Pessac: GeoDock, a center that will allow access to research work

The GeoDock, inaugurated on December 5th, will open to the public in January. It will provide visitors with access to the work of CNRS researchers, academics, and Bordeaux laboratories. All the news from your region in real-time on our app.

In Bordeaux, science is opening up to the public. To schoolchildren, students, families, and anyone who is curious to understand. The GeoDock, located within the Maison des Suds on the campus of the University of Bordeaux Montaigne in Pessac, was inaugurated on December 5th and will open to the public in January to share the knowledge produced by researchers. The event brought together Antoine Petit, CEO of CNRS; Gérard Blanchard, Vice President of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine Region in charge of research; and Claudio Galderisi, Deputy Rector for Higher Education.

The GeoDock, a partnership between CNRS and Bordeaux universities, funded by the Nouvelle-Aquitaine Region, will make available to the public, initially, the documents from the Epoc laboratory (Environments and Oceanic and Continental Paleoenvironments), through the exhibition « Speleothems, archives of the climate ». In the future, other disciplines, particularly in the humanities and with the National School of Architecture and Landscape, will also open their collections. Workshops and meetings will be scheduled.

According to Antoine Petit, « science can answer societal questions to provide insights, a better understanding of issues, and combat fake news or conspiracy theories. But for this, science must be able to explain how knowledge is built. Therefore, there is a need for places where researchers and the public can exchange. GeoDock is a rare tool ».

« GeoDock is exemplary for the interdisciplinary opportunities it offers », said Younis Hermes, regional delegate of CNRS. During the inauguration, the director of the Passages laboratory, Véronique André-Lamat, announced that GeoDock « will evolve into a place open to decision-makers and local authorities » because the documents will be valuable tools to aid in political decision-making.

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