July 5, 2017

“Space in my City” 13th edition organized by CNES and Planète Sciences to kick off in Saumur and Calais

From Monday 17 to Friday 22 July, Saumur and Calais will be hosting the Espace dans ma Ville (Space in my City) operation, organized jointly by CNES and non-profit association Planète Sciences. The space outreach and education project aimed at 8-to-14-year-olds will be visiting nine cities across France in support of urban policy aims

CNES and Planète Sciences are supporting urban policy aims by engaging youngsters to arouse their interest in space and science. For a whole week, Espace dans ma Ville (Space in my City) puts on free space-themed events for 8-to-14-year-olds in participating cities to get them thinking about possible careers in science through fun activities, to promote cities and priority neighbourhoods by encouraging social mixing and to help develop long-term local science and technology initiatives.

Such activities cover the full spectrum of space, giving youngsters the chance to build rockets, robots and satellites, and to see what space is all about through a range of events, relating for example to astronaut pool training and recruitment.

Saumur and Calais are taking part in Space in my City for the first time, kicking off the 2017 edition that runs from Monday 17 to Friday 22 July. This year the event will be visiting nine cities: Saumur, Calais, Orléans and Châlons-en-Champagne this summer, then Paris, Aix-en-Provence, Limoges and Vernon in the autumn. Toulouse, the current chair of the Community of Ariane Cities (CVA), is also closely involved and has come up with a packed space programme for the event, for example at the Quai des Savoirs and the Cité de l’Espace space theme park.

Festive events will be going on throughout the week, which will culminate with young teams selected to represent their neighbourhood and city competing against each other. The teams selected for their motivation and creativity will get the chance to visit some of Paris’s emblematic cultural sights.

Space in my City is one of just many educational projects that CNES is pursuing. The Planète Sciences non-profit association is geared towards bringing science and technology culture to youngsters.

Fabienne Lissak     Head of Media                          Tel. 00 33 (1) 44 76 78 37      fabienne.lissak@cnes.fr
Pascale Bresson   press officer                             Tél. 00 33 (1) 44 76 75 39    pascale.bresson@cnes.fr
Raphaël Sart         press officer                              Tél. 00 33 (1) 44 76 74 51            raphael.sart@cnes.fr