As a champion for scientific excellence, ESPCI ParisTech is actively working to take science and the love of science beyond the labs and lecture halls. Inspiring an appetite for knowledge by fostering curiosity and interest in science and experimentation is increasingly vital today, in light of an obvious lack of interest in the western world for scientific studies and careers. A renewed interest in science today will contribute to tomorrow’s knowledge-based economy.
The Espace Pierre-Gilles de Gennes is a meeting place open to the community and dedicated to the connection between science and the Citizen. This is where the School takes initiatives to raise awareness about science, with démonstrations of experiments for young people from elementary school to university level. For instance, the School was the first to develop pioneering programs like ASTEP (supporting teachers through the participation of scientists in primary education) and the Hands-On program for which a number of students volunteer each year. The Espace Pierre-Gilles de Gennes also hosts temporary exhibitions (e.g., the Langevin exhibition in 2006) and permanent exhibitions for the general public.
The seven ESPCI ParisTech auditoriums are the venue for a variety of lectures, ranging from the most advanced scientific investigations to topics of interest to the layman. These include the Experimental Lectures series, which is unique in the world of science, combining lectures with lab-bench demonstrations; The "Litterasciences" series promote general scientific culture. The "Les Chantiers du Savoir" lecture series, organized by faculty members with assistance from the Student Union, tackles more challenging topics, through the involvement of major scientists of our time.
Finally, the School campus hosts popular events for the general public all year round, including the Sciences on the Seine Festival, Fête de la Science, Researchers’ Night, and Science Académie.