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.