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N°29 I quarterly I April 2013 Live from the Labs | Spotlight 7 w Pomey of the Centre Camille-Jullian,4 it will showcase 2600 years of maritime heritage, retracing the techniques, skills, and know-how of Marseille’s earliest shipbuilders and sailors. Another event linked with the city’s historical legacy is the restoration of the Saint Jean fortress. Standing guard over the Old Port of Marseille, this monument will become part of the future Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilizations (MUCEM),5 which will also provide an audiovisual history of the site of the fortress from antiquity to present day. Other exhibitions are planned on a variety of themes (light in Marseille, the universe in Aix-en-Provence, and water in Gardanne). For Valat, “our European Cultural Capital program will give the general public a clearer picture of scientific advances and ongoing research in the region.” A technical committee in charge of event programming and assessment has been set up. Contributors to the local scientific culture—including public research organizations, NGOs, universities, higher-education institutions and the educational sector as a whole—have been mobilized. Projects have been selected following a call for proposals, which drew numerous submissions from CNRS researchers. A dozen projects are being co-produced by MP2013, CNRS, and other partners. In addition, CNRS is hosting its own events, such as conferences held once a month at its Joseph Aiguier campus in Marseille. ONLINE . Practical information: > www.mp2013.fr A windfal fo r the region “Throughout the year, Marseille and Provence will be in the spotlight,” notes Younis Hermès, CNRS regional representative for Provence and Corsica. “This event is an incredible opportunity to highlight the scope of CNRS activities in the region and their relevance to society through the prism of art and culture.” Indeed, MP2013 should have a significant impact both in the short and long term. Many of the events are likely to generate considerable interest, like the “Transhumance” experiment in June, which will draw thousands of people, horses, and sheep on a historical trail to Marseille. The region hopes to attract 10 million visitors this year, 20% more than the annual average. The economic boost will be substantial, not to mention the prestige. The city of Lille, in Northern France, which was European Capital of Culture nine years ago, is still reaping the benefits of the experience. 01. Modèles et simulations pour l’architecture, l’urbanisme et le paysage (CNRS / Ministère de la culture et de la communication). 02. Laboratoire d’astrophysique de Marseille (CNRS / Aix-Marseille Université). LAM is part of the Institut Pythéas (CNRS / Aix-Marseille Université / IRD). 03. “Les couleurs de l'Univers” is on exhibit from April 13 to September 29, at Maison Sainte Victoire, Saint-Antonin-sur-Bayon. 04. CNRS / Aix-Marseille Université / Ministère de la culture et de la communication. 05. The museum, designed by the Marseille-based architect Rudy Ricciotti, is scheduled to open in spring 2013. Contact information: CNRS DR12, Marseille. Karine Baligand > contact.com@dr12.cnrs.fr 02 T he Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilizations will encompass three sites, including the Saint Jean fortress (depicted in the middle of this artist’s rendering). 03 A painting by Bettina Samson, based on astrophysics research. 04 A model of the ancient ship to be reconstructed for the “Prôtis” project. 03 04 © agence aps /Golem Images © cCJ/AMU-CNRS © B. Sams on/ADAGP


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