DE SURVILLE Marie-Pierre
Deputy General Director
The city of Paris boasts two prestigious centers promoting science and technology, the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie and the Palais de la Découverte. They have joined forces in 2010 to create a new institution: Universcience.
We could allow the figures to speak for themselves: with more than 3 million visitors in 2011, Universcience is still France's fourth public cultural institution and Europe's leading science center – without even taken into account its 9 million visitors online. Yet these figures alone do not convey the immense enthusiasm and pleasure enjoyed by our visitors – young and old – as they discover or rediscover totally original, exciting ways of seeing, touching and understanding science.
Universcience's temporary exhibitions, permanent areas, entertaining events, conferences, publications and online content, provide diversified channels of access to the fascinating world of scientific and technical culture. Our interactive and learning-fun method provides the visitors with a different approach to the challenge of "science on the move"!
At Universcience, the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie (La Cité) has developed a unique experience. Over 25 years of working with its partners in five continents have broadened La Cité's insight into a comprehensive knowledge of local realities and concerns. La Cité is currently developing partnerships with science centers, as well as shopping malls, genuine proof of the recognised quality of our skills and specialist experience.
We know, based on our 20 years experience of presentations in the shopping centers (such as travelling exhibitions, temporary events…) and now permanent equipment, that there is a real and increasing request for cultural and educational attractions, in mixed-used projects.
Taking into account this trend, La Cité has made its skills and expertise available to shopping centers and incorporates their specific requirements and goals through the development of its innovative concept dedicated to children from 2 to 12 years old: "La Cité des enfants" (the children's city) .