Pariscience 2014

From 02 October 2014 to 07 October 2014

Every year the Pariscience international scientific film festival holds film screenings for the general public, followed by debates with researchers. As a partner of the Pariscience festival, Inserm supports this event through its researchers' active involvement.

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Public: General public
Venue: Jardin des Plantes/National Museum of Natural History (Paris)
Sessions are held in the Auditorium de la Grande Galerie de l'Evolution (access via 36, rue Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire), the Grand Amphithéâtre du Muséum (access via 57, rue Cuvier) and IPGP Amphithéâtre 25 (access via 47, rue Cuvier)
Dates: 02-07 October 2014
Arrangements: Free admission Reservation recommended at

Pariscience showcases the finest examples of French scientific film production each year. Almost 60 documentaries, including 22 overseas and 28 previously unseen features, covering a wide range of scientific, technical and environmental topics will be screened for free at the National Museum of Natural History in Paris as part of the festival. The screenings will be followed by discussions involving writers, directors, producers and scientific experts.

Pariscience is breaking new ground for its tenth outing with “Vue sur courts”: a selection of short films to watch online. There are also over forty films produced by CNES, CNRS, Inserm, INRAP and UPMC on offer. One film is honoured each day.

Another new feature is the ability to ask scientists questions via Twitter with #Pariscience. Two scientists will answer questions on a particular topic via video every day throughout the festival.

A partner of the Pariscience festival since 2009, Inserm helps stimulate discussions with the audience after screenings thanks to presence of its researchers (see programme below). This year Marina Cavazzano, research director at Inserm in the Imagine Institute of Genetic Diseases and coordinator of the Clinical Investigation Centre in Biotherapy at the Necker-Enfants Malades Hospital, will be part of the grand jury. Marie Jauffret-Roustide, sociologist at the French Institute for Public Health Surveillance and a researcher at Inserm, is the sponsor of the Prix des Lycéens (Student Award). She will be meeting with pupils to discuss film and its craft.

Two films co-produced by Inserm will also be presented at the festival: Le Ventre, Notre Deuxième Cerveau (The Stomach, Our Second Brain) (included in the competition, Television Science category) and Planète Corps (Planet Body) (not included in the competition).

The programme with Inserm includes:


Friday 3 October

  • 2:15 pm - “X:enius: Qu'est-ce qu'un rêve lucide ?” (X:enius: What is a Lucid Dream?) (session for Lycée and Collège students)
    Debate with Isabelle Arnulf, researcher and neurologist at Pitié Salpêtrière in Paris
  • 4:00 pm - “Le ventre, notre deuxième cerveau” (The Stomach, Our Second Brain)
    Debate with Michel Neunlist, Inserm research director at the University of Nantes, Specialist in Neuropathies of the Enteric Nervous System and Digestive Diseases

Saturday 4 October

  • 6:15 pm - “Marie Curie, une femme sur le front” (Marie Curie, a Woman at The Front)
    Debate with Nicolas Foray, Radiobiologist, Inserm researcher and winner of the Peyré award from the Académie des Sciences
  • 8:30 pm - “Genetic Me”
    Debate with Céline Méhats, reproductive biology researcher at the Cochin Institute

Sunday 5 October

  • 10:30 am - “Endoc(t)rinement”
    Debate with Robert Barouki, director of the Inserm Unit of Toxicology, Pharmacology and Cellular Signalling
  • 2:00 pm - “Planète Corps” (Planet Body)
  • 2:15 pm - “Awake in a Bad Dream”
    Debate with Paul Cottu, oncologist at the Curie Institute
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