Scientific culture

Aix-Marseille University strives to make all the scientific knowledge produced within it accessible to all and to develop the taste of the youngest for science. Thanks to its scientific culture programming, designed and implemented by the AMU scientific culture cell (CST cell), it allows everyone to discover, understand and experiment with research. The university also relies on scientific culture initiatives led by Amidex, the components and laboratories.

More than 25,000 people participate each year in meetings between university researchers and the public in the form of workshops or events, on and off campus. Among them, more than 2000 students are initiated to research at the Ateliers d'AMU, a university science centre located in the heart of the St-Charles campus in Marseille.

The process

> Researchers in the city

The university relies on the active participation of Aix-Marseille University's research staff who wish to get involved in the dissemination of scientific culture and meet audiences. It works in particular with doctoral students who have a complementary mission to disseminate scientific information. In total, more than 500 researchers are involved each year in the university's scientific culture activities.

> Training, the heart of the system

The training of researchers to meet the public is a key element of the CST unit. Researchers and doctoral students benefit from individual support or training prior to the events in which they participate. They can then get involved with other actors to spread scientific culture in the region and forge new partnerships. The CST unit has also developed the engineering of several training courses (Experimentarium, continuing training for researchers in partnership with the CNRS) and preparations for competitions (Ma Thèse en 180 secondes, Women Innovation Awards).

Equal opportunities > Equal opportunities

The university is part of an approach to promote equal opportunities. Its actions are carried out throughout the university's territory and in particular in places where access to research and its actors is difficult. It also forges privileged partnerships with schools far from major cities or enrolled in the REP+ scheme, particularly through the ministerial Cordées de la réussite scheme. The university also ensures that diversity is represented among the researchers involved in these events.

> Network of scientific culture referees

In order to coordinate, enhance and co-construct these knowledge-sharing actions for the greatest number of people, the CST cell has set up a committee of scientific culture referees whose reflection feeds the university's knowledge-sharing action. This committee is composed of about 70 members, researchers, teacher-researchers and communication officers.

> Regional and national partnerships

The CST cell promotes Aix-Marseille University's strategy in the field of scientific culture through partnerships with other research organisations in the region, within the "Culture Science PACA" regional network, within the framework of national (Programme d'Investissements d'Avenir Experimentarium) and European (H2020-Nuit européenne des chercheurs) partnerships, and finally as Vice-President of the National Association of the World of Scientific, Technical and Industrial Culture (Amcsti).

Research programs > Research programs

The actions of the CST unit are the subject of studies and observations carried out by actors in the world of research. The learning, development, evaluation and training laboratory (ADEF)the Mediterranean Sociology Laboratory (LAMES) and the Office for Museum Cooperation and Information (OCIM) are conducting or have published work on several themes: building a scientific culture among the public, impact and reception of actions by the public, engagement of researchers in scientific culture, etc.

Tool production > Tool production

Aix-Marseille University produces and makes available to everyone a set of resources that can be used independently to bring research directly into the home or to go further on certain subjects. Videos, educational kits, exhibitions, portraits of researchers, etc. are available for consultation and borrowing by all.

Contact information

Scientific Culture Cell
3 place Victor Hugo, 13003 Marseille
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