Fête de la science à Poitiers

Espace Mendès France - 1 Place de la Cathédrale - 86000 POITIERS
 +33 5 49 50 33 08
The Science Fair is held from 7 to 15 October 2017 in Poitiers and Grand Poitiers. It mobilizes for one week the enthusiasts of sciences, researchers, technicians, engineers, laboratory, professionals and amateurs, etc. to meet all the public and make better know the research and its trades.
Manipulate, test, visit, dialogue with researchers and discover the professions of research. The Science Fair , thousands of free animations, all over France. On this occasion, science invests public places and researchers come to meet you.

In Poitiers, several events will take place within the Espace Mendès France :

Trade shows
- You look on your plate!
12 and 13 October: visits at 13:30, 14:30, 15:30 and 16:30
14 and 15 October: visits at 2 pm, 3 pm, 4 pm and 5 pm

- Module "Missions on Mars"
14 and 15 October at 2 pm, 3 pm and 4 pm

- Doctors, medicines
This exhibition offers an introduction to the history of medicine from antiquity to the present day. It makes us discover the universe of doctors, their inventions and their difficulties throughout the centuries.
Until October 17, 2017

- Images of sciences
Exhibition realized by ImageUp, technological platform of the University of Poitiers, specialized in the imaging of biological samples
Until 3 December 2017

- Extreme environments
Until July 7, 2018

- The Planetarium in Celebration
The planetarium will be open for free to take you to the magical world of the stars.
12 and 13 October at 1.30 pm, 2.30 pm and 3.30 pm

- An hour of travel in the universe
Come and discover the constellations under the vault of the planetarium: an hour of travel in the Universe.
14 October at 14.30 and 15.30
October 15 at 2:30 pm

- Antikythera machine, weather balloons
You will be able to manipulate the Anticathera machine and see how it works, as well as the nacelle of the stratospheric balloon, and to vary the sensors.A real-time video will display the sensor data as curves.
October 14

- Cells under the eye of the researcher, discovery trail in the laboratory
Organized by the École de l'ADN Nouvelle-Aquitaine, the UP Image Platform and the STIM laboratory of the University of Poitiers. This is a journey carried out with the support of Olympus, which offers a complete fluorescence imaging system for this event. Cells are "living" organisms, they move according to their function to transmit a force, communicate ... and move! We propose a laboratory immersion with different microscopic approaches, including fluorescence observations, to discover all the plasticity and the mobility of the cells. For youngsters, fun corner with puzzles and 3D images, to discover otherwise the world of cells.
14 and 15 October from 2 pm to 5.30 pm

- Demonstration of a 3D printer
Come and see how a real 3D printer works. A facilitator explains the steps involved in making an object.
October 14 and 15from 2:30 pm to 6 pm

- The gears are rolling!
The children become familiar with the construction and the movement, thanks to gears and observe the effects of rotation of these notched wheels.
14 and 15 October from 2.30 pm to 6 pm

- The Egg of Icarus
Each participant is given an egg for which he must build a protective envelope as strong as possible before releasing it from a height of 3 meters.
14 and 15 October from 2.30 pm to 6 pm

- Chemistry at home
The kitchen is the ideal place to start to take an interest in chemistry. Numerous simple and playful experiments are possible.
14 and 15 October from 2.30 pm to 6 pm

- Balbuciné
For deaf and hard of hearing between 5 and 8 years. Reservation at intersignes86@gmail.com . Organized by Inter'Signes. Estelle Arnoux and Lisa Le Duigou propose you to experiment with the first attempts to animate images such as a cabinet of curiosities.
October 15 at 2:30 pm

- Spectacul'air
Workshop-show that decrypts the luminous phenomena that surround us during a festival: spots, strobes, smoke, faceted ball, fluorescent light ... A workshop for the pleasure of the eyes.
October 14 at 5 pm

- Lights in box
Learn about atmospheric pressure, different states of matter and how a balloon or balloon works. Many spectacular demonstrations await you to illustrate the complexity of the air.
October 15 at 5 pm

- Animal Films Nature and Environment
The Institut Francophone de Formation au Cinema AniMalier de Ménigoute (IFFCAM) ​​and the University of Poitiers present a selection of films of students of the master documentary production animal, nature and environment. In the presence of the young directors and Dominique Brouard, founder of the festival of Ménigoute.
In the quiet of Jérôme Fatalot
The fish that bit the tail of Victor Jullien
The alchemists of lightby Rachel Guénon
October 15 at 4 pm

- The microbiota: our bacteria direct us?
Organized in partnership with the École de l'ADN Nouvelle-Aquitaine. Lecture by Christophe Burucoa, professor in charge of the laboratory of bacteriology and hygiene of the University Hospital of Poitiers.
October 12 at 8:30 pm

- The superpowers of the hydrogeologist. How can we see the water under our feet for better protection?
Intervention of Léna Abasq, hydrogeologist at the BRGM Poitou-Charentes.
October 14 at 2:30 pm

- When music and archeology come together!
Organized by the Rauranum Museum of Rom. The evening will alternate musical selections and mini-conferences on medicine in antiquity. The musicians will present a repertoire in connection with medicine or body, with a moment dedicated to the wandering within the sanctuary of Asclepius, god Medicine, in Epidaurus in Greece. With the participation of internationally renowned musicians Tomoko Katsura, violin;Guillaume Grosbard, cello, Claire Poillion, viola (subject) and Ludovic Malécot, archaeologist, director of the Rauranum museum (79).
October 14 at 8:30 pm

