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Sounds of Science 2022

A general public scientific lecture by world-renowned French scientists

In English

Národní dům na Vinohradech
Náměstí Míru 9, Prague

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The French Embassy in the Czech Republic and the French Institute in Prague are organizing a general public scientific conference called “Sounds of Science” on June 23rd, 2022. This exceptional event will bring together three leading French scientists: 


They will present the latest scientific concepts in their respective disciplines in an accessible way for the general public, from high school students to researchers.

A musical performance by the renowned French pianist, composer and musicologist Karol Beffa will complement this scientific programme, including the screening of a 1920 silent movie by René Clair, "Paris qui dort/ The Crazy Ray", with improvised piano accompaniment.

This event will be held in English.

Moderator: Daniel Stach (Česká televize).

Final programme

[17:00 – 17:15] Welcome addresses

  • Mr Alexis Dutertre, Ambassador of France to the Czech Republic
  • Ms Eva Zažímalová, President of the Czech Academy of Sciences
  • Ms Milena Králíčková, Rector of the Charles University
  • Mr Pavel Matějka, Rector of the University of Chemistry and Technology

[17:15 – 17:50] Presentation by Prof. Jean-Marie LEHN “Steps Towards Life: Chemistry plays the score!” and discussion

[17:50 – 17:55] Musical performance by Karol Beffa

[17:55 – 18:25] Presentation by Prof. Jean TIROLE “Economics for the Common Good” and discussion

[18:25 – 18:30] Musical performance by Karol Beffa

[18:30 – 19:00] Break

[19:00 – 19:30] Presentation by Prof. Thomas EBBESEN “The Alchemy Of Vacuum” and discussion

[19:30 – 20:30] Screening of the French silent science fiction comedy "Paris qui dort/ The Crazy Ray"; directed by René Clair, with improvised piano accompaniment by Karol Beffa.

The complete presentation program can be downloaded here 

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