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The Live Research Fair is part of the Research in Society program organized by the PCB, and offers more than 120 activities in which more than 5,000 people participate each year (Photo: Barcelona Science Park).

Put yourself in a scientist’s shoes!

From 11 to 14 April, as part of the 16th Live Research Fair, over 75 researchers from eleven leading centres in Catalonia will bring their laboratories to CosmoCaixa Barcelona to give the community a chance to participate in their research projects and solve problems using the scientific method.


The exhibition, organised by “la Caixa” Foundation and the Barcelona Science Park as part of its Research in Society programme, aims to raise public awareness of science by opening up dialogue between the community and researchers and encouraging young people to consider scientific professions. This year, the exhibition will be held with the support of Barcelona City Council in collaboration with the University of Barcelona (UB).

Developing a drug that is activated by light; examining African bullfrog oocytes to discover how proteins are formed; assessing the ecological quality of a river using an App; breaking down a water molecule to obtain hydrogen and using it as a clean energy source—these are just a few of the experiments that attendees will be able to participate in.

As in previous editions, the three prize winners from the BATX2LAB programme—aimed at upper secondary school students who carry out the practical part of their research project at the PCB under the supervision of a researcher—will be present at a Fair stand to talk about their projects.

At 12 p.m. on Saturday 14 April, Francesc Orella—the actor who plays the charismatic teacher in the television series Merlí—will be at the Fair to deliver an unprecedented, open-to-all class debate on the transcendent aspects of scientific research, using his renowned “unorthodox” methods. 



The activity is free. On 11, 12 and 13 April and is aimed at schools, with advanced booking required. It is open to the general public on 14 April and is included in the entry fee to CosmoCaixa.

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