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National Science Fair 2019: Centrale Nantes Open Day and Science Village

Centrale Nantes is hosting a Science Village at the beginning of October and opening its doors to the public.

Centrale Nantes

From October 4, 2019 to October 5, 2019 All day

Centrale Nantes has been opening its doors to the public for over ten years now within the framework of the National Science Fair. The 2019 edition will be special: the school is celebrating its centenary this year and to mark the occasion the Centrale Nantes campus will play host to a Science Village on Friday 4 and Saturday 5 October 2019.

Centrale Nantes Science Village 2019

Science comes alive in the Pays de la Loire and all over France, for children as well as adults from Friday 4th to Sunday 13th October. Come along and enjoy - free of charge - the various events, visits, and conferences organised by scientists and science enthusiasts at Centrale Nantes:

  • Friday 4 October for school groups [REGISTER HERE]
  • Saturday 5 October for the general public
A great opportunity to discover an engineering school, its campus, its research and experimental facilities and its teaching buildings and, more generally, the science village with nearly 50 points of interest to discover.

What is a Science Village?

A science village brings together in one place, different spaces dedicated to science. Simple and more spectacular experiments complement exhibitions, conferences, shows, screenings, etc. Visit the stands, to experiment, test, discuss and ask the researchers present your questions.

A taste of what's on the programme:

  • spider mechanics: about twenty middle school pupils from the digital creation club at Hector Berlioz Collège present their achievements: the robot built for the junior eurobot trophy (which you can operate), the dog robot, the battle robot etc.
  • Centrale Nantes research facilities: ocean test tanks, robotics platform, crash test, composites platform etc.
  • Bacteria in our food and our kitchens: get to know the little creatures that populate our food and our kitchens: bacteria. Some are rather nice while others leave us with very bad memories. Researchers at the UMR Inra-Oniris SECALIM will introduce them to you in an entertaining way: observations under the microscope, demonstrations, simulations of bacterial growth, little experiments etc.
  • Once upon a time there was chemistry: From the discovery of fire to the advent of plastic, the history of humanity is closely linked to that of chemistry. The CEISAM (University of Nantes - CNRS) gives you the opportunity to reproduce some of the most significant experiments hailed as turning points in the history of chemistry and science in general.
  • Health'Scape game: looking for the lost vaccine: A virus is spreading rapidly on all continents; it is impossible to stop. All hopes are pinned on Professor Don Van Aschel, known for his work on immunization. The professor is thought to have found the vaccine formula before mysteriously disappearing  .... You have 30 minutes to follow the trail left by Don Van Aschel and find the lost vaccine.
  • more activities to discover on site ...

A question to ask? Contact us: vds2019@ec-nantes.fr


Centrale Nantes Open Day

Saturday 5 October is the opportunity for high school students to meet our faculty and engineering students, and attend a careers forum. Presentations will be given on the different courses, options, double degrees at home and abroad.

Published on September 11, 2019 Updated on September 17, 2019