Minister of Higher Education and Research, dear Laurent Wauquiez, President of Universcience, dear Claudie Haigneré, Commissioner General for Investment, dear René Ricol, ladies and gentlemen,

Just two years ago, Universcience was born, bringing together
talents and missions of the Palace of Discovery and the City of
sciences. Under this beautiful name, Universcience’s mission is to be
the national reference centre for scientific, technical and
industrial.

Laurent Wauquiez and I confirmed this mission to Claudie
Hated a little over a year ago, giving him a roadmap
to mobilize the actors of scientific culture and
in a dynamic of dialogue and shared projects.

The event that brings us together today shows how far we have come, and
I look forward to it.

Scientific and technical culture benefits in our country from a
dynamic both strong and old. In my opinion, it occupies a place in
our cultural heritage; it must be supported, amplified and
give it greater visibility. The action that all actors are taking is
essential in more than one way: by their educational role; by their contribution to
public debate; their contribution to the decompartmentalization of the arts,
and letters. In all our territories, associations, associations and
museums, technical museums, ecomuseums form bridges
between history, techniques, art and their audiences, and
make considerable efforts to reach audiences, and
all ages. They are essential links in our policies
knowledge and can lead to cultural
vocations among the youngest.

This dynamic needs to be consolidated in territorial strategies
strong and in a shared national vision. This is the sense of impulse
that we want to give today to scientific culture, not
only by establishing a Council of Eminent Personalities
qualified who alongside Claudie Haigneré will carry the vision, but
establishing a mechanism for dialogue and exchange. Our directorates
regional cultural affairs are stakeholders in this package;
with the regional delegations for research and
technology, the relays of Universcience.

This dynamic must also be supported by strong projects. The
Estim project led by Universcience and the Commissariat Général in
investment is one; there are many others, and I congratulate the
actors who have demonstrated their capacity for innovation and cultural creativity.

Whether it is our industrial heritage, dating techniques and
restoration of our works of art or National Furniture, the history of
aviation, all buildings and scientific and technical objects
protected under the title of historic monuments, our archives,
environmental issues related to the preservation of our
built heritage and landscapes, bioethical issues related to
restitution processes like the Maori Heads we have just
most recently to return to New Zealand, my ministry and its
institutions carry the scientific and technical culture in all its
diversity. Among many other examples, I could cite the magnificent
collection of scientific instruments that can be found in the department
art objects of the Louvre Museum, and which forms an essential heritage
both the history of the arts and the history of European science;
museum and archives of Radio France, which trace the history of radio,
television and sound; research laboratories of my
to the «houses of the illustrious», this label that I launched in
last September, and which will better showcase our
scientific and technical history – I am thinking of the Maison natale for example
from Pierre de Fermat to Beaumont-en-Lomagne, at the Gay-Lussac Museum in
Limousin, at the Flaubert Museum and History of Medicine in Rouen, at the
House of Louis Pasteur in Arbois in Franche-Comté, at Villa Lumière in
Lyon...; in fact, that the inclusion of this heritage
scientific and technical also extends to all practices and
know-how which is a matter of human science.

For all these reasons, the conduct of my department’s
dissemination of scientific and technical culture is a mission
within the General Secretariat. Culture
scientific, technical and industrial is in my opinion an essential axis for
one of my department’s oldest public policies: the
cultural democratization.

In the same vein, I decided to launch a major project in the
video game field, as I consider it an exemplary domain
which not only excites the public and especially young people, but
where artistic creation, the talent of the developers, the
mediation know-how, industrial issues and cultural practices.

I have asked Universcience to design, with the support of my Ministry,
new offers to meet the interest of our audiences.

The points of contact between science and culture are for Universcience a
key element of its action. Archaeology, for example, has been
value through your beautiful exhibitions, which have allowed to create and
strengthen collaborations with the National Research Institute
preventive archaeological (INRAP), like the dynamics that
previously created for other exhibitions with the Institut de
acoustic/music research and coordination (IRCAM) or the Institute
National Audiovisual Authority (INA). I am also thinking of the place that is
within the ESTIM project on digital and the theme arts, sciences
and technologies” or the dynamics that link the Grand Palais,
the cultural offer of the galleries of the Grand Palais and the RMN
Palace of Discovery. All these initiatives contribute, to resume
the expression of Jean-Marc Lévy-Leblond, to put science in
culture”, so that science can be recognized as a
field of cultural action in its own right. This conviction drives you
all of you in the scientific and technical culture, I share
fully with you.

I would like to extend a warm greeting to the members of the Council this morning.
and all institutions that are stakeholders in this
new governance, and to thank you in particular, dear
Claudie Haigneré, you and your teams, as well as your partners, to
your commitment.