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French Science Festival 2017

For the 2017 edition, IBS organised 3 operations, from 09 to 21 October 2017, in three different locations.

As every year, the IBS was keen to offer activities to CM2 classes. As children’s access to the EPN campus is not possible, our activities were moved to the Jean Roget building in La Tronche. Four schools from Crolles, Poisat, Champ sur Drac and Saint Egrève took part in 2-hour workshops on 09 and 10 October 2017. On the menu: discovery of proteins and DNA. A dozen volunteers animated these workshops to the delight of a hundred pupils. Teachers underlined the interest of a real scientific approach and appreciated the quality of the whole organization.


Members of the IBS also presented the advances in structural biology research and helped students discover methods & facilities that allow researchers access to the infinitely small. On October 12th and 13th, four classes could attend workshops on X-ray crystallography, NMR and biochemistry and were able to exchange with our technicians, engineers, researchers and students on research professions. Teachers found the visit very formative and the 123 secondary schools pupils were curious and delighted with their visit organized by about twenty volunteers.

In close connection with its partners of the EPN scientific campus, IBS was also present at the ‘Parvis des Sciences’ for the 3rd year. The EPN stand made "all the light on matter". In addition to the presentation of European facilities (ILL and ESRF), electron microscopy was the focus of attention. Visitors were also able to discover protein crystals and play with DNA. Two scientists from the IBS proposed an animation on "Extreme Life": visitors got explanations on archea proteins and could measure respiration using fluorescent proteins. About thirty volunteers (including 3 IBS and staff from EMBL, ESRF, ILL) took turns on the EPN stand to welcome the general public. Despite the beginning of school holidays, the ‘Parvis des Science” attracted more than 1800 people on Saturday, October 21, 2017.

French Science Festival 2016

For the 25th Fête de la science, IBS organised 3 operations, from 8 to 14 October 2016, in three different locations:

On Saturday 8 October, the four EPN campus institutes held a stand at the French Science Festival "Fête de la Science". The public discovered the different activities and research carried out on the EPN Science Campus, guided by more than 25 passionate volunteers from the 4 institutes. Half of the stand was highlighting to the large-scale facilities (ILL / ESRF), and their wide range of scientific activities. The other half was dedicated to structural biology, with many hands-on activities coming from EMBL Heidelberg and IBS (crystals and 3D structure visualization, archeas). No doubt, a great success, organised by the communication units of the four institutes.
About 2800 curious and enthusiastic visitors came to the Parvis des Sciences that day.


On October 10 and 11, a dozen IBS and INAC staff organized science experiments involving proteins and DNA for a hundred pupils to develop children’s curiosity for science. After these short experiments children could meet some university students. The 4 enlisted classes did appreciate the quality of the reception in small groups by enthusiastic volonteers and the children enjoyed to be able to handle material.

On October 13 & 14 at IBS, 115 secondary schools pupils and their 12 teachers explored the secret Life of Proteins through different activites (NMR, crystallography or biochemistry). They discovered the experimental approaches in life science and scientific results obtained at the IBS as well as different careers in research and the studies to become scientist. They learned how a laboratory is organized, and found it fun to work in an international friendly research institute. Teachers as students would have liked participate in all workshops!

Cristallographie
RMN
Biochimie

Many thanks to our visitors, and to all the volunteers who made this interactive event possible!

2015 Science Fair edition

In 2015, the national science festival, Fête de la Science, partnered with the International Year of Light. On this occasion, the IBS organized 4 events :

On October 05 & 06 at IBS, 66 secondary schools pupils and their 6 teachers explored the world of proteins at atomic scale. They discovered the experimental approaches in life science and scientific results obtained at the IBS as well as different careers in research:

Atelier microbiologie/ Microbiology workshop
Salle des spectromètres RMN/ NMR spectrometers room
Entrainement au maniement du pipetman/ Pipetman training course
Pêche aux cristaux de protéine

On October 08 & 09, with the help of IBS scientists,108 schoolchildren discovered the awesome world of biology:

Atelier protéines fluorescentes/Fluorescent proteins
Atelier ADN de bananes/Banana DNA
Atelier découverte des protéines/Proteins discovery

On October 10, PhD students set up an exhibtiion stand at the Mini Maker Fair ’Parvis des Sciences’ along with neighbouring institutes ILL, EMBL and ESRF. It demonstrates the complementarity of these institutes and the importance of geographical proximity

Visualisation de cristaux de protéine sous microscope/ Protein crystal investigation under microscope
Observation de structures 3D de proteine/ Have a look to 3D structure of proteins

The exhibition "La vie en lumière, lumière sur la vie" at Saint Martin d’Uriage (coordinated by Beate Bersch researcher at IBS) invites visitors to explore bioluminescent organisms and molecules.During the science festival, Beate welcomed 133 schoolpupils and 180 general public. The exhibition is open from september 25 to november 29:
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About thirty five volunteers were mobilized for those events, thanks to make them a success! .

Science Fair 2014

Now settled into a new building, IBS scientists resumed their participation in the Science Fair, which took place from 26 September to 19 October 2014. On this occasion guided tours for general public and workshops for CM2 classes were proposed.

On October 02 and 03, a hundred pupils were invited to participate in one of three workshops (short experiments involving proteins and DNA) dedicated for primary schools.

On October 18, two visits were organized on EPN Campus. A guided tour entitled "At the heart of the living molecules" was organized in the IBS building by scientists from IBS, EMBL, UVHCI and ESRF They animated three workshops about NMR, microbiology and crystallography. Inside a marquee at the entry of the campus, crystallography activities were also put on for people of all ages. Visitors were also welcomed elsewhere on the EPN campus, at the ESRF and the ILL.

Atelier RMN/ NMR workshop
Atelier microbiologie/ Microbiology workshop
Peche aux cristaux à l’atelier Cristallographie / Crystallography workshop

In total about 40 volonteers were involved on both events to share the great pleasure of discovery with 250 people.

Science Fair 2012

Atelier visualisation de cristauxFor the 2012 Science Week, the Institute organized two events on october 11 and 12 :

- IBS researchers, engineers and technicians invited secondary school pupils to discover the proteins which are essential for life. They had the opportunity to visit laboratories, accomplish scientific experiments (through RMN, electron microscopy and crystallography workshops) and get information about careers in research.

Atelier microscopie électronique Atelier RMN

- A hundred pupils were also invited to participate in one of three workshops (short experiments involving proteins and DNA). They could visit a the laboratory to discover benches, chemical products, instruments etc.

Atelier découvertes des protéines Atelier ADN bananes
Atelier protéines fluorescentes Visite labo par les CM2

About fourty volunteers were mobilized and shared with pupils the great pleasure of discovery

20th Anniversary of Science Festival

For the 20th anniversary of the French Science week, the IBS invited high school students and primary school pupils to discover the daily life of researchers, the different jobs offered in a research institute and the interest of a thorough knowledge of proteins.

A general presentation and three workshops (RMN, Cristallography and Biochemistry) were proposed to125 high school students.

Atelier biochimie Atelier RMN Atelier cristallographie

To develop children’s curiosity for science the IBS staff organized science experiments for a hundred pupils involving proteins and DNA. After these short experiments children were invited to visit a laboratory.

Atelier « Découvertes des protéines » Atelier Protéines fluorescentes
Atelier ADN de banane Visite d'un laboratoire

More than thirty volunteers were mobilized for this event, now eight years old at the IBS.

Science Fair 2010

-  From October 21 to 22, 2010, the IBS invited high school students to discover the world of proteins and the techniques used to probe the infinitely small :
To probe the mysteries of life at the atomic scale, special methods and facilities are needed. IBS scientists explained these and help a hundred school pupils perform scientific experiments in their labs.

- From October 21 to 22, 2010, IBS scientists invite primary school pupils to explore the world of the living at the atomic scale :
In a two hour session, scientists and technicians demonstrated the methods used to investigate the mysteries of life. A hundred pupils were first invited to participate in one of three workshops (short experiments involving proteins and DNA) followed by group visits to the laboratory to discover the different instruments used to study the world of the infinitely small.


