From October 11 through November 15, the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD), in Paris, will be displaying a photography exhibition entitled "Sciences au Sud" ("Science in the South") (website in French). These photos, taken by scientists in Africa, Asia and Latin America, illustrate the concerns of researchers across the developing world. The photography ranges from the functional to the evocative; while not all of the scientist-photographers had an artistic flair, they managed to capture an impressive set of images.
The exhibition is divided into four tents: "Feeding Ourselves" (agriculture and biodiversity), "Healing" (AIDS, malnutrition and poverty), "Preventing" (natural catastrophes), and "Living Together" (migration, demography, and education). The pictures are accompanied by text in a variety of languages, as well as a slideshow designed for illiterate audiences. IRD intends for the exhibit to travel globally once the Paris showing is completed, especially to southern countries.
Marie-Lise Sabrié, of IRD, told SciDev.Net that the exhibition was designed for a wide audience in developing nations.
"We want to help reduce the knowledge gap between the North and South to return knowledge to the countries where this research is undertaken," says Sabrié.
First-hand reports from any WorldChangers in Paris who get a chance to visit the exhibition would be more than welcome!