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environmental geosciences
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environmental geosciences

Fête de la Science at the Arbois Science Village


Every year for the past 19 years, CEREGE (the European Centre for Research and Education in Environmental Geosciences) has opened its doors and its science to schoolchildren and the general public free of charge to mark the Fête de la Science, which will take place in France from 6 to 16 October 2023.

Its Science Village at the Technopole de l'Arbois
On Thursday 12 October 2023, the Village des Sciences de l'Arbois, the largest grouping of laboratories working in the field of environmental sciences, will host 40 workshops and 3 conferences for more than 600 primary school children from the southern region, thanks to the involvement of around a hundred researchers, teacher-researchers, technicians, engineers, managers, staff from the Technopôle de l'Arbois and many players in regional scientific communication.

New dates
This year, the village is extended on Saturday 7 October 2023 at the media library in La Roque d'AnthéronIn the south of Luberon, with workshops and conferences on the theme of "Water: a living resource".
An event open to all, from 2pm to 7pm.
Find out more about CEREGE in Venelles on Saturday 14 October for a workshop and conference on the theme of water.

2023: Science and sport as a national theme
What does it mean to be a researcher, what is his or her life and daily routine? What makes their research qualitative? What makes the difference?
Research is often portrayed in lab coats, with test tubes, analysis and studious reflection, far removed from the image of the trained explorer. Yet very often, the researcher has to reach the inaccessible and swaps his lab coat for the hyper-technical equipment of the explorer.
In environmental geosciences, we need to be prepared for the many challenges that lie ahead.
Those involved in research at CEREGE bear witness to this in this focus.

Many supporters
This event is organised by CEREGE (Centre Européen de Recherche et d'Enseignement des Géosciences de l'Environnement) with the support of the following organisations Petits Débrouillardsin partnership with Technopole Environnement Arbois-Méditerranée, l'Aix-Marseille University, l'Observatoire de Sciences de l'Univers Institut Pythéas, l'IMBE (Mediterranean Institute of Biodiversity and Marine and Continental Ecology), the Environmental Chemistry Laboratoryand the Marseille Astrophysics Laboratory (LAM). Scientists from theIRDtheINRAé Recover (Aix-en-Provence), theMediterranean Institute for Environmental Transition (ITEM), the Collège de Francethe Sainte Victoire Nature Reserve and the Aix-en-Provence Natural History Museum.
The Village des Sciences de l'Arbois is also supported by the Aix-Marseille Provence metropolitan authority, the EN ECCOREV and the Southern Region.

More information on the event

Press contact: Leslie Monnier
Head of Organisation: Corinne Sonzogni
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Saturday 7 October, General Public Day
La Roque d'Anthéron multimedia library

14h00  "Water in the 21st century and the necessary revolution, Nicolas ROCHE, Professor of
processes (AMU), researcher at CEREGE / Institut Méditerranéen sur la Transition Environnementale).
17h00  "Phytoplankton: the history of ocean meadowsquesLuc BEAUFORT, marine ecologist and
palaeontologist, Director of Research at the CNRS

Diatoms: curious microscopic algae
Fountain, will I drink your reused water?
The augmented reality sandbox
Bioindicators & Automation of climate tracers

Thursday 12 October, Primary schools   
Arbois Science Village, Technopole Environnement Arbois-Méditerranée


. 10h The profession of palaeontologistby Yves DUTOUR, Conservation Officer in charge of the Natural History Museum in Aix-en-Provence.
. 14h "I eat, you eat, he/she eats... what kind of climate and biodiversity is on my plate? by Alberte BONDEAU, CNRS Research Fellow, Mediterranean Institute of Biodiversity and Marine and Continental Ecology


Meteorites: a journey through the solar system
How do we know what environment the first humans lived in?
Rock under the microscope
Rivers: from the mountains to the sea
Diatoms: curious microscopic algae
Microfossils: witnesses to past climates or the double life of plankton
The fossil sorting machine
Minerals that reveal the age of the Earth's surfaces
Dinosaurs of Provence
Dams - How do they resist the force of water?
What drives ocean circulation?
Drones for the geosciences
Floors: make your own!
Soil pollution
Fountain, will I drink your reused water?
Let the carrots do the talking!
What's in our air?
Augmented reality sandbox
Terrestrial magnetism
Extraction of banana DNA
The mysteries of the nanoworld: discovering the infinitely small
Nanoparticles: small but powerful
History of the tree, the example of the Provençal pine
Journey to the heart of a water table
Earthquakes and seismic risk
Draw me a Rhabdodon
Ostracods as bio-indicators of paleo-environments
Plate tectonics
Junior Climate Fresco
Women in Science
Photo Booth
Fossils in Provence
Journey to the heart of wood
In search of the blue fairy
The Red Cross
Discovering the birds of the Sud-PACA region
Space Guardians
The energy-generating bicycle

Saturday 14 October, General public
Venelles, MJC and Place Trucy

1.30pm to 3.30pm workshop, Place de la Mairie (Marius Trucy)
Domestic uses of water, par Alain Veron

3.45pm/4.45pm: Conference Water: health issues and risks par Alain Veron
MJC, 2 allée de la Roberte

This conference sets out the toxic risks associated with water consumption and resulting from industrial or natural disturbances, presenting historical examples of the emergence of chemical and biological pathogens in a multidisciplinary manner.

For further information