Since 2011, the French-American Science Festival brings together scientists and educators from universities, national laboratories, industries and non-governmental organizations from France and the U.S, representing a wide range of fields, from biology to nanotechnologies, through astronomy.
The first French-American Science Festival organized by the scientific department of the French Consulate in Chicago was supported by the Institut français in its call for projects regarding the promotion of scientific and technical culture. The main objectives of this project were to create an event open to everyone, including various scientific contents but also to facilitate exchanges of experiences in order to establish a dialogue and develop a partnership framework for joint actions.
Every year, in partnership with Northwestern University, and particularly the Rick Morimoto laboratory, and the Alliance française, a full day of informal science education and outreach, open to the general public and to school children of the Chicago area, and two conferences with leading scientists are organized.
Here are a few pictures of the Hands-On Science learning day: