Organised in France by a consortium led by the Universities of Burgundy and Franche-Comté, the European Night of Researchers, led by the European Commission, takes place on Friday, September 28, 2018. For the second year in a row, the Ministry of Culture is supporting this operation aimed at bringing scientific culture closer to the general public.

For the 14e edition, the theme chosen by the organizers is «1001 stories». This event is being held in about 100 European cities and in 12 cities in France (Albi, Angers, Besançon, Bordeaux, Brest, Dijon, Le Mans, Limoges, Marseille, Paris, Toulouse and for the first time Saint-Denis de la Réunion) invites researchers and the public to meet in an original context.

This year, the art of storytelling is in the spotlight. Researchers are invited to tell the science, their experiences and their own story. The 2018 theme places particular emphasis on researchers whose fields of investigation focus on the cultural sphere. Curators, archaeologists, musicians, researchers and PhD students, they come from museums, institutions of higher education, or laboratories supported by the Ministry of Culture.

Audiences are invited to participate in speedsearching, “meetings in the dark” or at a lab “ fake news » to learn to be wary of preconceptions. The Ministry of Culture is a partner of Radio Campus for the organization in each city of Citizen Consultations «What is your Europe?» on the theme "Europe, Culture, Research". The Radio will present micro-pavements as well as mini-series of podcasts with the aim of getting the general public to reflect on Europe.

Throughout the territory, resolutely educational and participatory initiatives are proposed as:

- In Besançon, students and teachers of the Institut des Beaux-Arts de Besançon present research on the theme: Fronts et frontières, highlighting visual, visual and sound arts.

- In Marseille, in the «Exquisite Digital Corpse» space, the public will discover and experiment the Crossing industry video game designed by researchers from the Ecole supérieure d'art d'Aix-en-Provence and the IREMAM laboratory.

- In Toulouse, the MSHS with the CREAP Cartailhac associated with the National Center of Prehistory will present a research project on the ornate caves and in particular the Chauvet cave through a series of very large photos and animation around oculus rift. 

- A The Meeting, the Ecole supérieure d'art will propose «Orchestre vide», karaoké, sciences molles et gai-savoir, a project carried out with the support of the API research laboratory (arts, landscapes, insularités).

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