The Fête de la Science (science festival) is a French national event that resonates strongly each year in French Guiana. More and more people participate to this event to share their science using formats of all kinds of shapes and forms. The “hot spot” of activities takes place in the scientific village of Cayenne but other cities are also offering activities. Several researchers from the labex CEBA participated in this year’s event and shared their work with enthusiasm.
As in previous years, the scientific village met on the campus of Troubiran, on the University of French Guiana, in Cayenne. This event, which is organized by La Canopée des Sciences, allows researchers, natural reserves staff and scientists to share their scientific discoveries and general interest in science and conservation for a whole day in front of a diverse audience of experts or novices alike and curious families.
Among the different activities showcased by CEBA researchers and PhD students, a stand was dedicated to the science projects that were funded during the first phase of the LabEx. A quiz game was organized where the public had to go talk with CEBA researchers in order to answer the quiz questions.
Ifremer : Ocean acidification.
The ocean can absorbs up to a third of the carbon dioxide (CO2) released into the atmosphere by humans (use of fossil fuels). The CO2 forms acidic components when dissolved in water, this ongoing process acidifies the ocean. The workshop led by the researchers and PhD students presented how we measure this acidification and what are the impacts on the organisms that live in the Ocean. People from all ages played games that triggered an exchange of ideas on global warming and related environmental issues.
LEEISA lab: Color outburst with Dendrobates frogs: a French Guiana treasure.
In collaboration with the association CERATO, the LEEISA laboratory organized an activity to learn more about the very famous and colorful Dendrobate frog. One of the most iconic but also unknown animal of our forests. The bright patterns on the skin of the animal are highly toxic and are an adaptation that warns potential predators of the risk they incur if they strike an attack.
EPAT Lab: these accidental scientific discoveries that made science progress.
Some scientific discoveries are the result of fortuitous events that have allowed scientific advancement. Several researchers presented such discoveries. The EPAT laboratory (CEBA) showcased the discovery of pathogenic or environmental microorganisms encountered in Guyana through microscope and observations and games.
LEEISA Lab: the water bar.
Would you be able to identify where the water you just drank is coming from? Using a “taste blind test”, the public tried to recognize whether the water they drank was tap water or bottled water; if the water they were testing was their usual water and which of the choices tasted better or had higher qualities…
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