Utopiales is an international science fiction festival that celebrates foresight, imagination and innovative technologies. Inserm organises exhibitions, scientific conferences and a short story competition for young audiences.
Utopiales is 4 to 5 days dedicated to science fiction in all its forms: literature, comic books, cinema, games and video games... Every November, sci-fi fans from all over the world gather in Nantes for one of the biggest European festivals.
What makes it unique: linking real science with imaginary worlds, cutting-edge techniques and fictional technologies. A festival to reflect on the future with the tools of science and fiction.
Since 2011, Inserm has been contributing to this reflection during meetings and round tables. Researchers such as Serge Mordon, Mickaël Tanter or Rémy Slama bring their expertise and imagination to bear on topics such as: biomaterials, immortality, man-machine and man-repaired, or artificial intelligences.
For the youngest, the institute organizes a short story competition open to 8-18 year olds. A way of conveying interest in science differently, while encouraging creativity. The three winners win a stay at the Cité des Sciences (high school and primary school prize) or at the Futuroscope (college prize). They will also be able to visit an Inserm research laboratory with their classmates.
Finally, the Institute creates annual exhibitions for Utopiales. Amazing Science, Science machina, ou Que la lumière soigne: Inserm exhibitions that flirt with the limits of science and the beginning of the imagination.