The city of Paris boasts two prestigious centres promoting science and technology, the Cité des sciences et de l’industrie and the Palais de la Découverte. From January 1st, 2010, they have joined forces to create a new institution: Universcience.
With almost 3.5 million visitors each year (3 million at the Cité des sciences et de l’industrie and 550 000 at the Palais de la découverte), Universcience is the fourth most popular cultural establishment in Paris after the Louvre, Versailles and the Georges-Pompidou Centre. Moreover, its travelling exhibitions are seen each year by some 300,000 people in the French provinces and between 500,000 and 800,000 in other countries.
Science and innovation, creation, sharing knowledge, equal opportunities… By promoting these priorities and values and drawing on the recognized expertise of the Cité des Sciences and the Palais de la Découverte, Universcience aims to become a national pole of excellence for science culture.
Encouraging young people to study science and technology – and thus contribute to the economic health and cohesion of our society – is a priority. Universcience aims to play a key role in informal education, enabling each of us to be responsible and contribute to the ongoing debate on science and society.
Universcience also aims to promote the culture of science and technology throughout France, working with a wide range of local partners, and to develop this national science network into a European and international pole of excellence.
At the same time, Universcience is willing to be an essential reference tool for scientific discussion and creativity, through its www.universcience.fr web portal (8 million visitors per year) and its new web TV channel www.universcience.tv (more than 2 million video browsings in 2010).
Palais de la découverte - The fundamentals of science
The Palais de la découverte explores the fundamental principles of science we need to understand the world in all its complexity. Observing, experimenting and interpreting real phenomena are essential steps towards comprehending the world around us.
Visitors to the Palais de la découverte discover a unique atmosphere and approach, and immediately feel involved. The keywords here are investigation and exploration: science is demystified by making it more accessible, even to those who may feel it is beyond them. The content hinges on human experience, with scientific explainers and research scientists, phenomena to observe in real time, spectacular experiments and demonstrations, in both permanent and temporary exhibition environments.
The museum makes the most of its specific expertise by training young scientists and post-graduate assistants, and by helping researchers and teachers develop their communication skills. Areas called "A researcher, an experiment" act as a link between research laboratories and the public: helped by the museum's explainers, researchers regularly present new experiments to show how science is moving forward in their laboratory.
The Palais de la découverte occupies part of the Grand Palais in the centre of Paris. Its science exhibitions are a perfect complement to the major art shows staged in the Grand Palais, making it a particularly attractive venue for visitors to the city.
The Cité des sciences et de l’industrie – Science and Society
The Cité des sciences presents a host of attractions combining science and leisure activities, with spectacular exhibitions, a multimedia library, lectures and forums, cultural outreach, coverage of the latest science news, resource centres and unrivalled scope for children with its Cité des enfants.
Ever since it opened in 1986, the Cité has linked science to the major issues faced by society, focusing on the environmental, geo-economic and ethical questions raised by technological progress and innovation.
To illustrate the link, experts in all parts of the Cité run workshops, scientific games, forums and lectures focusing on today's issues.
Located in north-east Paris, within the Parc de la Villette cultural and leisure complex, the Cité des sciences is ideally situated to welcome a wide range of visitors, many of whom may be unused to frequenting cultural institutions. With this in mind, the Cité has developed innovative educational aids to provide services covering employment, careers advice and vocational training. The Cité prides itself on its accessibility and is equipped to welcome disabled visitors of all kinds.
Please note: Universcience is composed of two locations
Universcience – Cité des sciences et de l’industrie:
Ms. Sophie Biecheler - Fiocconi, Head of Institutional and International Relations
+33 1 40 05 7353
+33 1 40 05 8404
Cité des sciences et de l’industrie :
30 avenue Corentin Cariou
75930 Paris Cedex 19
Universcience – Palais de la découverte:
Mr. Igor Primault, Head of Fundraising
+33 1 40 05 82 41
+33 1 40 74 81 81
Avenue Franklin Roosevelt
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