Updated 10/11/21

2012 exhibition, updated in 2021


The water issue is one of the 21st century’s greatest challenges. Abundant but unevenly distributed on Earth, this resource is today threatened by climate change and the dangers of overuse. It must be managed in a sustainable and inclusive manner, given its great economic, social, environmental and cultural value. Improving access to water, which is still suffering from glaring disparities, is one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

From Morocco to Bolivia, from the Mediterranean basin to the rivers of India, the Water at the Heart of Science exhibition has been updated in 2021 and presents some of the major projects in French water research. Richly illustrated and educational, it provides insights into the key role that research has to play in the sustainable management of water – a vital, indispensable resource for development.

Water at the Heart of Science has been organised by IRD and Centre•Sciences, the Technical and Scientific Culture Centre of the Centre region, with support from the Institut Français and the scientific partnership of CNRS.

The exhibition can be accompanied by films

Discover the digital version of the exhibition!

Contact: exposition@ird.fr

Technical description of the panels

  • Format: 24 panels 100 x 200 cm
  • Available in french, english, spanish and portuguese