Le Parvis des sciences (Grenoble Science Fair)

Every year during France’s national science week, the esplanade in front of MINATEC (MINATEC’s research addresses vital issues in the fields of healthcare, energy, and communication in order to find solutions to the unprecedented economic, technological, and environmental challenges facing modern society) is transformed for the “Parvis des Sciences” (Grenoble Science Fair). There are exhibits for visitors of all ages, made possible by scientists and students from

1- Grenoble Institute of Technology labs

  • CIME Nanotech: a joint center for education and research in microelectronics and nanotechnologies,
  • LMGP Laboratoire des Matériaux et du Génie Physique
  • IMEP-LAHC, Institut de Microélectronique Electromagnétisme Photonique and LAboratoire d’Hyperfréquences et de Caractérisation
  • GSCOP, Sciences pour la conception, l’Optimisation et la Production
  • G2ELab Grenoble Electrical Engineering

2- Science schools

  • INP Phelma: School of engineering in Physics, Applied Physics, Electronics & Materials
  • ENSE3: Ecole Nationale Supérieure de l’Energie, l’Eau et l’Environnement

 3- CEA labs

  • CEA Tech: Speeding innovation for industry
  • IRIG: Interdisciplinary Research Institute of Grenoble

4- the large scientific instruments

  • ESRF: The European Synchrotron Radiation Facility 
  •  EMBL: Structural Biology research, instrumentation development and services
  •  ILL: The Institut Laue-Langevin, The world’s leading facility in neutron science & technology

5- Science education outreach providers, research projects, and local industrial companies.

The fun, hands-on activities are designed to illustrate “how stuff works” and explain the research being conducted by all stakeholders on the GIANT (Grenoble Innovation for Advanced New Technologies) campus.

The topics covered include nanotechnology, chemistry, microelectronics, energy, biology, robotics, and more. Every year, more than 40 activities are spread out over three days to the delight of the more than 3,500 visitors from across the Greater Grenoble area.

The first two days of the fair are reserved for local school groups; the third day is open to the general public (free of charge, registration not required).