The BRGM open day during the annual Science Festival (Orléans, Centre-Val de Loire, 2017). © BRGM - Aurore Lhomme

2020 Festival of Science

From 2 to 12 October 2020, BRGM, France's geological survey organisation, will be taking part in the 29th Fête de la Science, centred around a virtual programme aimed at the general public.

The Fête de la Science, France's festival of science organised each year on the initiative of the Ministry for Higher Education, Research and Innovation, is a nationwide event for sharing scientific work with the public. It is an opportunity for everyone to find out about scientists' work, technological developments and careers in research, and to talk to people who are involved in science on a daily basis.

BRGM, France's geological survey, will be taking part in the 29th edition of the festival from 2 to 12 October 2020.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Fête de la Science has been transformed, with its central component for the very first time being a virtual programme specially designed for the general public.

Science en Direct, don't miss the daily webcast!

For its 29th edition, the Fête de la Science is inviting itself into your home, with a daily live show called Science en Direct ("Live Science"), which will feature researchers from leading French research institutions and organisations who will be talking about their work.

For the very first time, this interactive 90-minute webcast for all the family will introduce you to the most exciting research carried out by French teams around the world as they strive to understand, innovate and protect our planet.

Hosted by Fred Courant and the journalists from L'Esprit Sorcier, this programme offers a real Tour de France of research – both in metropolitan France and the overseas territories – with many live link-ups from laboratories and exotic field locations. Oceans, forests, the animal world, health, space... each show will explore a new domain from which scientists draw inspiration and seek to serve "Planet Nature".

Its interactive format will allow the audience to participate live with our guests and ask them questions. The show will also showcase the many events being organised in every region for the festival of science. These ten webcasts, designed to make science accessible to as many people as possible, stimulate their curiosity and provide inspiration for future careers, promise to be full of surprises and excitement.

Every day from 5:30 to 7pm, from 2 to 11 October

Science en Direct will be on every day from 5:30 pm to 7 pm, from 2 to 11 October. The programme will be streamed live on the event website and the platform, as well as on the sites of partner institutions and research organisations: ANR, BRGM, CEA, CNES, CNRS, IFPEN, Ifremer, IGN, INED, INRAE, INRIA, Inserm, IRD and IRSN, with the support of CASDEN, EDF and the city of Paris.

BRGM's involvement

  • Wednesday, 7 October 2020 - La Métamorphose de la Ville ("Metamorphosis of the City") webcast: True/False, live link-up with Nicolas Charles - QUIZ: The Paris geological metronome
  • Saturday, 10 October 2020 - L'Avenir Fertile des Sols ("The fertile future of soils") webcast:
    • Live link-up with Didier Bonijoly - How can we combat climate change by capturing CO2?
    • True/False, live link-up with Géraldine Picot - QUIZ: How can we preserve our water resources?
  • Sunday, 11 October 2020 - L'Océan sous Haute Pression ("The ocean under high pressure") webcast:
    • Guest of the day: Gonéri Le Cozannet - The effects of sea-level rise on coastal erosion and flooding
    • Live link-up with Isabelle Thinon (BRGM) and Emmanuel Rinnert (Ifremer) - Underwater volcano and earthquakes

Gonéri Le Cozannet, BRGM ambassador

Gonéri Le Cozannet, an engineer by training with a PhD in geography, has been working at BRGM since 2006, in the "Coastal risks and climate change" unit of the Risks and Prevention Division. His research focuses on the effects of sea-level rise on coastal erosion and flooding. He is currently coordinating the INSeaPTION research project to develop climate services for adapting to rising sea levels. He is the author or co-author of some 30 public reports and around 50 publications in peer-reviewed journals, and is currently contributing to the Sixth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on impacts, adaptation and vulnerability to climate change in Europe and the Mediterranean, due to be published in 2021.

Rising sea levels and coastal flooding

Previously, as part of the 26th edition of the Fête de la Science, BRGM took part in Science en Direct, a major festive and educational weekend organised by L'Esprit Sorcier in partnership with 16 leading French research organisations: "Climate change - Rising sea level and coastal flooding", a presentation by Gonéri Le Cozannet (BRGM) (Paris, 7 October 2017).

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