Outreach events

The Laboratory of Planetology and Geodynamics is involved in a research that covers the entire spectrum of the infinitely large to the infinitely small: from laboratory instrumentation to space probes, from nanominerals to the internal structure of planets, Foraminifers from seabeds to giant clams, all scales of observations involving different techniques are represented.

Through workshops and models to discover the Earth's and other planet's environmental archives, laboratory staff regularly present research activities carried out as part of national and international programs during recurring events, such as “Fête de la Science”, “Utopiales”, “Scopitone” but also in the context of specific events such as the exhibition "Voyages Planétaires" organized in 2011 and reiterated from 28 September and 4 October 2015 under the name "Voyages planétaires : sur la trajectoire d’une comète".

In 2017, the LPG has proposed several events related to the end of the international space mission "Cassini-Huygens", including conferences, the exhibition "Cassini-Huygens rencontre les mondes de Saturne" and the festive event "Cassini Crash" on September 15, the date of the Cassini probe's crash into the atmosphere of Saturn.

In 2018, the laboratory invites you to discover the revelations of the mysterious moons of Saturn, Titan and Enceladus, following the Cassini-Huygens mission, and the promises of future explorations of the moons of Jupiter, NASA Europa Clipper and ESA Jupiter ICy moon Explorer (JUICE). This new exhibition entitled "A la conquête des lunes de Jupiter et Saturne" will be open to the public from May 29 to October 26, at the University of Nantes.

In order to discover foraminifera, micro-organisms living in marine sediments, at the younger generations, the research team located in Angers conducted a participatory science project with two classes of the first scientist at Lycée Mounier. The aim of this initiative is multiple: to strengthen the link university / high school, to give students a better overview of current and innovative research topics, and to participate in the acquisition of data as part of a real research program in progress, the project "Mudsurv". The project and the first results were presented by the students as part of Exposcience, outreach event, last May in Angers. This experience allowed them to understand the scientific process, the challenges of monitoring tidal mudflats and the importance of popularizing their work so that it is accessible to the public.

As part of the NASA InSight mission launched on May 5, the LPG will also propose several meetings with the public, as, for example, during the Exposcience Loire-Atlantique event, or the day of the landing of the Mars robot, scheduled on November 26.