Culture and sharing of knowledge

Culture and the sharing of knowledge are two strategic objectives for developing links between the university community and society. They encourage students, staff, lecturer-researchers and researchers to share their knowledge and initiatives with the wider public.

Student initiatives

In the context of the IDEX Vie de Campus programme, the Université Fédérale Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées is using student initiative support funds, (FSIE, Fonds de Soutien aux Initiatives Étudiantes) to encourage students from the Midi-Pyrenees region to invest in community.

The aim of this support fund is:

  • to build community and develop inter-establishment student initiatives that have an impact on the Midi-Pyrenees region;
  • to allow students to shape university and local life, by financially supporting projects for students on the university site and, more widely, the university or regional community (opening the university up to the city).

The 57 funded projects all benefit the general interests of the Midi-Pyrenees university community, or aim to encourage the involvement of the public.

The projects concern all areas of art and culture, of scientific and technical culture, citizens' initiatives, solidarity, campus activities, improving the quality of student life, and have an inter-university vocation.

Exploreur - Scientific magazine of the Université Fédérale Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées

Teaching personnel, researchers, professor-researchers, engineers, technicians, administrative personnel, PhD and undergraduate students, this is your magazine.

A real information chain has let us create this new tool covering universities, 'grandes écoles' and research organisations, which tells you what's happening in research centres and laboratories in Toulouse and Midi-Pyrénées.

Exploreur - Magazine scientifique de l'Université Fédérale Toulouse Midi-PyrénéeExploreur n°2 - le défi climatique

The passion of all the sciences

By Marie-France Barthet, President of Université Fédérale Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées

In both France and abroad, Toulouse and Midi-Pyrénées are incontestably, and for a long time, synonyms for top level scientific and technological research. The Nobel Prize for Economics awarded to Jean Tirole in 2014 is the most recent and brilliant illustration.

Today, we are offering a form of media that gives you a panoramic view of the extraordinary productive richness of 200 laboratories in our region: Exploreur, the scientific magazine of the Université Fédérale Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées. An ancestral University that covers all the scientific topics in the broadest sense. We invite you to cross the bridges between men and women scientists in all fields, in all kinds of establishment and on all UFTMP campuses in our magazine that comes out three times a year in French and once a year in English. In our case studies, we have both in-depth articles and ground-breaking news.

Other pages delve into remarkable scientific projects and studies, unique figures, federation actions on an international level, the doctorates... even the valorisation of research, in both an economic and societal sense. All with a common denominator: a passion for science and technology. A passion that can be seen in cultural expressions and exhibitions of science and techniques, which we try to echo.

We also wish for Exploreur to become, for government ministers and supervisory bodies, funding agencies, collectivities and the business world, a precious indicator of the regional dynamism in research and innovation. Its distribution to secondary school heads helps strengthen the attractivity of science, literature, humanities and the social sciences as subjects of study. And last but not least, the annual issue in English takes the best articles on Midi-Pyrénées research to shine as beacons to the whole world.

The high editorial and graphic standards of our magazine equal that of the best printed scientific magazines. This is your chance to discover Exploreur and to pass on the word. I wish you happy reading.

Mondes Sociaux magazine

Mondes Sociaux is a French-speaking digital magazine that aims to contribute to the international circulation of knowledge and better visibility within and beyond the academic world in Humanities and Social Sciences, while also enlightening people on societal questions and debates about ideas.

Mondes Sociaux

Mondes Sociaux publishes short articles (10,000 characters in all) that summarise such work which has already been published in the academic world (book, articles, chapters, etc.) and which merits the attention of non-academic readers. It is published by the SMS labex.


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Academic scientific heritage

Higher education establishments and research organisations in the Université Fédérale Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées are taking action to safeguard their scientific heritage. The aim of the IDEX Culture et Diffusiondes Savoirs programme (cultivating and sharing knowledge) is to highlight the value their initiatives and increase awareness of their funds, sites and heritage collections.

