Astronomical Events: From May to July 2019, The Universe is coming to Lyon!

This year, the 2019 European Astrophysics Week will be organized in Lyon by the CRAL (Astrophysics Research Center of Lyon) from June 24 to June 28, 2019. An exceptional program of events, for everyone to enjoy, will celebrate astronomy for three months from May to July. There will be a host of exhibitions, lectures, round table discussions and even a picnic, to study the planets that surround us, diving into the sciences of the Universe and taking us on a journey to discover the secrets of the macrocosmos!

European Week of Astronomy and Space Science 2019 (EWASS 2019) brings together the entire European community in astronomy and astrophysics. This year, the largest conference in Europe in this field will be organized in France, for the second time since 1999, and for the first time in Lyon, by the Center for Astrophysical Research in Lyon (CRAL) [1], with the Lyon Geology Laboratory (LGL-TPE) [2] and the Lyon Institute of Nuclear Physics (IPNL) [3], under the aegis of the European Astronomical Society (EAS). The event will contribute to the visibility of science in the city of Lyon, bringing together 1,200 to 1,400 scientists, from Europe but also from all over the world, with a total of nearly 850 events led by specialists in the field.

Discover the scientific program for the EWASS 2019 conference

Come and meet top international specialists in astronomy (ESA, ESO, SKA, Euclid...).

For this exceptional scientific event in Lyon, the Local Organizational Committee of EWASS 2019 (Manager: Isabelle Vauglin) [4] has organized an ambitious program of scientific events to introduce the general public and schools to French astrophysics research, with the goal of promoting science and its major societal issues to a wider audience. For three months, from May to July 2019, everyone will have a chance to find out more about our Universe.

  • From May to June 2019 - Exhibition 100th anniversary of the 1919 eclipse: proof of Einstein’s theory of relativity , prior inscription required at the library of the historical site of the Lyon Observatory in Saint-Genis-Laval.
  • Wednesday 5 June 2019 at 2 PM - Award ceremony for The Little Prince and Astronomy Competition for Schools , at the "Briscope" in Brignais.
  • From 28 May to 22 June 2019 - Exhibition The Euclid Space Mission , at the Science Library (Bibliothèque de l’Université (BU) Sciences) at Université Lyon 1 in Villeurbanne.
  • From 23 to 30 June 2019 - COSMOGRAFF’: Voyage through the Solar System exhibition , with the DéMesures association, for the festival "Tout l’monde dehors" (Everyone outside!) of the city of Lyon, on the Raymond Barre bridge in Lyon.
  • Saturday 22 June and Tuesday 25 June 2019 at 7:30 PM - Video web competition on astronomy and space and Impro’ Sciences and Battle comic strip evening , for the festival "À nous de voir" at the MJC cultural center in Oullins, at the MJC cultural center in Oullins.
  • Thursday 27 June 2019 at 8 PM - Evening-debate The return of the obscure and fake news , at the Planetarium at Vaulx-en-Velin, advanced reservation recommended.
  • Friday 28 June 2019 at 7 PM - Public conference Inhabitable worlds in the solar system by Athena Coustenis, astrophysicist at LESIA (Observatory of Paris), at the Musée des Confluences.
  • 22 and 23 June 2019 - Public picnic Let’s observe the sun , for the festival "Tout l’monde dehors" (Everyone outside!) of the City of Lyon: 22 and 23 June 2019, at the Parc de Gerland and the 22 June at the Parc de la Tête d’Or.
  • Friday 5 July 2019 at 7 PM - Round Table (Re)Discover women’s talents! for the FIFA/WWC, at Lyon City Hall (Hôtel de Ville); advanced reservation required.

Discover the whole program and how to enroll on the CRAL website

These events also mark the 50th anniversary of the Man on the Moon, 80 years since the beginning of CNRS as well as the 100th year of the Parisian International Astronomic Union (UAI) in 1919.

The organization of the EWASS 2019 symposium in Lyon is also an opportunity to show the key role played by the Université Lyon 1, CNRS and ENS laboratories in astrophysics research worldwide to the international astronomical community. This research in the city of Lyon contributes to some of the major advances in science of the Universe, including the discovery of the most distant individual star ever observed, the realization of the largest interactive map of the Universe or to help choose the landing site for ExoMars 2020 to search for traces of life on Mars.

They are part of the scientific project of The LabEx [5] LIO - Institute of Origins in Lyon, that has developed an original and innovative approach to the question of origins: such as matter, large-scale properties of the Universe, large cosmic structures or the solar system.


  • Centre de recherche astrophysique de Lyon (Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1 / CNRS / ENS de Lyon)
  • Laboratoire de géologie de Lyon - Terre, Planètes, Environnement (ENS de Lyon / CNRS / Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1)
  • Institut de physique nucléaire de Lyon (CNRS / Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1)
  • Comité d’Organisation : Isabelle Vauglin (Chair), Jenny Sorce (Co-Chair), Cathy Quantin-Nataf (Co-Chair), David Carton, Johan Richard, Anna Feltre, Philippe Prugniel, Yannick Copin
  • Press contacts

    Béatrice DIAS
    Communication director
    Université Lyon 1

    Isabelle Vauglin
    Local Organization Committee Manager of EWASS 2019
    Astrophysicist - Centre de Recherche Astrophysique de Lyon - Observatoire de Lyon

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