Julien Bobroff is one of the four recipients of the Medals for Scientific Mediation 2022. The medal will be awarded to him on Friday, November 18 in the presence of Sylvie Retailleau, Minister of Higher Education and Research, at the “Centquatre” space in Paris, on the occasion of the launch of “Échappées inattendues, la science racontée par le CNRS”.
Julien Bobroff, a professor at the Laboratoire de Physique des Solides (LPS – CNRS/Univ. Paris-Saclay), has succeeded in making fundamental physics accessible to a wide audience and “sharing physics in a different way”. Julien Bobroff is a physicist of condensed matter, specializing in the quantum properties of matter at low temperature, in particular superconductors. With his colleague Frédéric Bouquet , he created in 2013 at the Solid State Physics Laboratory a unique research team, “La Physique Autrement“, at the border between science, design and art. Surrounded by physicists, designers and artists who work together, the team invents, tests and disseminates original and innovative formats of scientific mediation and also develops new teachings at the university. The objective is to offer another view of science, more tangible and sensitive, less complex, which makes people want to understand, exchange and participate. Confined conferences, a levitating mini-circus, quantum landscapes, the coldest book in the world, 61 ways to measure the height of a building with a smartphone… they have already created nearly 300 projects available to the public.
The CNRS Medal for Scientific Mediation rewards men and women, scientists or research support staff, for their action, whether one-off or permanent, personal or collective, to promote science in society.