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French Science Festival

5.11.2021 – 22.11.2021

The French Science Festival held since 1991, is an annual key event of French scientific culture. In addition to programmes in France, science activities are also held around the world, inviting leading scientists to share French scientific experiences, achievement and latest discoveries to general public. A wide range of scientific fields are covered in the Festival, such as life science, chemistry, electronics, etc. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the French Science Festival. The theme of this year is [BRAIN]STORM, honouring French excellence in neurosciences with topics on feelings, perception and dreams.

A series of featured programmes will be launched to inspire the general public to discover some hidden places in our inner feelings, and experience changes in the perception of our surroundings. Programmes will include "Science Machina" exhibition, virtual reality (VR) experience of "I Will Sleep When I'm Dead", film screening of Mood Indigo with post-screening discussion and children's workshop in brain discovery.

Jointly presented by
Leisure and Cultural Services Department
Consulate General of France in Hong Kong and Macau

Jointly organised by
Science Promotion Unit, Hong Kong Science Museum
Consulate General of France in Hong Kong and Macau


"Science Machina" Exhibition

The "Science Machina" exhibition celebrates science and the incredible machines that have been at the root of some of the most extraordinary discoveries and development in recent years, and which continue to broaden the scope for new possibilities. Telling the story of machines also means turning our attention to the dialogue between humans and machines, between ideas and technology.

The comics is a key component of the exhibition as it depicts scientific machines in an unconventional way, thus bringing together the world of art and science. The French writer Felix Elvis has worked with 12 comics artists to take the research tools used or partly developed by scientists at the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) or the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research (Inserm) to create comics. Each illustration has its own world that reflects the diversity and features of the machines, from the micropump to the supercomputer.

Exhibition Period: 5.11.2021 – 22.11.2021
Opening Hours: 11:00am – 7:00pm
Venue: Outpost, Salisbury Garden, Tsim Sha Tsui
Suitable for: The General Public
Language: English and Chinese
Fee: Free of charge
Enrolment procedures: Visitors are required to register on-site for admission


Virtual Reality Experience of "I Will Sleep When I'm Dead"

This VR experience is presented together with the "Science Machina" exhibition. It is produced by the French artist Jeanne Susplugas, in collaboration with the Institut Francais.

Visitors dive into the brain and navigate by sight amongst neurons and synapses. They get lost in an infinite maze and cross paths with «thoughts» materialised by drawings looking like pictograms. An intimate head to head, closely psychoanalytical, that introduces to an intense and a unique experience.

Date: 6.11.2021 – 21.11.2021 (Every Saturday and Sunday)
Opening Hours: 11:00am – 7:00pm
Venue: Outpost, Salisbury Garden, Tsim Sha Tsui
Suitable for: Ages 13 and up
Language: English and Chinese
Fee: Free of charge
Enrolment procedures: Visitors are required to register on-site for admission


Film Screening of Mood Indigo and Post-screening Discussion

Mood Indigo (2013) synopsis:
The surreal and poetic tale of an idealistic and inventive young man Colin (Romain Duris), and a beautiful young woman Chloe (Audrey Tautou). Their idyllic marriage is turned on its head when Chloe falls sick with a water lily growing in her lung. To pay for her medical bills, Colin must go out to work in a series of increasingly absurd jobs. He hopes to save her lovely wife…[Duration: 131 minutes]

Post-screening Discussion:
Mood Indigo (2013) is a surrealistic romantic fantasy film about a wealthy man, named Colin, tries hard to find a cure for his lover, Chloe, after she's diagnosed with sudden illness. The difficult time distorts their perception of reality. The speaker will decrypt for us the neurobiological mechanisms at work, from emotions to reality adaption mechanisms.

Speaker: Dr. Mateus Joffily (Research Enginneer in neuro-economics, GATE Laboratory, The French National Centre for Scientific Research) (online participation)
Moderator: Dr. Ng Kwok Kwan (Associate Professor, Academy of Film, Hong Kong Baptist University)
Date: 5.11.2021 (Fri)
Time: 6:30 – 9:15pm
Venue: Lecture Hall, Hong Kong Science Museum
Suitable for: The general public
Language: Film screening – In French with Chinese subtitles; Post-screening discussion – In English
Capacity: 250
Fee: Free of charge
Enrolment procedures: Online registration on a first come, first served basis, please click here
Enrolment period: From now until 5.11.2021 (Fri) 12:00nn


"Brain Discovery" Children Workshop

Get ready for some brain-melting, mind-blowing experiments! Flip your brains inside out and learn about the different lobes and respective functions. After discovering the different functions of the brain, we can dissolve brains made with baking soda with a powerful acid-base reaction.
Date: 6.11.2021 (Sat)
Time and suitable for: 2:00 – 3:15pm (for children aged 5 – 8);
4:00 – 5:15pm (for children aged 9 – 12)
Venue: Laboratory, Hong Kong Science Museum
Language: Cantonese
Capacity: 20 for each session
Fee: Free of charge
Enrolment procedures: In-person enrolment starts 45 minutes prior to the workshop at the activity venue on a first come, first served basis


Science Online Tour @ "Science Machina" Exhibition

The curator and assistant curators of Science Promotion Unit will conduct an online guided tour for the "Science Machina" Exhibition of French Science Festival to introduce 12 state-of-the-art science machines and the virtual reality experience "I Will Sleep When I'm Dead".

Date: 13.11.2021 (Sat)
Time: 11:00 – 11:45am
Language: Cantonese

This programme will be broadcast on the Science Museum's Facebook page and YouTube channel. No registration is needed. Please click on the links below to join the live streaming session.

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