Fred Courant from “It’s not rocket science”, unrecognizable: Jamy’s ex-sidekick transformed since living on Reunion Island (VIDEO)

Fred Courant from “It’s not rocket science”, unrecognizable: Jamy’s ex-sidekick transformed since living on Reunion Island (VIDEO)

For 20 years, Fred Courant and his acolytes Sabine Quindou and Jamy Gourmaud animated the late afternoons of France 3 and RTBF with this educational program which marked a whole generation of young viewers. It was the “Quotidien de la Réunion” which tracked down the French journalist who now lives on the island in the Indian Ocean with his wife and children. Messy long hair, white beard, crumpled shirt and bandana around his neck, the former globetrotter of This is not rocket science is transformed with his adventurous look.

If his physical appearance has changed, his scientific discourse has not aged a bit. “Today, science is everywhere in our daily lives”recalls the 62-year-old journalist at Reunion newspaper. ” We must develop scientific culture, and tell everyone, the youngest, ‘It’s reachable’, ‘Anyone can do science’, ‘Do not be afraid’. Science is everywhere in our daily lives. In Reunion, we are right in the middle of it: earth sciences, the birth and life of a volcano, biodiversity, the environment, natural risks.”

During this video interview, Fred also spoke about the impact that “It’s not rocket science” had on his life. “There are people who say thank you to me because they discovered a lot of things with this program. Some tell me that it was thanks to our work that they decided to pursue a career in research or teaching. It’s awesome. I tell them that I just did my job. We worked a lot for that. But the result pleases.”

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