Digital November 2020 (Novembre Numérique) “Univers/e” is landing in Hong Kong! [fr] [中文]

For the 4th edition of Digital November in Hong Kong, the festival dedicated to the best of French digital creation, the Consulate General of France in Hong Kong and Macau has decided to honour French excellence in space research.

This edition, which will take place from 6 to 16 November, will be punctuated by a series of interactive events open to all: virtual reality exhibitions, screenings, workshops and conferences on the theme of "Univers/e". See below the complete programme.

Programme Run Down

Hong Kong Space Museum

The Hong Kong Space Museum will showcase the Virtual Reality artworks from France, brought by Institut Français, host an online inaugural conference and screening of two space documentaries for the event.
Event page at Hong Kong Space Museum:

1. Virtual Reality Exhibition
HALL OF COSMOS - 06 to 16 Nov 2020

The exhibition features six VR (Virtual Reality) French creations to offer VR experiences on astronomy and space science. Find all the details in the e-brochure below:

  • Odyssey 1.4.9
  • Overview
  • Planet infini
  • X.Y.Z
  • Sphères
  • Being an astronaut

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2. Inaugural conference “Advances and challenges in space research”
Lecture Hall G/F - 07 Nov 2020 – 3pm

Join us at the inaugural conference on the at the Hong Kong Space Museum. Two prominent female French speakers Fatoumata Kebe, astrophysist & Laura André-Boyet, astronaut instructor from ESA - European Space Agency will share with us the advances and challenges in the field of space research and approach the topic through their own experience and point of view.
Venue : Lecture Hall, G/F, Hong Kong Space Museum
Time : 15:00 7th Nov 2020 (Sat)
If you cannot join us physically at the museum, go to our facebookand watch the live!

3. Screening of the documentary "16 Sunrises"
Lecture Hall G/F - 08 Nov 2020 – 3pm (Limited place, free seating)

Thomas Pesquet is a European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut of French nationality. He spent six-months on the International Space Station (ISS) between November 2016 and June 2017 serving as flight engineer for Expeditions 50 and 51. He is now training for his next six-month mission, called Alpha, to be launched to the Space Station in a Dragon spacecraft in 2021.

The documentary, "16 Sunrises" records Thomas Pesquet’s first mission in space, 450 kilometres from Earth, for six months in 2016 where the world seems to fade into the unknown. A dialogue is woven between the astronaut and Saint Exupéry’s visionary book "The Little Prince", which he took with him on the space station.
Watch the trailer here:

4. Screening of the documentary “Cosmics Flows”
Lecture Hall G/F - 15 Nov 2020 – 7pm (Limited place, free seating)

“Cosmics Flows” is directed by François-Xavier Vives with the participation of the astrophysicist Hélène Courtois, produced by Camera Lucida Productions

Man has always sought to seek further afield. After the seafaring explorers of the 16th century, 21st century cosmologists today navigate more celestial oceans, with each mission providing an ever-broader and more impressive cartography of our surroundings. At the avant garde of modern technology, these strange travellers are actually immobile, and their vessels are powerful and spectacular telescopes, on the Earth or in space, constantly widening the limits of our knowledge and giving form to our dreams of infinity.
Watch the trailer here:

COSMIC FLOWS, The cartographers of the universe | TRAILER from CPB Films | CLPB Rights on Vimeo.

Screening of "Proxima" at Broadway Cinémathèque, Yau Ma Tei

The screening of the film "Proxima"

Broadway Cinémathèque, 3 Public Square St, Yau Ma Tei - 14 Nov 2020 - 3pm

Register now (limited places, free seating, please collect your ticket at the cinematheque 15 mins before the screening):

The screening of the film "Proxima" by Alice Winocour with Eva Green, will be followed by a conference on the truthfulness of scientific statements made in fiction films animated by Ms. Ying Zhu, Director of the Film and Moving Image Research Centre at the Film Academy of the Baptist University of Hong Kong and in the presence of
- Mrs. Lucie Leboulleux, post-doctoral researcher at Paris Observatory on the design of optical instruments for imaging extra-solar planets. She is also involved in the cause of women in science and has published several articles on the subject;
- Ms. Anastasia Rostan, Senior Lecturer at the University of Paris (CERILAC laboratory) who is preparing a doctoral thesis on the representation of space in cinema.

Proxima is a 2019 French drama film, directed by Alice Winocour.
The films stars Eva Green as Sarah, a woman trying to balance her work as an astronaut preparing for a year-long stint on the International Space Station with her family life as mother to an eight-year-old daughter Stella (Zélie Boulant). It also stars Lars Eidinger as Thomas, her ex-husband and Stella’s father; Matt Dillon as Mike, her colleague, who is dismissive of her abilities as an astronaut; and Sandra Hüller as Wendy, a psychologist helping to guide Sarah and Stella through the complexities of the situation.

The film was shot in various real training facilities of the European Space Agency.

Science Café Kids Workshop at Alliance Française de Hong Kong

Science Café Kids Workshop
Alliance Française de Hong Kong – Centre of Jordan, media library - 7 Nov 2020 2.15 p.m. – 3.30 p.m.
Register here:
In the presence of Dr. Hoi Fung David Yu from the Faculty of Science of the University of Hong Kong.
Let the children discover the main space objects: solar system, planets, moon, galaxies, black holes... and the French key words (especially the days of the week linked to the solar system). They will then be able to illustrate these words with a creative medium of your choice (watercolour, cartoons, drawings).

Scientific Conferences with university partners

1. The Women in Science & Engineering (WISE) Organization of the University of Hong Kong
Topic : The Role of Women in Science
RSVP to join us on 10th November 2020 from 3 to 4.30 pm online!
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The HKU Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) and the Consulate General of France in Hong Kong and Macau are highlighting the place of women in science, and more specifically, in the field of space research. The conference consists of a discussion between Dr Fatoumata Kébé, a French astrophysicist specialising in space debris, Laura André-Boyet, a French astronaut instructor at ESA, and Dr Ruolan Jin, a post-doctoral researcher in astrophysics at the HKU Faculty of Science. The discussion will be moderated by Dr Jane Li Xin Dai, astrophysicist at the Faculty of Science of the HKU. The discussion will be followed by a time of exchange with the public on the speakers’ backgrounds.

2. Chinese University of Hong Kong
Topic: "From the Night Sky to the God Particle - 11 Nov 2020 4:30 – 5:45 pm
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As part of this conference, French astrophysics researcher Fatoumata Kébé, a specialist in space debris, will have a conversation entitled "From the Night Sky to the God Particle" with Professor Luis Flores Castillo, an astrophysics researcher in the Department of Physics at the CUHK. This conversation will be followed by an exchange time allowing the public to ask questions on the subject.

3. Laboratory for Space Research of the University of Hong Kong
Topic: UNIVERS/E: Ghostly Relics of Dying Stars - 12 Nov 2020 5:00 – 6:15 pm
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Meeting ID: 583 971 6513

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Organised in partnership with the University of Hong Kong, astronomy doctor Fatoumata Kébé, a specialist in space debris, and Professor Quentin Parker will have a conversation on the theme of planetary nebulae. This exchange will be followed by a question-and-answer session with the audience.

Microwave International New Media Arts Festival

Exhibition about the Forensic architecture
Exhibition Hall, Hong Kong City Hall - 30 Oct 2020 - 15 Nov 20
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Two prominent French speakers for this edition

Fatoumata Kébé

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Affiliated researcher at the SETI institute (Search for ExtraTerrestrial Intelligence) Fatoumata Kébé studies the space environment and planetary nebulae after completing a PhD in Astronomy from Sorbonne Université. Fatoumata Kebe currently co-chairs the International Astronomical Union Junior Members working group and is a member of the Royal Astronomical Society Early Career Network Committee.

Laura André-Boyet

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Laura André-Boyet is a French Astronaut Instructor and Simulation Director at the European Astronaut Centre (EAC) in Cologne, linked to the European Space Agency (ESA). She has a degree in Medicine and Physiology, as well as a double Engineering Degree from the Polytechnic Schools of Montreal and Grenoble. In 2012, she has completed a MBA at the International Space University (ISU), with a thesis on suborbital spaceflight participants training projects. She has notably participated in the Proxima mission by training the French astronaut Thomas Pesquet. Besides, she is the founder of the Professional Association of Space Instructors (PASI), and an experienced lecturer for multiple audiences, such as young publics willing to discover the spatial world, and students interested in pursuing a career in the field.

Digital November invites the public to discover the latest French digital creations through a series of events supported by local partners. This year, we are also pleased to co-present the event with Hong Kong Space Museum; and enjoy the participation and support of Broadway Cinemathèque, the Women in Science Organization and the Laboratory for Space Research of the University of Hong Kong, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Baptist University, Alliance Française of Hong Kong and Microwave International New Media Arts Festival.

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publié le 02/12/2020

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