Intimately linked to the scientific approach, the sharing and dissemination of the scientific culture is becoming increasingly important within the ICGM.
Actions to sensitise the general public
The ICGM is actively involved in raising public awareness of science and research, for example through themed exhibitions such as "Amazing photographs of chemistry" organised during the International Year of Chemistry. This project, for which the selected photographs had as the main objective to reveal modern chemistry through a recreational approach, stimulating the imagination and thought processes, had as its aim to provide the viewing public with a scientific explanation for the observed images.
To help the public better understand the finality of their research, the researchers gave clear explanations in layman’s terms on the goals of their work with its impact on the daily life of an ordinary citizen.
ICGM members participate actively in the field of science popularisation with actions focused on taking the mystery out of scientific research by allowing the general public to discover this activity. This is notably the case with the Festival Pint of Science, in which ICGM members participate in the coordination and planning of the event or as speakers.
The laboratory is also a participant in general public events such as La nuit des chercheurs (European Researchers’ Night), the Fête de la Science (Science Festival) or in major national events for young audiences like Les Olympiades de la Chimie (part of the International Chemistry Olympiads) in which several ICGM members are involved, particularly by the organisation of laboratory visits and chemistry-related activities for several high schools in the Occitanie region.
ICGM doctoral students themselves contribute to their training in science popularisation and mediation practices, participating notably in the competition Ma thèse en 180 secondes (My thesis in 180 seconds, MT180), which aims to present a subject of scientific research in simple and concise terms, in front of a diverse and profane audience, in 180 seconds.
COSA, implementation of an action in favour of Art & Science
In April 2016, the Institute Charles Gerhardt Montpellier (ICGM), the Institute d'Electronique et des Systèmes (IES), the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture de Montpellier (ENSAM) and the Ecole Supérieure des Beaux Arts Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole (ESBAMMM) decided to collaborate in order to find a common exploration and experimentation on the themes of Searching, Science and Art. This collaboration also aims to develop within each structure joint projects at the intersection of these themes. This is the birth of the COnnexion Science & Art (COSA) group.
The purpose of this initiative is to promote a stronger interaction and a shared reflection between researchers, scientists, and artists to support artistic creativity.
To this end, the group's work involves different aspects that are to :
- Promote periodic meetings between artists and scientists, between the artistic and scientific communities.
- Implement collaborative projects around common themes such as Art-Science.
- Examine the subjectivity, rationality and creativity of artists and scientists.
- Form connections between these fields and explore together how creativity and innovation can be mutually nourished by artistic and scientific complementarities.
- Develop positive interactions with the socio-economic world by innovations between these two disciplines.
COSA Events :
- 30 June 2016: official launch of the ICGM/IES/ENSAM/ESBAMMM partnership.
- 20 February 2017: screening/debate/exhibition (Maison des Etudiants Aimé Schoenig, Montpellier). Voir le retour en images sur la soirée
Specific actions aimed at a young audience
Various ICGM members are widely involved in the dissemination of scientific culture amongst young students, notably by the regular organisation of presentations, workshops and scientific initiatives for primary and middle schools.
This is particularly the case with Catherine Bied and her association Les Moléclowns, which puts on playful scientific shows that initiate the students to original and spectacular scientific experiments, in order to encourage their curiosity and lead them to question themselves about science.
Since 2015, the ICGM is also a partner of the events Faites de la Science (Do Science) and C' Génial (It’s Great!), which support the teaching of science and technology in middle and secondary schools, promote the development of scientific culture, and develop awareness about scientific research amongst the students.
These actions target a pedagogical dissemination of knowledge and bring to the young audience a better understanding of their science classes.
ICGM, in connivance with the dissemination and sharing of scientific culture
Through its various implications in the dissemination and sharing of scientific and technical culture, for both students and the general public, the Institute Charles Gerhardt Montpellier shows that it plays an important role in the sharing of knowledge.
By all these actions - experimentation, dialogue, exchange, animations, visits, shows, workshops and exhibitions - the ICGM seeks to provide a better understanding of the sciences and encourage reflection and the debate, while demonstrating that it is an important player in the major societal issues of our time thanks to the research developed in its laboratories and made known to all