Aix-Marseille University strives to make the scientific knowledge produced within its walls accessible to all and to develop the youngest's taste for science. Thanks to its scientific culture programme, devised and implemented by the scientific culture unit of the Research and Development Department (CST unit), it enables everyone to discover, understand and experiment with research. The university also relies on scientific culture initiatives carried out by Amidex, the components and the laboratories.
More than 25,000 people participate each year in meetings between university researchers and the public in the form of workshops or events, both on and off campus. Among them, more than 2,000 students are introduced to research at the Ateliers d'AMU, a university science centre located in the heart of the St-Charles campus in Marseille.
> Researchers in the city
The university relies on the active participation of Aix-Marseille University research staff who wish to get involved in the dissemination of scientific culture and meet the public. In particular, it works 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 with the public is a structuring aspect 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 players to sow the scientific culture in the region and establish new partnerships. The CST unit has also developed the engineering of several training courses (Experimentarium, continuing education for researchers in partnership with the CNRS) and preparations for competitions (My Thesis in 180 seconds, Women Innovation Awards).
> Equal opportunities
The university is part of a process of promoting equal opportunities. Its actions are spread throughout the university's territory and particularly in places where access to research and its actors is difficult. It also forges special partnerships with educational institutions located far from major cities or enrolled in the REP+ system, notably through the ministerial Cordées de la réussite system. The university also ensures the representation of diversity among the researchers involved in these events.
> Network of scientific culture referents
In order to coordinate, enhance and co-construct these knowledge-sharing actions for the greatest number of people, the CST unit has set up a committee of scientific culture referents whose work feeds into the university's knowledge-sharing actions. This committee is made up of about 70 members, researchers, teacher-researchers and communication officers.
> Regional and national partnerships
The CST unit gives resonance to Aix-Marseille University's strategy in terms of scientific culture through partnerships with other research organisations in the area, within the regional "Culture Science PACA" network, within the framework of national (Programme d'Investissements d'Avenir Experimentarium) and European partnerships (H2020-Nuit européenne des chercheurs), and finally as vice-president of the National Association of Scientific, Technical and Industrial Cultures(Amcsti).
> Research programs
The actions of the CST unit are the subject of studies and observations carried out by players in the research world. The Learning, Development, Evaluation, Training Laboratory (ADEF)the Mediterranean Sociology Laboratory (BLADES) and the Office of Museum Cooperation and Information (OCIM) are carrying out or have published work on several themes: construction of a scientific culture among the public, impact and reception of actions by the public, commitment of researchers in scientific culture, etc.
> Tool production
Aix-Marseille University produces and makes available to all a set of resources that can be used independently to bring research directly into the home or to go further on certain subjects. Videos, teaching kits, exhibitions, portraits of researchers, etc. can be consulted and borrowed by all.