Every year, throughout France, Science Fairs invite the general public to have fun with science, to discover new technologies and the latest news. Laboratories, companies, organizations, museums and other cultural partners come together to offer activities, exhibitions, lectures, workshops, games and visits for young and old alike.

The Science Fair, introduced and supported by the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, is a major national event which celebrates knowledge, research, technology and innovation.

The 2021 Science Fair

In 2021, the Science Fair is celebrating its 30th anniversary. Since 1991, the many people involved in this event over the years have shared their knowledge, raised public awareness about science, and encouraged people, especially young people, to consider a career in science.

This year’s edition, which will take place from October 1 to 11, 2021, invites researchers, experts and mediators to share their passion for science, to meet the public and to explain what it’s like to be a scientist.

The program will focus on the theme “The thrill of discovery”. An exciting theme for its 30th year!

The Science Fair in Lyon and the Rhône department

Held in the Rhône department and in Lyon, the Science Fair is coordinated by the Université de Lyon via the Pop’Sciences team.

Pop’Sciences brings together and coordinates the large network of scientific players in the Lyon and Saint-Étienne area, including research laboratories, universities and higher education institutions, cultural and socio-educational venues, organizations and many more.

Each year, these different players come together for the Science fair to share their knowledge through more than 200 different activities.

The Pop’Sciences team is responsible for mobilizing project leaders, assisting them in designing activities and coordinating communication for the event (setting up communication actions and providing tools for project leaders).

And in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes?

Each region in France has its own coordinator. In the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, this task is carried out by the Université de Lyon through the Culture, Science and Society department. Each county or local area then has an officer who is in direct contact with the local project leaders.



Isabelle Bonardi