Fête de la Science puts advances in sport under the microscope

This year’s Fête de la Science is capitalising on the Rugby World Cup and the upcoming Olympic Games with an edition that will focus on sport. Here’s what you need to know.  

Throughout October, laboratories, research centres and other science facilities across France will open their doors to the public. The annual event is a chance for the average man, woman and child to get a better understanding of France’s scientific efforts and community through special meet-and-greets and workshops that are entirely free to attend.  

Over one million people are expected to participate this year, and more than 5,000 events have been organised around the country.  


With the Rugby World Cup and the upcoming summer Olympic Games turning all eyes to France, sport is in the forefront of many people’s minds. The Fête de la Science will draw the line between scientific advances and sport, allowing visitors to see how sporting practices benefit from new developments in nutrition, sociology, biology, biomechanics, psychology, pharmacology and cognitive sciences. 

There is, of course, a strong educational aspect to the occasion and it is hoped that the varied programme will encourage young people to consider scientific careers as well as develop an interest and curiosity in the scientific field.  


The national kick-off is taking place at the Musée de l’Homme in Paris on 6th through to 8th October, but there are lots of events in the Riviera too.  

In the Alpes-Maritimes, the Fête de la Science runs until 25th October, giving people a chance to “discover and experiment with chemistry, biology, astronomy, physics, geology, mathematics, digital sciences, AI, robotics, and environmental sciences” in several locations around the region, including in the Vallée de la Vésubie, Villeneuve-Loubet, Sophia Antipolis, Mouans Sartoux, Menton, Nice, Antibes, Cannes, Grasse, Cagnes-sur-Mer and Valbonne.  

For a detailed breakdown of the local programme, please click here.


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