science day

Science Day

From October 7 to 17, 2022: come and meet the researchers of the USMB!

Manipulate, test, take part in laboratory visits, talk to researchers, discover research jobs and stimulate your taste for science! The Fête de la Science consists of thousands of free activities throughout France. On this occasion, science takes over public places and researchers come to meet you.

This year, the Fête de la science has chosen to bring together all lovers of knowledge around an issue that is central to the concerns of citizens and public authorities: climate change.

The animations will take place subject to the sanitary conditions related to the epidemic of the Coronovirus (COVID-19) and in respect of the safety instructions in force in the place hosting the event. 

On the agenda


Monday, October 10, 2022 - 2pm - Unusual visit - Lake Aiguebelette

The truth is in the lake: participating in a sediment sampling at Lake Aiguebelette
By Fabien Arnaud and Erwan Messager, CNRS researchers at the Laboratoire Environnements, Dynamiques et Territoires de Montagne (EDYTEM)

Aboard boats, discover with scientists how to "make the sediments taken from the bottom of Lake Aiguebelette speak". Lake cores are natural archives; they tell us what the environment looked like a few million years ago, but also the past history of the climate, of human occupation... The scientists present will do a reading of the landscape and a lake sediment core. The boats will be a small catamaran on a base of 2 dugouts (4+4 pers) and a Canadian canoe (4 pers). Visit on registration, by clicking here.

This visit takes place within the framework of the science festival, but also of the operation "Unusual visits of the CNRS" which takes place in the whole France.

Tuesday, October 11, 2022 - 18h - Conference - Presidency of theUniversité Savoie Mont Blanc, Chambéry

Mineral resources in transition: between crisis and sustainability
By Marie Forget and Magali Rossi, lecturers at the Laboratoire Environnements, Dynamiques et Territoires de Montagne (EDYTEM)

The production of mineral raw materials is growing exponentially to meet the needs and economic development of a growing world population. In a world in transition, needs are changing, both in terms of the nature of the raw materials required and in terms of quantity. The countries that produce these materials (Southern countries) are often not those that consume the final products (Northern countries). Thus, the territories of exploitation bear the environmental and social impacts while putting extractive activities and local populations in competition for access to fundamental resources such as water or access to land. It is therefore necessary to rethink the governance and sustainability of extractive activities at all scales, from the mining territory to the global scale.


From 15 years old.

This conference is part of the 2022-2023 Amphitheatre for All season.

Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 October - Village des Sciences - from 10am to 12:30pm and from 2pm to 6pm - Le manège, Chambéry

How can our buildings adapt to the climate transition?
By the Laboratoire prOCédés énergIe bâtimEnt (LOCIE)

In a context of climate transition, we must implement measures to reduce our needs, to make energy systems more efficient, and to use more renewable energy: discover the latest innovations in the field of building and renewable energy!


Human - Machine Interface: control of a robot by muscle contraction.
By the Laboratory of Motor Biology (LIBM)

How does muscle contraction work?
Different organs are involved in this neuromuscular action. To demonstrate this function, we will propose to control a robot by the electrical activity of your muscle or your brain.

FUTOURISM, the future of tourism in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes

By Pascale Balland, in charge of Scientific and Technical Culture

Exploring the future of tourism in the Auvergne Rhône-Alpes region in 2050!

Come and discover the tourist guide elaborated by Master students of the region, webdocumentaries on university research, a quiz, exchanges with researchers...

Sunday, October 16 - from 5 to 5:45 p.m. - Conference - Village des Sciences - Le Manège - Chambéry

To live well with global warming, one solution: air conditioning?
By Nolwenn Le Pierrès, university professor at the Laboratoire prOCédés énergIe bâtimEnt (LOCIE)

In a context of global warming, a technical solution can ensure our comfort inside buildings: air conditioning. This machine, whose investment cost is now reasonable, allows us to control indoor conditions: how does it work? What are its performances, its advantages and disadvantages? Is it the right solution to climate change?


Friday,October 7, 2022 - Conference/Debate Inaugural Evening - Annecy Campus - from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Conference/debate on hydrogen

Great hopes are pinned on the generation, storage and use of hydrogen to produce energy. Hydrogen could be the missing link in the renewable energy economy. This is a matter of debate, however, because we sometimes only have a partial view of reality. For example, if we only look at the emissions of a hydrogen vehicle, we could easily convince ourselves that this is THE process to adopt for the future. The reality is a bit more complex if we look at the complete cycle of production and use of hydrogen. Hydrogen is therefore currently at the center of attention and at the heart of a social debate. While it is easy to be enthusiastic about this process, various detractors are pointing the finger at the hidden effects of using hydrogen as a means of combating greenhouse gases.

How can we form an opinion? This lecture first briefly discusses the basics of scientific analysis and then focuses on a concrete example of hydrogen use in the heavy industry sector. Hydrogen is not only used as a substitute for fossil fuels in transportation.

In 2016, SSAB, LKAB and Vattenfall joined forces to create HYBRIT - a joint venture project that strives to revolutionize steel manufacturing. Steel production alone is estimated to be responsible for 5% of the world's carbon dioxide emissions. HYBRIT aims to replace coking coal, traditionally needed in ore-based steelmaking, with hydrogen. It will be the world's first fossil-free steelmaking technology with a near-zero carbon footprint. HYBRIT's success means that it will be possible to reduce Sweden'sCO2 emissions by 10% and Finland's by 7%.
Thomas Müller, head of product development at SSAB, will travel from Sweden to give us an unprecedented presentation of this technology and the benefits it can bring. A testimonial by an actor at the heart of the issue that will allow us to increase our knowledge of the benefits of hydrogen and therefore to objectively evaluate the interest of developing technologies based on its use.

