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European Researchers' Night in Annecy

Come and meet researchers at Turbine Sciences on September 29!

Away from the institutional framework of the university and its research laboratories, come and meet the researchers! It's a unique opportunity to talk with scientists from all disciplines, on the theme: "Space: a fabulous adventure?

Are you fascinated by the universe and galaxies? Are you curious about the consequences of space travel? The Turbine sciences, in collaboration with Annecy's media libraries, invites you to discover all aspects of space exploration. Researchers take off their lab coats and come and meet the public. An evening to exchange ideas, learn and debate about space, its exploration and exploitation.

The program

4:00 pm - Opening of the exhibition "En avant... Mars!

Take part in the ribbon-cutting for the Turbine sciences' new exhibition and the opening of the new season!

4:30 pm - Meet the author - Médiathèque La Turbine Espace Adulte

Annecy's media libraries invite you to an author talk on the theme of science fiction. With Sylvie Poulain, author.

Sylvie Poulain is a science fiction and fantasy author. She began her career in naval aviation before turning to writing. Her first novel, Ce qui naît des abysses, was published on February 1, 2023 by Bragelonne, and is the 1e tome of the science-fiction dyptic Confluence, inspired by his love of the ocean.

From 6 p.m. - Mini-conferences open to all

To find out more about the content of the conferences, scroll down the program below.

Mars: the final frontier?
At 6:00 pm
Debate moderated by Luca Montabone (Paneureka, Le Bourget-du-Lac), PhD in geophysics and Mars meteorology researcher.

Will Mars be mankind's final frontier after the Moon? An interactive conference on the reasons why mankind wants to go to the Red Planet. Scientific reasons, of course, but also linked to the future of our civilization, planet Earth and the geopolitical context.

After a degree in physics at the University of Turin and a doctorate in geophysics at the University of Genoa, he pursued his research in the UK, France, the USA and the United Arab Emirates. For over twenty years, he has focused on the study of climate and weather on Mars, in particular dust storms, eddies and their relationship with the general circulation of the atmosphere. He currently works at the Technopôle "Savoie-Technolac" in Le Bourget du Lac, where he founded his own company (Paneureka), which combines research, academics and popularization of planetary sciences.

On Mars, but with what muscles?
6:45pm
By Mathias Velarde, PhD student in biology at LIBM (Laboratoire Interuniversitaire de Biologie de la Motricité), Université Jean Monnet Saint-Etienne.

Having trouble getting up in the morning? Earth's gravity is to blame! Every day, we struggle against gravity to stand or even sit upright. Astronauts, however, are in a weightless environment and no longer make this essential effort. So what happens to their muscles? Will our astronauts still be able to stand up on Mars?

Mathias Velarde, research fellow at the Interuniversity Laboratory of Motor Biology (LIBM) in Saint Etienne. He works in close collaboration with the Centre National d'Etude Spatial (CNES). He specializes in the adaptation of skeletal muscle tissue to microgravity.

Space and the law: a new Far West?
At 7:30pm
By Jean-Marie de Poulpiquet, lawyer and doctor of space law, Annecy.

The ultra-rich are taking part in an increasingly frantic race to conquer space. Does this money give them full power? Should there be limits?

Jean-Marie de Poulpiquet is currently a lawyer at the Annecy bar. In 2018, he obtained a doctorate in space law from the University of Toulouse, defending a thesis on satellite registration. He is the author of several publications on space law and the role of law in a globalized world.

Mars and its canals: science or fiction?
8:15pm
By Richard Taillet, teacher-researcher in particle astrophysics at the Annecy-le-Vieux Laboratory of Theoretical Physics (LAPTh)

For several years in the 19th century, astronomical observations suggested that the surface of Mars was home to structures built by intelligent beings. This episode in the history of science takes us back to the way in which the question of life on Mars, and elsewhere, was considered.

Richard Taillet is a lecturer in physics atUniversité Savoie Mont Blanc and carries out his research in particle astrophysics at the Theoretical Physics Laboratory, where he works mainly on the Dark Matter problem. He is also involved in numerous activities to disseminate knowledge, both at university level and to the general public. Several times a year, he gives lectures on different areas of physics to a variety of audiences in France and abroad.

Newspacespace exploration and debris
At 9:00 pm
By Mathieu Barthélémy, teacher-researcher in astrophysics at IPAG, Université Grenoble Alpes.

Newspace is a new way of thinking about space: faster, lighter. While this has many advantages, the proliferation of launches poses major pollution problems. What are the associated risks? And how can we take these issues into account?

Mathieu Barthélémy is currently a professor in the IPAG laboratory at Grenoble Alpes University. A specialist in space meteorology and auroras, he is scientific manager of several cubesat missions and ground-based instruments, including AMICal Sat. He is co-founder and deputy director of the Centre Spatial Universitaire de Grenoble (CSUG).

Living in weightlessness is not without gravity!
At 9:45pm
By Alain Guignandon, teacher-researcher in biology at LBTO, Université Jean Monnet Saint-Etienne.

According to science-fiction stories, space is a source of life: aging slows down! The reality is quite different: the longer our astronauts spend in space, the more their health deteriorates. Why is a gravity-free environment so hostile to our bodies? How can what we learn up there be useful on Earth?

Alain Guignandon is Senior Lecturer in Cell Biology at Jean Monnet University, Saint-Etienne, and a member of the Santé Ingénierie Biologie laboratory's Osteoarticular Biology team (LBTO). Specializing in the study of cell/tissue sensitivity to mechanical stress (exercise), he has been working for many years on bone adaptation during space flight. In space, the absence of constraints leads to numerous osteoarticular complications, among others, but offers an ideal setting for testing "mechanomimetic" drugs useful on earth in situations of disability, trauma and aging.

Is there a Planet B for the future of humanity?
At 10:30pm
By Fabien Malbet, CNRS researcher in Astronomy and Astrophysics at IPAG, Grenoble Alpes University.

Since 1995, more than 5,000 planets have been detected around other stars. Astronomers can now say that there is at least one planet around every star in our galaxies, some of them capable of harboring water. This raises the question of the probability of extraterrestrial life, but also the possibility of hosting terrestrial life forms. Should we believe in a Planet B for the future of humanity?

Fabien Malbet is Director of Research at IPAG (UGA/CNRS) in astrophysics and Deputy Director of the Observatoire des Sciences de l'Univers de Grenoble (OSUG) in charge of data. His research focuses on the physics of young stellar objects, extrasolar planetary systems and high angular resolution instrumentation. In particular, he has contributed to the detection and mapping of protoplanetary disks around young stars. He was also scientific manager of an interferometric instrument in Chile. His current research focuses on high-precision astrometry for the study of extrasolar systems close to our solar system, and astronomical detectors.

Throughout the evening

The curio lounge

Are you afraid to ask the researchers a question, or are you curious about what they'll be talking about? Meet them, before or after their public exchange, in all simplicity.

What's going on in your head?

The A Seconde Vue association invites you to play with your brain. Puzzles, experiments, illusions and other activities to amaze and understand a little better how the human mind works, and to develop critical thinking skills.

Visit to the exhibition "En avant...Mars!

Set off on an astonishing imaginary journey to Mars, in an immersive scenography where manipulations and games have their place. Spend some time with our mediators, and feel free to chat with them.

Corner UNITA

Discover UNITA, an alliance of six European universities, includingUniversité Savoie Mont Blanc. Launched in November 2020, this network promotes a new form of cooperation on a European scale. With UNITA, Europe invites itself into our territories.

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