It’s six years (May 4, 2015 posting) since I last featured the Science & You conference here. Science & You 2021 (hosted by l’Université de Lorraine) will be held in Robert Schuman Conference Center in Metz (France), 16 – 19 November 2021.

Before launching into any details about this year’s program, here’s a little information from the Science & You About (Who we are) page,

For the University of Lorraine, the ambition behind Science & You is to bring closer science and citizens in order to raise awareness on science culture’s societal stakes.

Following the Journées Hubert Curien Conference, Science & You is an international science culture event addressed to professionals (researchers, PhD students, heads of museums and science centers, science communicators and journalists…), and open to the general public.

The event is made of 4 concurrent parts:

– a congress dedicated to science culture, supervised by an international scientific committee,

– a formation on how to master science communication techniques, addressed to international PhD students,  

– a “science & culture” forum, which showcases innovative actions of science communication,

– a series of cultural events addressed to the general public, disseminated across the region.

Science & You’s first edition took place in Nancy (France) form 1st to 6th June 2015, and gathered 1000 congressists, 115 PhD students, and 10 000 visitors of the general public.

Consequently to this success, partnerships have been made with science dissemination structures on an international level. The first franchised edition of Science & You took place in Montréal in May 2017, in partnership with Acfas – Association francophone pour le savoir, ahead of their annual congress. 

NAIS – National Academy of Innovation Strategy – has organized Science & You’s second franchised edition in Beijing in September 2018. 

Here are Keynote Speakers from the 2021 program (Note: I was not able to successfully copy and paste a photo for Michel Dubois),


Thursday, November 18th, 10h15-11h15

Gérald Bronner, The authority of science is under threat from conspiracy theories

Gerald Bronner, Paris Diderot University, France

Wednesday, November 17th, 10h15-11h15

Michel Dubois, “Changing your genes? “The challenges of science communication in face the social life of the epigenetics and genetic engineering [sic]

Michel Dubois, GEMASS (CNRS, Lettres Sorbonne University), France

Tuesday, November 16th, 11h00-12h00

Gordon Gauchat, Science, culture and change: public perceptions of science in the US over the past 50 years

Gordon Gauchat, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, United States

Friday, November 19th, 10h15-11h15

Mehita Iqani, Challenges of science communication in South Africa

Mehita Iqani, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

Thursday, November 18th, 11h15-12h15

Kyoko Sato, Science communication during the Covid-19 pandemic: East/West comparison

Kyoko Sato, Stanford University, United States

Friday, November 19th, 15h30-16h30

Peter Weingart, Trust or attention – tensions between science communication and public relations

Peter Weingart, Bielefeld University, Germany

This, like many other conferences these days, is a hybrid event, i.e., some combination of in-person and virtual events.

Here’s more from the Practical information and Registration webpage,

The fees include registration for both the “Journées Hubert Curien” Conference and the “Science and Culture” Forum.

They include :
> access to all the conferences and workshops of the JHC Conference 
> access to the professional Forum
> coffee breaks
> badges
> participation certificate

Health situation Covid-19: in case the Conference is held partly or completely online for health reasons, fees will remain unchanged.

Informations [sic] regarding other delegates:

Science&You will offer the possibility to attend the scientific programme by videoconference, for all registered delegates who will not be able to physically be present at the Conference. In that case, an individual link will be sent by the organizing team a few days before the Conference. 

Good luck to the organizers (I get the impression they strongly prefer a fully in-person conference).