Where ? Polytech Annecy Chambéry engineering school, 5 chemin de Bellevue / Amphi B14 accessible from the main entrance of the school.

Who is it?

  • Laurent Tabourot, teacher-researcher at the USMB
  • Thomas Müller, Product Development Manager, SSAB

Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 October 2022 - Village des Sciences - Campus d'Annecy -

The science village, as every year, will include various demonstrations and conferences from Saturday to Sunday evening. The village under the sign of the energy transition will open its doors with an introductory conference on hydrogen. Various demonstrations, 3D printing, vacuum manipulation, will be offered to visitors on Saturday and Sunday.

Animation "the emotion of discovery

By the troop "les petits Escholiers

The troop "Les petits Escholiers" will do an animation entitled "the emotion of discovery" around the theme of this year's science festival.

Pepper animation and discovery game

You will be welcomed by the students of the engineering school Polytech Annecy Chambéry and the teachers-researchers of the site and... their robots which will accompany you on the various stands.

Avalanche risk management: from the triggering mechanism to route choices

By Frédéric Pourraz, from the Computer Science, Systems, Information and Knowledge Processing Laboratory (LISTIC)

You practice ski touring, off-piste skiing, snowshoeing, or you are simply curious! Come and discover the CRISTAL approach ...

Thanks to videos of snow tests, you will discover the notions of "fragile layer", "rupture initiation", "disintegration", "propagation", at the origin of the triggering of the plates. You will understand which are the most important parameters to take into account in avalanche risk management.

You will also discover the SYNTHESIS tool: an innovative tool to facilitate the implementation of this risk management approach.

Be curious! Winter is coming !

Sandbox 4.0

By Laurent Tabourot, from SYstème et Matériaux pour la MÉcatronique (SYMME)

Come and play with our 4.0 sandbox. How does augmented reality work? With an augmented reality sandbox, you can create lakes and rivers while raising awareness of new technologies. This instrumented sandbox will allow young and old to find themselves immersed in a very playful but also very instructive universe.

Explainable Artificial Intelligence (AI) for Earth observation by satellite images

By Nicolas Méger of the Computer Science, Systems, Information and Knowledge Processing Laboratory (LISTIC)

Nowadays, the 24-hour observation of the Earth with dedicated satellites generates voluminous data with rich information content. New AI methods (XAI - eXplainable AI) allowing to exploit these data by combining performance and explicability of results will be presented.

FUTOURISM, the future of tourism in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes

By Pascale Balland, in charge of Scientific and Technical Culture

Exploring the future of tourism in the Auvergne Rhône-Alpes region in 2050!

Come and discover the tourist guide elaborated by Master students of the region, webdocumentaries on university research, a quiz, exchanges with researchers...

All the stands will be presented on the website of the Science Festival (link to come). You will also find all the updated information about the 2022 Science Village, especially in case of cancellations due to health restrictions.

Thursday, October 13, 2022 - Show - Cafeteria IUT, Annecy campus - 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

The Neutrino Passoire
A dance and particle physics show by the Berdahi association and researchers Iro Koletsou and Laura Zambelli from the Annecy Laboratory of Particle Physics.

from 18 years old

"The Neutrino Passoire" is a project of art and science, dance and physics, which wishes to tell a scientific discovery, while presenting it with familiar terms and images to make it accessible. On stage, three dancers: one tells the story with her voice, the two others with their movements.

Representing matter and more particularly human bodies as sieves, constantly crossed by neutrinos, the show questions the limits we create with the outside world. Is this limit our skin? Neutrinos are the pretext to question the notion of borders - of all kinds.

Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 October 2022 - Exhibition and workshops - Bonlieu Exhibition Forum, Annecy - 1pm to 6pm

Scientists' words
Workshops and open discussions with LAPP scientists in the middle of the exhibition "The Sketchbook and the Collider"
by artist Ian Andrews

What science lies behind the work of artist Ian Andrews? Where is it practiced? During the whole weekend, the LAPP scientists will be present in the exhibition of the Espace Bonlieu to exchange with the greatest number of people! Free entrance, activities and explanations adapted to all ages.

Find out more about the exhibition and the activities organized during the Fête de la Science.

The objectives of the science festival

Every year, the Fête de la Science provides an opportunity to discover, understand, experiment, and debate the relationship between science and society, to explore the technologies of today and tomorrow, and to bring science closer to citizens. The Fête de la Science combines science and culture in an attractive way, allowing visitors to discover the extraordinary wealth of scientific disciplines and illustrating the major contributions of science to society and its new challenges.

Researchers fromuniversité Savoie Mont Blanc share and exchange with the public

Foruniversité Savoie Mont Blanc, the Fête de la Science is an opportunity to raise awareness of its research areas and its role in society. The meeting with high school students also allows us to raise awareness among young people and to develop an interest in science in general and in scientific studies and careers.

Every year, the university's staff, teachers, researchers and professors enthusiastically invest in sharing their passion for science with the general public.
For the 2022 edition, theIUT of Annecy, Polytech Annecy-Chambéry and 4 laboratories of theUniversité Savoie Mont Blanc invite you in Savoie and Haute-Savoie within the framework of the actions deployed in collaboration with the Turbine sciences (Haute-Savoie) and the Galerie Eurêka (Savoie):

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