This year’s Fête de la Science in France lasted three weeks, from 26 September to 19 October, and – in celebration of the International Year of Crystallography – included a fun selection of crystallography-based events throughout Grenoble.
Local activities – including a mesmerizing ‘Crystal mob’ flashmob at Université Grenoble – culminated in an Open Day held jointly by EMBL Grenoble and the neighbouring Institut de Biologie Structurale on 18 October. More than 150 visitors practised their skills as wannabe bacteriologists or tried their hand at fishing protein crystals under a microscope.
“It was an interesting experience,” says Alice Aubert, a research technician in the Berger Group, who acted as guide for a tour of the labs. “People were asking questions and were willing to participate, which created a nice atmosphere.”