Inventories report

In autumn 2013, establishments belonging to the Université Fédérale Toulouse Midi-Pyrenees sanctioned the formation of a cross-disciplinary working group, made up of recognised specialists likely to provide an enlightened view of the Toulouse University's academic heritage. This working group, called "Patrimoine culturel universitaire" (Academic cultural heritage), from April to December 2014 and with the support of the Diffusion de la Culture des Sciences et des Techniques department (DCST, department sharing technological and scientific culture), led a study to better understand of the extent of the University's various collections. The fruit of numerous contributions and extensive work collecting and analysing information, this large-scale, pioneering study aims to reveal the range of rich academic heritage of the education and research establishments on the Toulouse site.

A report has been produced to support these initiatives in favour of the cultural heritage of the University of Toulouse, to accelerate the process of recognising and reintegrating of university's cultural heritage at the heart of research, innovation and the sharing of knowledge.

Creation of the PUCES project*

* Academic, Cultural and Scientific Heritage

Since their formation, higher education and research establishments have created and developed an undisputed wealth of heritage. However, this heritage remains misunderstood, dispersed and partly in danger.

The aim of the PUCES initiative revolves around a range of exhibition spaces within the establishments of the Midi-Pyrenees site itself.

The general objectives 

  • to share the knowledge generated by the establishment
  • to promote and enhance the university's image
  • to respond to the need for recognising academic scientific heritage

More specifically

  • to improve and multiply systems for  appreciating the history of science, technology and innovation in universities and engineering schools
  • to highlight instrumental funds, natural collections and preserved archives, books and iconography
  • to raise awareness among students, researchers and staff through this initiative of transmitting and sharing knowledge
  • to forge links between establishments in the interest of interdisciplinarity and shared ambition
  • to echo the Quai des savoirs situated at 39 allées Jules Guesde, as it showcases education and research for the general public

The methodology

  • The "Faraday" space, in the lobby of the Maison de la Recherche et de la Valorisation

This year, the "Exposition Planck : aux origines de l’Univers" (Planck exhibition: the origins of the Universe), thanks to a Faraday cage, looks at the Planck satellite, partially developed at the Research Institute in Astrophysics and Planetology (IRAP). Its aim is to measure, with a great degree of accuracy, the fossil radiation present in the Universe and to provide a detailed temperature map of this electromagnetic radiation emitted shortly after the big bang. The exhibition, in partnership with the IRAP, CNES, CNRS and Canopée Agency, will be open from October 2015 until August 2016.

  • A call for expressions of interest to provide support of up to €10,000 for establishment-based projects to improve or put in place a permanent exhibition space in connection with the history, research and educational activities of the site.

The curious curious visits

Have you ever experienced having certain teachers at school who used examples from daily life, or literature, to explain their lessons, or who told you anecdotes and stories often mixed with fantasy or humour? With the "Curieuse visite curieuse", we're blending scientific and historical content on a guided tour, with a little added imagination, fantasy, humour and poetry.

This project has been developed in partnership with Les Anachroniques, the Chemins Buissonniers, La Gargouille, the AGIT (Association des Guides Interprètes du Tarn, (the Tarn Association of interpreter-guides)), Enquête de Patrimoine and the Federal University's DCST department for sharing technological and scientific culture via the IDEX culture and sharing of knowledge programme which, since 2012, has been designing a programme of visits dedicated to the discovery of university heritage for the general public in relationship with stakeholders in research and education, during cultural events: the Novela festival, the Fête de la Science festival, heritage day, student week, industry week etc. This offer of scientific mediation enables students and the general public to better  understand the riches of our little know academic heritage.

With the support and involvement of various organisations and laboratories throughout the academic years 2013-2014, 2014-2015 and 2015-2016, tours or theatrical visits covering the whole Midi-Pyrenees region provide insight into a wide range of themes: the presence of medicine in Toulouse, water, writing, etc.

Stakeholders from the sites visited, involved in designing and setting up visits, include: the Formation Vie Etudiante (student-life training) department and the École des Docteurs (School of Doctors) from the Federal University, Espace culturel (cultural space) from the University of Toulouse 1 Capitole, the research support department from the University of Toulouse - Jean Jaurès, the culture cluster and department for laboratory support from the University of Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier, the communications department from the Jean-François Champollion University Center for Education and Research, Albi, the communications adviser from the École des Mines d'Albi  (Albi school of mines), the Institut de Mécanique des Fluides de Toulouse (IMFT (The Toulouse Institute of Fluid Mechanics) - CNRS /ENSEEIHT-INP / University Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier, Musée des Ecritures du Monde de Figeac (the Figeac museum of world scriptures), the Fermat Science association,  the town of Bagnères de Bigorre, and the communications department of the CNRS , Inra and Inserm.

