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The Sorbonne University Science and Culture Festival

Four days of science and culture in Paris.

More than 90 events will take place at five locations around Paris for Sorbonne University's inaugural Science and Culture Festival. The four-day event will include meetings, experiments, exhibitions, walking tours on specific themes, artistic performances, concerts, dances and games, including approximately 20 events programmed by the universities of Heidelberg, Milan, Warsaw and Prague. 

The events that make up the Science and Culture Festival are designed and run by the scientific and administrative staff and students of Sorbonne University, the Sorbonne University Alliance, and 4EU+ (*).

From Thursday 25th to Sunday 28th November 2021

The guiding theme of the festival, "Let’s imagine the future!" is broken up into three general topics to explore the numerous challenges and social upheavals experienced in today’s world:

  • Nature: what does the future look like for humanity? Building new relationships and a new "contract" between humans and their environment.
  • The human being of tomorrow: augmented, assisted, modified, shaken up? From evolution to repair.
  • Art, culture and heritage: what roles are involved in societal transition? Creating in the world of tomorrow.

>> Discover the events in English << or scroll down for the full program (in French)

With the goal of sharing Sorbonne University’s expertise, initiatives and achievements with every sector of society, The Science and Culture Festival was conceived within the framework of the Sorbonne University Alliance and the 4EU+ European Alliance.

The Sorbonne University Science and Culture Festival’s goal is to enable the public to discover the progress made in various areas of research. Using an interactive approach, the Festival will highlight how research has been targeted to respond to contemporary societal issues. issues.

Members of the Sorbonne University Alliance and 4EU+

(*) The Sorbonne University Alliance: Sorbonne University, The National Museum of Natural History (MNHN), INSEAD, The Technology University of Compiègne (UTC), The Paris Boulogne-Billancourt Higher Education Center for the Arts (PSPBB), The International Center for Educational Studies (CIEP).

The European University Alliance 4EU+: Sorbonne University, Charles University of Prague (Czech Republic), University of Heidelberg (Germany), University of Warsaw (Poland), University of Milan (Italy), University of Copenhagen (Denmark).

Sorbonne University Science and Culture Festival partners

The partners of the Science and Culture Festival are the Île-de-France Region, the City of Paris, the Théâtre de la Ville and, as a media partner, The Conversation.

Events in English

Friday 26 November

  • Test your mind - University of Milan

What environmental factors affect cerebral functions and cognitive capacities? Learn to prevent and repair.

Hall des amphis, 12pm-6pm, amphi F 12.30pm-3pm and room H 3.30pm-6pm

Saturday 27 November

  • Beautiful minds in beautiful places - University of Milan

Discover the importance of cultural heritage by visiting the virtual museum dedicated to the exceptional heritage of the University of Milan.

Amphi Descartes, 10.30am-11am. Registration required. 

  • From the past to the future - University of Milan; Sorbonne University

Set off to explore two Egyptian archaeological sites that prove that knowledge of the past is essential for the present.

Amphi Roussy, 4.30pm-6.30pm. Registration required. 

  • Narrating the past, imagining the future: Holocaust survivors' testimonies English - Charles University, Prague 

The accounts of Holocaust survivors show a hope that we can learn from these tragedies and ask questions about the future of society.

Amphi Pasquier, 3.30pm-5.30pm.  Registration required. 

  • Women in the west - University of Milan; Sorbonne University

Discuss the challenges that face women from minority groups in Western multicultural society.

Amphi Farabeuf, 2.30pm-4.30pm.  Registration required. 


Sunday 28 November

  • Forest open day - University of Milan

Take part in the debate on relations between mankind and ecosystems.

Amphi 15, 2.30pm-4pm

  • The world climate simulation game - University of Milan

Take part in international negotiations on climate change and think up policies to reduce mankind’s carbon footprint.

Salle 251, 11am-1pm. From 14 years upwards. Registration required. 

  • An immersive and virtual trip on melting alpine glaciers - University of Milan

Go on a virtual trip of discovery to the largest glacier in Italy and find out about the impacts that climate change has had on it.

Atrium, 11am-6pm

  • The unsustainable lightness of sustainability - University of Milan

Discover how chemistry plays an essential role in protecting the environment and safeguarding human health.

Atrium, 11am-6pm

  • How can we recycle CO2? - Sorbonne University, PIONEER European Project           

Think up new energy sources based on the recycling of CO2 using catalysis and plasma.

Salle polyvalente, 3.45pm-4.45pm. Registration required. 

  • You are needed in this world: bringing your deepest dreams into life - University of Warsaw

How can we give meaning to our internal world with all the different facets of the self?

Espace EDAC, 2.30pm-5.30pm. Registration required.                                                                                               

  • Rethinking the Human-Nature Divide in Annihilation - University of Warsaw

Starting with a screening of the film Annihilation (Alex Garland, 2018), exchange views on the relationship between mankind and nature and ways to preserve the environment.

Amphi 24, 2pm-6pm. Registration required. 

  • Virtually, I'm fine - University of Milan

Deep VR is an underwater virtual environment specifically designed to ease anxiety and help users regain a state of inner calm. What role does virtual reality play in the future of psychotherapy? 

Online, 3pm-4.30pm. Registration required.