The « Ecole de la médiation », or Explainers’ training school, is an Universcience’s professional training space for explainers. It is sustained by the French government through the Investments for Future Programme, a multi-billion euros project established in 2009 to prepare France for the challenges of tomorrow (competitiveness, environment, energy, health, etc.) and to increase its growth potential by investing in higher education and training, research, industry and SMEs, sustainable development and digitization.
Lead by Universcience, 7 partners from the French science culture field work together at the Explainers’ training school: the universities Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines and ParisVII-Diderot; science centers and science culture associations (Les Petits débrouillards, Planète Sciences, Traces, Universcience’s education and training department); and the professional training center CNAM (National Conservatory of Arts and Crafts).
The Explainers’ training school’s main goal is to bring awareness on the science explainers’ professional situation, the skills required and the training need of these professionals. Since 2012, the project conceives training modules, conducts studies on explainers’ practices and organizes appropriate vocational training for explainers all around France and the world for science museums, science centers and associations.
The training courses can last from 1 to 3 days. All of the Explainers’ training school’s educators are certified experts and use innovate teaching methods.
3 courses’ programs in English:
- Open ended activities (PDF, 230ko)
- From a dialogue to the creation of a project: Publics participation in science communication (PDF, 390ko)
- Organizing job presentations with scientists (PDF, 232ko)