Travelling Science Village in Lozère
Saturday 6 to Saturday 13 October 2018
On the initiative of the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, the 27th Science Fair will be held from Saturday 6 to Sunday 14 October 2018 in 95 towns and villages in the Occitanie/Pyrénées-Méditerranée region.
In the département of Lozère, the Science Fair will run from Saturday 6 to Saturday 13 October 2018 in the form of a travelling Science Village in Allenc, Florac, La Garde-Guérin, Hures-la-Parade, Langogne, Mende, Pied-de-Borne-les Balmelles, Le Pont-de-Montvert, St Chely d’Apcher, and St-Étienne-du-Valdonnez-Les Bondons. This year, numerous organisations from the scientific, technical and industrial spheres (associations, universities, research laboratories, etc.) will be travelling around the département to put on 58 events run by 14 project organisers, animating this tremendous meeting between the world of research and the general public. You can’t escape!
At events put on free of charge in the travelling Science Village in Lozère, the general public and school pupils are invited to discover, understand, manipulate and debate… but also to be amazed by the science and technology around us every day.
Playful and engaging encounters, workshops, walks, experiments, exhibitions, lectures and shows – all tastes and ages will be catered for.
The Science Fair is coordinated in Lozère by the Communauté d’Universités et Établissements du Languedoc-Roussillon (ComUE LR-Universités), the Montpellier Académie, Canopé Lozère and Science Animation, in partnership with Montpellier SupAgro, the University of Perpignan Via Domitia (UPVD Antenne de Mende), the University of Montpellier, Pierre and Marie Curie University, INSERM, CNRS, IRD, Ciné-Club Mendois, Mende City Council and the Département of Lozère, and in partnership with Europe through the ERDF and the Occitanie/Pyrénées-Méditerranée Region.
Science Fair: How do you fight received wisdom and old wives’ tales?
In its 27th year, the Science Fair will be out and about from 6 to 13 October 2018 in Lozère.
With a rise in climate scepticism, the challenging of certain scientific facts (debate about vaccines, etc.), the persistence of some prejudices (boys are better at science), and the spread of fake news, the 2018 Science Fair is tackling the idea of received wisdom.
How does received wisdom form? How do we get from received wisdom to the rumour mill? What’s the difference between received wisdom and fake news? How can science help individuals to confirm or take apart received wisdom? Why is it more valid than belief?
The 2018 Science Fair has two aims: to contribute to public debate and develop critical thinking, particularly in young people, so that they can deal with misinformation and fake news, understand that not all content has the same value, and distinguish between emotional reactions and properly constructed arguments.
Behind received wisdom lurk the issues of looking at information in perspective, discerning between belief and knowledge, and being able to question one’s own reasoning. With a method to address these issues: taking a scientific approach.
Alain JACQUET, Teacher responsible for Culture at DSDEN in Lozère and the DAAC of the Montpellier Rectorat
David QUILES, Director of the Canopé de Mende workshop
Elena VALLEJO, Project Manager, ComUE LR-Universités