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École Polytechnique to celebrate science on October 11-12, 2019

"Understanding the world for the past 225 years" is the topic chosen by École Polytechnique for the 2019 Fête de la Science (National French Science Festival), to be held on its campus on October 11-12, 2019. Over a two-day period, École Polytechnique researchers and faculty will present the scientific challenges of today to the public. This event will be open to school groups on October 11th and to the general public on October 12th.
 
 
Every year, École Polytechnique takes part in the Fête de la Science – a national celebration of science. Come meet the school's researchers and students for an opportunity to discover and discuss their research and scientific advances.
 
École Polytechnique's Grand Hall will display around fifteen stands set up by researchers from École Polytechnique's 23 laboratories, who will present and answer questions about their work.
 
In addition to the numerous conferences and workshops scheduled throughout this two day-event, laboratory tours will be held to inform the public about careers in research. Ten tours on different topics will immerse visitors of all ages in the daily lives of École polytechnique researchers.
 
Conferences devoted to lasers
Among the different conferences and workshops planned for this event, Daniel Suchet, a Physics professor and researcher at the LPICM (Laboratory of Physics of Interfaces and Thin Films) and IPVF (Photovoltaic Institute of Île-de-France), will present a conference entitled "Approaching Science through Star Wars." This conference, exploring scientific questions from the familiar perspective of science fiction, will present physical concepts and, most importantly, highlight the essential stages that underpin the scientific approach, in any field of application.
 
The event will also include a conference entitled, “An Opportunity to Meet the Winner of the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics”. Nobel Prize winner Gérard Mourou, a professor and member of the High College of École Polytechnique, will present his research on lasers and his award-winning "Chirped Pulse Amplification" (CPA) technique, which he developed just over 30 years ago with his co-prize-winner, Donna Strickland.
 
In addition, for the third year in a row, the Intense Lasers Laboratory (LULI) will be running an escape game, combining logic and scientific puzzles.
 
A national event
Created by the French Ministry for Higher Education and Research in 1991, the Fête de la Science is organized by many higher education and research institutions throughout France. This free event aims to promote science in a fun way, bringing science and society closer together.

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 41% of students and 40% 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 23 laboratories, 22 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 a founding member of Institut Polytechnique de Paris.

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