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ANSES celebrates science!

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News of 30/09/2016

Like every year, in celebration of France's National Science Festival, ANSES's research and reference laboratories open their doors and offer a variety of different activities. From 1 to 16 October 2016, the scientists working at these laboratories invite the public to discover their everyday undertakings and learn about the different research professions. 



This year, from 1 to 10 October, the Fougères Laboratory and the French Agency for Veterinary Medicinal Products (Ille-et-Vilaine) propose several workshops and conferences dealing with subjects such as fighting germs, antibiotic resistance, veterinary drug residues in foods, and the basics of chemistry. New this year: how to understand and interpret the real meaning of the figures we use everyday? 


The Bee Health Laboratory in Sophia-Antipolis (Alpes-Maritimes) opens its doors to the public on October 14. Its goal: to educate the public about the major diseases responsible for bee decline, and to explain the consequences of the disappearance this pollinator, an essential insect for the maintenance of biodiversity. 


On October 13, the scientists at the Dozulé Laboratory (Calvados), specialised in equine diseases, invite horse lovers, researchers, veterinarians, students and anyone with a thirst for knowledge, to discover the research professions for equine health.


Micro-organisms found in water, fish diseases, viruses and bacteria... These are just a few of the subjects that the scientists fromANSES's Ploufragan-Plouzané Laboratory (Côtes d’Armor and Finistère), spécialising in poultry, rabbit, pig and farmed fish health, will help you to discover during this year’s National Science Festival at their stand at the Espace Sciences et Métiers in Ploufragan from 7 to 9 October.


On October 13, the Clermont-Ferrand unit (Puy-de-Dôme) of ANSES's Plant Health Laboratory proposes four events on plant nutrition for students in the CM1 and CM2 classes of the Vaugondières school in Lempdes.


The Nancy Laboratory for Hydrology (Meurthe-et-Moselle), whose main activity is helping to ensure the safety of water intended for human consumption, is offering several events in order to educate and inform children about the importance of water conservation. On October 7 and 8 from 9am to 5pm, the scientists invite middle and high school pupils to participate in various workshops on water, to be held at the Vandoeuvre Faculté des Sciences


On October 14, scientists from the Niort Laboratory (Deux-Sèvres) will invite CM1 pupils to learn about their work through four fun and informative activities. The morning will be filled with discoveries: observing DNA strands, learning about the methods used for diagnosing animal diseases, or understanding the cutting-edge technologies used in the lab on a daily basis. 


For the occasion, both ANSES laboratories in Maisons-Alfort (Val-de-Marne) will be open to the public:

  • on Sunday October 9 at 2pm, the Laboratory for Animal Health, in partnership with the Alfort National Veterinary School, is offering a conference on the topic "Humans and animals, the same fight against germs", to be held on the school's campus.
  • on Tuesday October 11, the Food Safety Laboratory invites a CM1 class from Alfortville for a visit of the laboratory and an information session on the benefits of physical exercise.


The Food Safety Laboratory will also open the doors of its Boulogne-sur-Mer (Pas-de-Calais) site on Octobe 13 to high school students for an information session on fishery product safety.  


The Nancy Laboratory for Rabies and Wildlife (Meurthe et Moselle) is also participating in the National Science Festival with a class on diseases affecting both wildlife and domesticated animals, to be given to BTS students studying Agricultural Production at the Pixérécourt agricultural high school in Malzéville.