June 1 to 15, 2023 will mark the third edition of InScience – a festival held by Inserm for visitors to discover and discuss questions of health and medical research. With its rich program deployed across France, InScience is particularly intended for young people, enabling everyone to learn more about Inserm’s work and become actively involved in their own health. With meetups with scientists, podcasts, videos, virtual reality games, comic books… there is something for all tastes.
For the past three years, InScience has aimed to break taboos surrounding health, counter stereotypes of the world of research, and bring the scientists and general public closer together – enabling the two worlds to meet directly. This festival reflects Inserm’s desire to democratize scientific research and make it more transparent, giving each individual the tools to become actively involved in their own health.
Support from the French National Research Agency (ANR) means that this year the festival is bigger than ever, offering a richer program than previous editions. Original forms of scientific popularization, including podcasts, an original comic, escape games, and a partnership with Tik Tok influencer Tangleroux complete the offering. Places that are very popular with the general public, such as Ground Control in Paris, will host scientific mediation activities.
The highly comprehensive program (see below), with events that can be attended in person or online, seeks to make medical research advances accessible to all citizens, regardless of where they live. The events will be hosted in no fewer than 24 places in 12 French cities, and are open to everyone free of charge.
 Inserm’s various regional offices had responded together and won the ANR call for proposals on the theme of Science with and for society (SwafS)
Discover the Program
Check out the teaser.
Focus on Original Formats
InScience is also about original ways to popularize science, for example through podcasts and a comic.
Through a series of 10 podcasts available on all platforms, InScience sets out to discover women and men who work for the health of us all: researchers. The objective being to talk about research professions and create vocations among young people.
In addition, a collaboration between Inserm and comic book author Maité Robert has led to the creation of a comic narrating the research projects of ten 2018-2019 ANR winners. The idea is to show that medical research is maybe not so complicated when explained with words and images that are accessible to everyone.
This comic can be obtained free of charge at InScience events.
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