The French Science Journey, held as part of the wider Voilah! the French Festival in Singapore and organised in collaboration with key Singapore-based partners in R&D
Etudes, Singapore

The French Science Journey (FSJ) is an initiative of the « Institut français de Singapour » of the French Embassy and is an integral part of the Voilah! Festival.

In line with the 2017 Festival theme of Innovation and Imagination, the major objective of this year’s FSJ was to give students an opportunity to discover French R&D innovation through visits to Singapore-based French companies who are pioneers in their industries.


  • Multiple enriching visits

The visits proved intense and enriching for many students. Over 200 students from eight educational institutions paid 10 visits to Essilor, Biomérieux, EDF, Servier, Bachy-Soletanche / Vinci Construction, Airbus and Véolia. These international companies represented a good cross section of French expertise in Science, Research and Innovation; which were showcased to the students on their visits.

  • Benefits for the schools but also for the companies!

The French Science Journey is an effective tool to strengthen existing franco-singaporean ties based on the willingness of both countries to share and co-build. For the companies, it is to pitch themselves at potential recruits and to raise awareness of their activities amongst this group. For the schools, it was the perfect opening for the students to experience the concrete application of their areas of specialty.

Above and beyond these visits, the FSJ provided the opportunity to further develop franco-singaporean relations in research and education.

  • Focus on the different visits : to be discovered and to put into practice

- Essilor : Insight into the production chain

During a comprehensive three-hour visit, students from the two disciplines of Health and Material Sciences from the Republic Polytechnic were taken round the different laboratories of ESSILOR and shown the various stages involved in the production of lenses. At each step of the process, the students were encouraged to touch and try, which made for a visit that was interactive and immensely interesting.

- Biomérieux : a new technology born from a major innovation

Two groups of students – one from the Lycée Français de Singapour, and the second from Biomedical Sciences from the Ngee Ann Polytechnic visited Biomérieux. During an interactive presentation, the students learnt about the international role and the key focus of the Group. They were also given a demonstration of a revolutionary new system of in vitro diagnostics.

- EDF : a regional commitment locally

Students of Material Sciences from the Nanyang Polytechnic got a firsthand view of the EDF and its role in Singapore. The visit was held at the headquarters of the HDB where students were shown the importance of innovation in the industry and how it was being deployed in the various projects. A refreshing way to challenge and engage the students; the vast majority of whom live in these buildings!

- Servier : immersion in a pharmaceutical environment

Through a series of presentations, the Molecular Biotechnology students from Ngee Ann Polytechnic were brought into the world of clinical trials and pharmaceutical research and marketing, making the connection between their area of study and its application in such an innovative and dynamic sector come alive.

- Vinci – Bachy Soletanche : dive into the heart of the MRT

Three groups of civil engineering students ; one each from NUS, NTU and Singapore Polytechnic, had the opportunity to meet Vinci – Bachy Soletanche, the company responsible for a few of Singapore’s MRT tunnels. Through thorough presentations by project managers, and exclusive site visits guided by personable experts, the students were exposed to the entire process in the realization of such mammoth projects as the conception and construction of train tunnels.

- Airbus Training Center and Airbus Helicopters : the importance of ground tests

Airbus hosted two groups of students from Temasek Polytechnic from the disciplines of Aerospace and Supply Chain Logistics. Students were treated to a turn on the very impressive flight simulators, and visited the hangars where Airbus Helicopters are assembled. Needless to say, the students demonstrated high enthusiasm during this exciting visit to an attractive and dynamic environment.

- Véolia : be an engineer for several hours

Through eight different and interactive workshops held at Véolia’s Open Space, the students from Nanyang Polytechnic were transformed into “engineers”, complete with polo tees courtesy of Véolia. Encounters with engineers performing system testing, and showing the multiple applications of the profession helped make the visit an enriching experience for all.


An unforgettable experience !