The work is being carried out in three phases

  • The first phase is that of researching and building the content in connection with the DCST department to identify the associated scientists and draft tour project with the involvement of three people (guide, actor and scientist);
  • It is then time for rehearsals, to test the chosen form and interactions, practising off-site and in-situ;
  • Then comes the presentation to the public, walking around and taking in their reactions and comments.

Contemporary Scientific and Technological Heritage - PATSTEC

In the context of its efforts to safeguard the contemporary scientific and technological heritage of the Midi-Pyrenees , since 2004 the Federal University of Toulouse has been highlighting the value of research from the 1950s to the present day through its instrumental heritage and the memory of its researchers. These PATSTEC efforts are part of a national project entrusted to the museum of arts and crafts in 2003. Http://

This work could not be possible without the awareness of higher education and research establishments putting in place a  network of representative scientists gathering at the annual steering committee and a scientific council.

The objectives are to identify and document evidence of contemporary science in laboratories, building the national PATSTEC database and a collection of testimonials from those involved in research in the Midi-Pyrénees. The IDEX Culture et Diffusion des Savoirs programme has facilitated the provision of these resources to the public through exhibitions, films, publications, and even of workshops dedicated to scientific culture.

Scientific culture

Agenda for the Culture of Science and Technology

The Agenda for the Culture of Science and Technology of the Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées Federal University relays only the scientific and technological information that directly involves members of the Community of Universities and Institutions of Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées, on the campuses or outside.

The agenda includes two types of event information: one is directed at a wide audience, and the other is intended to inform the student community, teachers and researchers from the institutions of the Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées Federal University. The aim is to streamline the links between disciplines and people.

The European Researchers' Night

With the European Researchers' Night, the establishments of the Université Fédérale Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées have committed themselves for the last two years to an event showcasing scientific and technical culture on a national and international scale.

Sharing the world of research with a curious public

Initiated by the European Commission, the Researchers' Night is an invitation for the public - great and small - and researchers to gather together. The aim of this event is to present science in all its dimensions, exploring new forms of dialogue between researchers and the public, far from mere concepts, in a friendly atmosphere. At an evening event, the Researcher's Night offers to inspire dreams of science, to plunge the visitor into an atmosphere that wakens their imagination while tackling the field of research from the point of view of those that engage in it. Researchers are at the heart of the gathering, and the hosts of the evening.

Promoting scientific excellence through a unifying project

By choosing to organize the European Researchers Night in Toulouse and Albi, in the context of the IDEX Vie de  Campus (campus life) programme, since 2014 the Université Fédérale Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées and its partners have been committed to an ambitious, unifying and innovative event-based project that meets several objectives:

  • to share and enhance knowledge and to promote scientific excellence among the general public;
  • to unify all establishments at the Université Fédérale Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées and encourage interdisciplinarity;
  • to showcase the dynamism of research in the Midi-Pyrenees and thereby promote and enhance the image of the University on a national and international scale;
  • to act on the university's regional sites;
  • to raise awareness among students, researchers and staff through this initiative of disseminating and sharing knowledge.                                                                   

The strong mobilisation of researchers and growing success among the public

In 2014 and 2015, more than 400 researchers - including 165 PhD students - from all disciplines, ranging from archaeology to physics and chemistry, sociology, economics, law, medicine and mathematics, have mobilised themselves and come to share their passion for research with the general public, in Toulouse and Albi. In a friendly and festive atmosphere, and through range of fun activities, 7800 visitors have met with researchers to better understand their work, discover their expertise and share a special moment of discovery with them.

By opening upincredible places of cultural life in Toulouse and Albi, the European Researchers' Night has successfully brought scientific and technical culture to the very heart of the city, close to its citizens.