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SPS - Saclay Plant Sciences

This year, SPS sees double at the “Fête de la Science”

In the framework of the “Fête de la Science”, the Saclay Plant Sciences network participates each year in the Paris-Saclay Science Village, the largest science village in the southern Paris region. For this fifth consecutive year, SPS was present from October 12 to October 14 at the Moulon gymnasium in Gif-sur-Yvette, this time with not one but two booths!

Four workshops took turns on the SPS booths, some of them taking place for several days, in order to offer schoolchildren on Friday and the general public on the weekend various scientific and recreational activities around plants.

Visitors were able to observe 3D images illustrating the morphological diversity of plant cells depending on organs, to compete to build DNA molecules in a limited time, allowing them to understand why cells make DNA replication errors that create genetic diversity, to answer a quiz to test their knowledge on the physicochemical properties of plant oils (cooking oils and essential oils) or to observe nodules on roots to address the notion of interactions, especially symbiotic interactions, between microorganisms and plants or insects.

The SPS workshops hosted about fifteen school groups on Friday, representing about one hundred primary and junior high school students, but also many families on Saturday and Sunday.

Indeed, the Paris-Saclay Science Village beat its record for attendance on the weekend!

None of this would be possible without Ile-de-Science, which works very hard each year to perpetuate this educational and convivial science fair!

Finally, we were able to count once again on the strong mobilization of members of the SPS community and we would like to thank Katia Belcram, Corine Enard, Marine Froissard, Carine Gery, Peter Mergaert, Besma Bouznif, Nicolas Busset, Raynald Cossard, Marina Ferrand , Elodie Gilbault, Anouchka Guyon, Isabelle Gy, Joy Lachat, Mathilde Lumy, Quentin Nicoud, Tsubasa Ohbayashi and Pauline Rouillard for their commitment, their creativity and their smile throughout this event!

We are waiting for you in 2019 for the next “Fête de la Science”!

Some pictures

FDS Cellules 1

"La cellule végétale sous toutes ses formes !"

FDS Cellules 2

"La cellule végétale sous toutes ses formes !"

FDS Fautes 1

"Le bénéfice des fautes d’orthographe pour s’adapter à l’environnement"

FDS Fautes 2

"Le bénéfice des fautes d’orthographe pour s’adapter à l’environnement"

FDS Huile 1

"Réconcilier l'eau et l'huile, les deux meilleurs ennemis !"

FDS Huile 2

"Réconcilier l'eau et l'huile, les deux meilleurs ennemis !"

FDS Symbiose 2

"Les plantes et les animaux ne vivent jamais seuls :
comment des microbes favorisent le développement et la nutrition"

FDS Symbiose 1

"Les plantes et les animaux ne vivent jamais seuls
comment des microbes favorisent le développement et la nutrition"