The awards for scientific and technical culture were created in 1994 by the Ministry of Education, research and technology, to publicize actions aiming to popularize scientific and technical information. The 1998 awards were handed to the winners on February 17, 1999.
The prize is awarded to a
laboratory belonging either to a university or any other public research
organization, which has played a part in acquainting the public with the
methods, results, and challenges of scientific research.
prize: 50,000 FF
CEFREM coordinates the largest
oceanographic program supported by the European commission. CEFREM specializes
in sedimentology and geochemistry, but it has widened its fields of investigation
by promoting a pluridisciplinary approach to environmental sciences. One
of its aims is to publicize knowledge on the integrated study of
the entire Mediterranean region, by emphasizing the vast cultural
wealth of this area. In 1998, this action was conducted in the framework
of the International Ocean Year.
An experimental excavation
project was organized by the archeological team of the university of Toulouse
II-Le Mirail/UMR CNRS 5608, together with the municipality and the elementary
school of Saint-Betrand-de-Comminges. The aim of this experiment, which
took place on a local excavation site, was to introduce children to archeological
research by teaching them how to situate objects in space and time
and methodological principles on a simulated site, imitating a
real situation and created by the archeologists for the purpose.
This prize rewards Jacques
Briard for his work devoted to the publicizing of his lifes achievements
as a researcher. He works at the anthropology laboratory of the University
of Rennes 1/CNRS, specializing in recent prehistory and protohistory (Armorican
and European megalithism, the Bronze Age); he has done much to provide
a better understanding of the megalithic civilization, still poorly known
by the public.
Bernard Sapoval is rewarded
for his work Universalités et fractales, jeux denfants
ou délits d'initiés. He is a specialist in solid
state physics, CNRS research director, and works at the Laboratory of
condensed matter physics of the Ecole Polytechnique. He was director of
this laboratory from 1976 to 1993.
The jury wished to honor Audouin
Dollfus, an internationally renowned astronomer and explorer of the solar
system. A student of Bernard Lyot, he now works at the Paris Observatory.
Dollfus continued Lyots work in many areas, and in particular, he
developed several technical innovations which led to new observations;
thus, polarimetric techniques have made it possible to better monitor
the suns active properties, study the state of the rocks on stars
which do not have an atmosphere, visualize Jupiters clouds and monitor
the seasonal variations of water steam on Mars.
prize: 20,000 FF
teaches physical science and collects instruments used for teaching physics
in schools. He organized this exhibition in 1997 in collaboration with
the Musée du Périgord, in the city of Périgueux.
Since then, it has been shown in many other cities.
prize: 20,000 FF
The game was
designed by Jean-Thierry Winstel, agronomist at the Ministry of Cooperation.
It is based on scientific data and its aim is to foster environmental
and technical information prize (20,000 FF)
The monthly review Ciel et Espace informs the general public about the discoveries made by astronomers, planetologists and astrophysicists, about spatial activities, and gives advice to amateur astronomers. This review is read by readers of all ages and backgrounds. Its circulation is of 50,000 and the information quoted is used as reference. The layout is pleasant and some of the best scientists have contributed articles.
: Ministère de l'Education nationale, de la recherche et de la