ANSES celebrates science!
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News of 06/10/2011
6 October 2011
To mark the Fête de la Science from 12 to 16 October, three of the laboratories of the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety are offering the general public a chance to discover the diversity of their work and share in the daily routine of their animal health researchers over this period.
An introduction to analysis and diagnosis at the Ploufragan-Plouzané Laboratory, Côtes d'Armor
The Ploufragan ISPAI zoopôle (science park) will be opening its doors for the Fête de la Science and within it, many of the scientists of the ANSES Ploufragan-Plouzané Laboratory will be participating. They will be ready to welcome the general public on 14 October from 9:00 to 17:00 and on 15 and 16 October from 14:00 to 18:00, to answer questions and present all the Laboratory's work and activities.
Some 200 researchers and technicians are employed at the Ploufragan-Plouzané laboratory. They work to improve the health and wellbeing of animals, and to ensure the quality of foods of animal origin, through the research they conduct in the poultry, pig and rabbit farming sectors.
At the Village des Sciences, the ANSES laboratory, together with the Ploufragan zoopôle and the Côtes d'Armor departmental analysis laboratory, will be highlighting research at the zoopôle through the concept of eco-pathology: Eating a balanced diet and preserving the planet: a reflection on the theme of the environmental impact of our diet.
Learning about research into the use of veterinary drugs: a tour of the Fougères Laboratory, Ille-et-Vilaine
The Fougères Laboratory mainly contributes to improving knowledge of the benefits and risks associated with the use of veterinary medicinal products and disinfectants by the food industry, and those associated with food contaminants.
It will be opening its doors on Thursday, 13 October from 14:00 to 15:30. Exploring its premises will be an opportunity, among others, to learn about its work screening for veterinary drug residues in foods of animal origin, or its activities assessing the genetic toxicity of food contaminants on DNA. The French Agency for Veterinary Medicinal Products (ANMV) is also participating in the laboratory's initiative and will be presenting its activities during the Open House event. Also based in Fougères, the ANMV undertakes all the missions entrusted to ANSES in the field of veterinary pharmacy.
The laboratory will also be challenging the public via a stand with the theme: "Are there any veterinary drug residues in my food?", on 15 and 16 October, from 14:00 to 19:00 in the Village des Sciences in Rennes (Esplanade du Général de Gaulle).
Discover the activities of an animal health laboratory: Open House at the Dozulé Laboratory for Equine Diseases, Calvados
The Dozulé Laboratory for Equine Diseases will also be open to the general public on Friday, 14 October from 13:30 to 18:30. Visitors will be able to learn about its activities in virology, bacteriology, parasitology, epidemiology and pathological anatomy by visiting all the laboratory's units. A fun workshop will be organised for each theme, to raise awareness about equine research and enable visitors of all ages to put themselves into a researcher's shoes for an afternoon.
Middle and high school students will also be taught about bacteriology or cell culture, through the research projects and diagnostic activities performed by the laboratory. This will give them an opportunity to find out about the many different kinds of research-related careers.
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> Presentation of the Agency's laboratories (map of the laboratories)