- From October 21 to 24, 2010, IBS scientists also welcomed a large family audience at the science Village in Grenoble
Our staff animated a game to explain its activities and illustrate the diversity of life.

About fifty volunteers (almost 20% of IBS staff) were mobilized to welcome secondary school pupils and the lay public and helped to make it a successful event.

Open Days 2009

In the framework of the 2009 French science week, the IBS organized a 4-day event :
- “Proteins revealed” : From November 18 to 20, 2009, the IBS welcomed secondary school pupils
- “Perspectives on Life at the Molecular Level” : On November 21st, 2009, biologists, chemists et physicists from three different Institutes invited the lay public to discover DNA, proteins and cells.

A hundred school pupils attended a general presentation about proteins, methods used to determine their structure and also careers in research. After this talk they visited laboratories and conducted experiments.

On Saturday, November 21, a large family audience (158 people) was able to enjoy a wide range of activities


Photo credit : IBS/O.Kaikati

About fifty volunteers were mobilized to welcome secondary school pupils and the lay public and helped to make it a successful event.

2008 Science Fair : Open Days at the IBS and conference

The 17th edition of the Science Week tolok place in Isère from the 14th to the 23rd of November, 2008. For this edition the Institute organized two events :

- The Institute welcomed 180 secondary school pupils and invited them to discover the proteins which are essential for life. With the researchers, engineers and technicians of the IBS, they had the opportunity to visit laboratories, accomplish scientific experiments and discover the world of living on the atomic scale.

- Eva Pebay-Peyroula (director of the IBS) gave a talk during the conference entitled « Filles et garçons en sciences et techniques, un enjeu européen et planétaire »

Crédit photo : IBS/CEA-CNRS-UJF/O.Kaikati

Photo credit : IBS/CEA-CNRS-UJF/O.Kaikati

The IBS organised Open Days from October 10 to 14, 2007

The 16th edition of the Science Week took place from the 5th to the 14th of October, 2007. For this edition the Institute welcomed the general public (adults and secondary school pupils) and invited them to discover the world of living on the atomic scale.

Secondary school pupils at work in our labs :

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photo credit : IBS/CEA-CNRS-UJF/O.Kaikati

A reportage was made by FRANCE 3 Television during the general public visit : reportage at the IBS (13Mo)

’Fête de la Science’2006 at the IBS

The 15th edition of the Science Week took place from the 6th to the 15th of October, 2006.

For this fifteen edition the Institute welcomed the general public (adults and secondary school pupils). The visit varied from 30mn to 2 hours according to visitors. Topics : Biology, Chemistry, Medicine, Physics.

Préparation d’un échantillon de protéine
Préparation d’un gel d’electrophorèse
Présentation de la Résonnance Magnétique Nucléaire aux élèves de 1ere
Introduction à la Biologie Moléculaire avec RobioMol
Explications sur les apports de l’Enzymologie dans la lutte contre le cancer

Photo credit : IBS/CEA-CNRS-UJF/O.Kaikati

October 12-16, 2005 : "Fête de la Science" at the IBS

For the 14th edition the Institute welcomed the general public (adults and secondary school pupils) on the following theme:

- Imagery of the living molecules

For more details about the Science Week, please have a look to the:

- Isère’s program (in french only)

Open Days 2004

For its first participation in Science Fair, the Institute invited the public to discover the following themes :
- Imagery of the living molecules : a better seeing for a better understanding.
- Virology and its applications to medical biotechnologies

Themes: Biology, Chemistry, Medicine

Imagery of the living molecules : a better seeing for a better understanding.

Structural biology studies the 3D shape of proteins and DNA. These molecules are involved in all biological processes, from breathing to the antibiotic resistance. The IBS invited the public to discover the world of living on the atomic scale.

Date:
- On October 13th, 14th and 15th: secondary school pupils (reservation required)
- On October 16th and 17 th of October: adults and secondary school pupils

Virology and its applications to medical biotechnologies

Studying the mechanisms that lead a virus to infect cell is not the only goal of Virology. How Gene Therapy takes advantage of Viruses in therapeutic applications?

Date:
- On October 16th : adults and secondary school pupils