offer visitors experiences where they can enjoy being and doing something together.

In keeping with its mission, Universcience is aimed at everyone, from babies and toddlers onwards! After three years setting up its Lab, la Cité des bébés (Cité for babies) will open its doors to babies and toddlers in June 2022, while Fragile! (Fragile !) a new exhibition for children aged 2-6 will open in February 2022.

This cultural season will be all about togetherness and wonder. It's an opportunity for Universcience to show that in today's world, all roads lead to science.

Press releases

Universcience unveils its new Critical Thinking Barometer

In an era characterised by information overload and misinformation – with fake news, conspiracy theories and false scientific and medical information abounding, not to mention the propensity of the internet to distort information – where do French people stand on the issue of critical thinking, namely the ability to filter and evaluate the reliability of the information available to them, form their own opinions, question their convictions and ultimately exercise independent thought? This is the question that the Critical Thinking Barometer, which Universcience is launching in partnership with France Info and La Croix, has been created to answer.

Press Contacts

Christelle Linck
01 40 05 79 71 / 06 87 27 17 66                                                                                                                                                               

Oriane Zerbib
01 40 05 78 53 / 06 29 78 72 28

Karine Emonet-Villain
karine.emonetvillain(at)                                                                                                                                                   01 40 05 74 67 / 06 11 66 91 05

Universcience chairman and CEO, Bruno Maquart, has been elected President of Escite, the 1st european network of science centres and museums and other science engagement organisations 

Bruno Maquart, chairman and CEO of Universcience, the French public institution comprising two science centers in Paris, Palais de la découverte and Cité des sciences et de l’industrie, was elected President of Ecsite
by the organisation’s Annual General Assembly on 7 May 2021. As a member of Ecsite Board since 2017 and Ecsite Vice-President since 2020, Bruno Maquart succeeds Herbert Münder, Director of Universum® Bremen (Germany), as president for a two-year mandate.


Press Information
Christelle Linck / 06 87 27 17 66 / christelle.linck(at)