Section: Dissemination


F. Masseglia is now “Chargé de mission pour la médiation scientifique Inria” and heads Inria's national network of colleagues involved in science popularization.

Zenith has major contributions to science popularization, as follows.

Code Teaching for Kids

Teaching code is now officially in the school programs in France. Class'Code is a PIA project that aims at training the needed 300,000 teachers and professionals of education France. The project is a hybrid MOOC (both online courses and physical meetings).

Along with Class'Code, the association “La main à la pâte” has coordinated the writing of a school book on the teaching of computer science teaching, with Inria (Gilles Dowek, Pierre-Yves Oudeyer, Florent Masseglia and Didier Roy), France-IOI and the University of Lorraine. The book has been requested by and distributed to 15,000 readers in less than one month.

F. Masseglia is giving a doctoral training at different doctoral schools in Montpellier, in order to train facilitators for helping teachers and people of the education world to better understand the "computational thinking". So far, 12 people have been trained. He is also a member of the management board of "Les Petits Débrouillards" in Languedoc-Roussillon and the scientific responsible for school visits in the LIRMM laboratory.

Science Outreach

In the context of the Floris'tic project, A. Joly participates regularly to the set up of popularization, educational and citizen science actions in France (with schools, cities, parks, etc.). The softwares developed within the project (Pl@ntNet, Smart’Flore and ThePlantGame) are used in a growing number of formal educational programs and informal educational actions of individual teachers. For instance, Smart’Flore is used by the French National Education in a program for reducing early school leaving. Pl@ntNet app is used in the Reunion island in an educational action called Vegetal riddle organized by the Center for cooperation at school. It is also planned to be used in a large-scale program in the Czech republic that is being finalized (in 40 classrooms). An impact study of the Pl@ntNet application did show that 6% of the respondents use it for educational purposes in the context of their professional activity. The Inria movie “Pl@ntNet, the application that helps people identify plants” enjoyed about 350 thousand views on Youtube.


Zenith participated to the following events:

  • F. Masseglia co-organized and co-animated the Inria's stand at “La fête de la science”, Montpellier, held by Genopolys (a science village).

  • F. Masseglia is member of the project selection committee for “La fête de la science” in Montpellier.

  • M. Servajean and A. Joly animated a stand at “La fête de la science”, Montpellier, held by the LIRMM laboratory.

  • A. Joly and J. Champ participated to the set-up of a Pl@ntNet demo within the French pavillon at the Universal Exposition hold in Milan (about 2M visitors on the French pavillon).

  • As a member of the organizing committee of the Floris'tic project, A. Joly participated to several popularization and educational actions in collaboration with Tela Botanica NGO (cities, parks, schools, etc.).

  • P. Valduriez published an article in Interstices on “the data in question” [58].