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A lifetime of science : the new brand movie of École Polytechnique

École Polytechnique introduced its new brand movie “A lifetime of science” on the occasion of the year’s end celebrations. The movie deals with the story of a little girl curious and enthusiast about science, who manages, with perseverance, to fulfill her childhood dream: pursue a scientific career. With the motto “A lifetime of science”, this movie is intended to remind that since 1794, École Polytechnique is dedicated to science and innovation.

What are your first memories about science? During this short video, École Polytechnique immerses you in the childhood nostalgia, full of dreams and discoveries. The spectator is immersed in an atmosphere which looks like the one of the 1970’s: he discovers a little girl, full of curiosity and ingenuity. This child launches herself into in a range of experiences with the help of everyday objects in order to fulfill her dream, create a spacesuit. By drawing, measuring or observing the reactions of her experiences in front of her “bathtub-laboratory” or a fireplace, the little girl redoubles her efforts to create the space suit, emerged of her imagination. This passion for science won’t leave her and she’ll make her “childhood dream” reality by choosing a scientific career.

This story is based on real anecdotes told by scientists from the research center of l’X. On the occasion of publishing their portraits in the 2016 annual report, women and men of the research center remembered their first experiences related to science. “A lifetime of science” pays tribute to these childhood stories full of insouciance and creativity.

More widely, this movie is an invitation to follow one’s dreams and to realize one’s projects: l’X addresses to all: engineers, researchers and entrepreneurs… Curiosity, ingenuity and perseverance prevail throughout the story and appear to be the shared values of people who dedicate themselves to the science and innovation of today and tomorrow. Moreover, the experience of this little girl highlights the importance to incite young women to pursue scientific careers and necessity to empower them to realize their vocations.

A social media campaign “Tell us about your science memories” will go along with the broadcast of the film, starting on December 12, in order to remind people the importance of the contribution of science in our society.

The Martian spacesuit that appears in the last scene of this brand movie, filmed in the Interdisciplinary Center for Microscopy Electronic transmission of École Polytechnique, is the result of a project carried out by a group of students in their third year of the Ingénieur Polytechnicien Program in the framework of a collective science project.

Key facts
- Film making: Fabien Ecochard
- Production: Troublemakers.t
- Music: original composition of Josette Music Club « Come on and get it »
Original idea: Editorial department of École Polytechnique (Maëlle Becuwe and Samantha Gaudfrin)

ABOUT ÉCOLE POLYTECHNIQUE / École Polytechnique, also known as L’X, is the leading French institution combining top-level research, academics, and innovation at the cutting-edge of science and technology. Its various undergraduate and graduate-level programs – Bachelor of Science, Ingénieur Polytechnicien (Master’s level program), Master’s, and PhD – are highly selective and promote a culture of excellence with a strong emphasis on science, anchored in humanist traditions. As a widely internationalized university, École Polytechnique offers a variety of international programs and attracts a growing number of foreign students and researchers from around the globe (currently 36% of students and 39% of faculty members).

École Polytechnique offers an exceptional education to prepare bright men and women to excel in top-level key positions and lead complex and innovative projects which meet the challenges of 21st century society, all while maintaining a keen sense of their civil and social responsibilities. With its 22 laboratories, 21 of which are joint research units with the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), the École Polytechnique Research Center explores the frontiers of interdisciplinary knowledge to provide major contributions to science, technology, and society. École Polytechnique is also a pioneer and leading institution of the major scientific and economic cluster, Paris-Saclay, bringing together top French higher education and research institutions, as well as R&D centers of prominent international companies.


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