The 16th edition of the 'Spend the summer at the Park!' program has started
The welcome ceremony to participants of the Spend the summer at the Park! program as held today, Monday, July 10. The aim of this initiative –organised annually by the Barcelona Science Park (PCB)– is to bring research closer to students of any university in the world through their participation in projects currently being carried out in research groups, research centres and companies based at the PCB.
The welcome ceremony was conducted by Mercè Gómez, head of the Comunication and Institutional Relations at PCB, who explained to the participants the mission, objectives and activities carried out at the Barcelona Science Park, and the operation of the practicum program. Then, Gloria Pladellorens, head of Safety, Quality and Environment, informed the attendees of everything related to laboratory safety and waste management.
The duration of the Spend the summer at the Park! program is from 2 to 3 months between July and September, with a minimum commitment of 5 hours a day. Practicum classes are conducted in groups that focus their activities mainly in the field of biomedicine and biotechnology. This year nine young people from are taking part in this initiative and participating students will be enrolled in the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC) and the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona) at PCB.
This is the sixteenth consecutive year that the Barcelona Science Park is offering this practicum program. Over 400 students participated in previous years. According to assessment surveys, both students and tutors, reported to be highly satisfied with this collaboration, a fact which is confirmed by the relationship that previous articipants have maintained with their research group once the practicum program was completed.
The Spend the summer at the Park! program is carried out with the collaboration of the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT) – Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness.