Press Center – Scientist too! : 15,000 high school students admitted to CEA centers in 10 years

With “Scientist, you too! “CEA offers a unique opportunity for high school students of science and technology to discover in a concrete way the different aspects of the research professions.

During the high-speed meetings, technicians, engineers and researchers talk about their experiences and talk to young people about career guidance opportunities.

The day is marked by visits to laboratories and facilities, workshops and mini-conferences on social topics such as energy, health or cyber security.

According to Natalie Schiardis, Head of Culture, Science and Society Network at CEA: “Through this operation, our goal is to encourage a vocation for a research career. Speed ​​dating, for example, is a great tool to showcase a very wide range of professions and research topics; it also shows that the vocation to the sciences is not automatic and the path to it is not always direct; that scientists were not necessarily all good students, they may have been tormented by questions before they entered the world of research; and that’s good, because research always encourages them to ask themselves questions…”

Some figures
Since 2012 15,000 high school students were obtained at 10 CEA sites
Almost every year 200 researchers take part in the event and 50 laboratories open your doors.

Digital version for full offer

As health restrictions have made it difficult to organize an event at some centers over the past few months, the digital edition of Scientific, You Too! Let’s build the world of tomorrow together” concludes this operation. In 2021, 5600 high school students watched 3 morning broadcasts from their schools. Each of these meetings included a conference by Roland Lehuk, Etienne Klein and Alexey Grinbaum, as well as a round table on the professions of tomorrow and the main challenges of society on the topics “Climate, medicine of the future, simulations and information technology”. , “Energy, containment and resilience” and “Artificial intelligence, machine learning, big data, cybersecurity, how to navigate? Students were also able to take part in speed challenges and interact live with 15 young scientists. An operation carried out in partnership with the Regional Academic Office for Higher Education (Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur).

Given the success of this “deleted” version, the next digital edition on the topic of health/medicine of the future is scheduled for the end of 2022.

Some examples of actions

Initiative “Scientist, you too!” is part of a more global approach to spreading a scientific culture and raising awareness among young people about the issues and professions of science.

In 2016, CEA organized the “Sciences for All” operation, in which ninth grade students from REP institutions are invited for internships as observers in a professional environment in their research laboratories. To enable more college students to take advantage of this system, CEA and the Esson Science Association created the “3rd Science Internship Network for All” with the support of the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation and with the participation of the Association. museums and centers for the development of scientific, technical and industrial culture (AMTSNTI) and various partners.
CEA also provides teachers with numerous free educational materials and multimedia materials that can be used in SVT, Physics-Chemistry and Technology courses. Resources on the topics of energies and radioactivity are also available. Levels Affected: Cycle 3, College, High School and Higher Education.

On its student site, CEA also offers many useful resources for preparing scientific presentations, working on TIPE, or reviewing certain scientific concepts in the fields of energy, radioactivity, climate, technology, health and life sciences, physics and chemistry. Job descriptions and testimonials from engineers, researchers, and technicians also give you access to many research papers.

About CEA

The mission of the CEA is to inform the public about decision making and to provide the scientific and technical means to the driving forces (French and European companies and local authorities) to better control the major changes our societies are experiencing in energy, digital. , healthcare, defense and global security.
To do this, the CEA has:

  • extensive and recognized skills at the intersection of historical, civil nuclear and defense sectors,
  • the basis of long-term fundamental research in biology, chemistry, physical sciences and the universe,
  • and the experience of numerous and varied technological developments intended for transfer to industrial partners.

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