But also in other parts of the city:

Water tower of the Couronneries - rue des 2 communes in Poitiers
Visit the water tower
Organized by Grand Poitiers. On reservation at 05 49 50 33 08. Guided tours to understand the mechanism of a water tower. Minimum age 15 years - Not recommended for people who are dizzy or have heart problems.
October 14 at 2 pm, 3 pm and 4 pm

Water Pavilion - 84 rue Blaise Pascal
Journey to the heart of a drop of water
Organized by Grand Poitiers. On reservation on 05 49 50 33 08. 30 pers. maximum per visit. The Water Pavilion is a place of information and public awareness on water.You will learn the different stages of the water circuit from the river to the tap in our homes.
October 14 at 2 pm and 4 pm

University of Poitiers -   HydrASA team, laboratory IC2MP - 6 rue Michel Brunet (Bat B35), 2nd floor
What is a geoscience laboratory at the University of Poitiers?
Organized by the PhD students of the laboratory. Reservations are required on 05 49 45 37 02. Visit the laboratory and associated workshops to discover Earth Sciences research. First, a technical visit of the premises and, in a second stage, a discovery session around various workshops such as the discovery of tools used by geologists (geological maps, drilling cores ...), playful experiments (fluorescent rocks, model of hydrogeology possibly) or to wonder about the composition of mineral waters.
October 9 to 13

And more widely throughout the Greater Poitiers:

Buxerolles -   House of projects, 48 ​​avenue de la Liberté
The day of the night 2017
Organized by Grand Poitiers Urban Community in partnership with the City of Buxerolles, CPIE of Lathus, Sorégies, Espace Mendès France and Astronomie Nova. In order to sensitize the public and the public authorities on this issue, several municipalities were invited to complete or partially extinguish their public lighting on the evening of the event. Grand Poitiers invites you to come and enjoy a lively night stroll in the town of Buxerolles which will have switched off its lights on this occasion. You will be able to (re) discover the night life (its species, its noises, its starry sky ...) and the impacts of the light pollution on our environment.
October 14th from 8pm

Curzay-sur-Vonne - Stained glass museum, 6 route de Sanxay
My mosaic
Inspired by a stained glass of the museum, small and large reproduce in this workshop with pieces of glass, their DNA in a stylized way.
12 and 13 October from 2 pm to 6 pm

Stained glass from A to Z
Demonstrations of the manufacture of a leaded stained glass and of spinning by torch. The visit of the museum also allows to discover the stained glass in its historical, artistic and technical dimensions.
14 and 15 October from 2 pm to 6 pm

Discovering Stained Glass
Discover the techniques of stained glass and glass around demonstrations.
October 16 at 10 am

Dissay -   Médiathèque municipale, 101 rue du Parc
Everything is Chemistry
Exhibition organized by the Town Hall of Dissay. Presentation of a chemistry in full renewal, worrying about environment, developing materials more efficient and revealing frauds and doping. Chemistry is also a source of innovation for agriculture, housing, food ...
From October 4 to November 15

Lusignan - Place of 8 May 1945
Organized by Association Ciel Mélusin. Public observation of the sun using a telescope equipped with a solar filter.
October 14 at 10 am

Lusignan - Municipal campsite of Vauchiron, Way of the beach
The day of the night
Organized by Association Ciel Mélusin. Observation of the sky.
October 14th from 8:30 pm

Mignaloux-Beauvoir - University Botanical Garden, 443 route du Deffend
"Treasures of biodiversity"
Organized by the CRED, in partnership with the CVCU, University of Poitiers. On reservation at 05 49 36 61 30. During three orientation courses and discovery of biodiversity in the university botanical garden, students will discover the diversity of species, development cycles, interactions between species and their environments.
October 7 to 15

Montamisé - Town hall, 11 place de la Mairie
Astronomy for everyone
On reservation at 05 49 44 90 19. Observe the starry sky in broad daylight thanks to the itinerant planetarium.
October 13 at 7:30 pm

Saint-Benoît -   Market, Place du 8 Mai
Astronomical observations
Organized by the Astronomy Club of Saint-Benoît (ASLC). Observation of the Sun with different observation means: projection, telescope, telescope, telescope HAlpha.
14 October from 10 am to 1 pm, depending on the weather

Sèvres-Anxaumont - House of the Sadebrians, 15 route de Bignoux
All about the Sun
Organized by Astronomie Nova. A guided tour of our star and its influence on the Earth and the Earthmen. Astronomie Nova will propose a (re) discovery of our star and its relation with the Earth, following the thread of the exhibition "Le Soleil et nous", commented step by step.
October 13 at 8 pm

You can also find the Science Fair during the Poitiers Autumn Fair !

All the programming is free during this period, do not hesitate to consult the complete program of theScience Fair 2017 in the Vienne .

For more information, contact Espace Mendès France at
Poitiers Tourist Office
45, place Charles de Gaulle - BP 377 - 86009 Poitiers cedex
Tél. : +33(0)5 49 41 21 24 - Fax : +33(0)5 49 88 65 84 - contact us by email
From 21 September to 19 June: from Monday to Saturday from 9.30 am to 6 pm.
From 20 June to 18 September: from Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 7 pm.
Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm