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Second round of the cycle “Science Under Debate”

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Second round of the cycle “Science Under Debate”

Is living today more dangerous than it was a century ago? What type of controls are products destined for human consumption subjected to? How are levels of environmental pollution studied and where is the line drawn between what might be a health risk and that which is considered "tolerable"? Do we have enough information about the toxicity of various substances? Is this information reassuring or might it cause alarm among the general public, just as occurred recently when the report about the presence of trihalomethanes in Barcelona's tap water was made public?

All these questions and many more will be the subject of a round-table debate on the social perception of risk, organized by the Scientific Area of the Barcelona Science Park (PCB) and which kicks off the second cycle of scientific debates “Science Under Debate”.

The event will be held at 6.30 p.m. on 10 December in the Fèlix Serratosa Hall (C/ Josep Samitier 1-5) of the PCB, and experts from various scientific disciplines will be on hand to offer a pluridisciplinary view of the issues.

The participants in the debate will be: Josep Maria Vives, Emeritus Professor of Microbiology; Eduard Mata, Director of the Catalan Agency for Food Safety (ACSA); and Josep Espluga, Reader in the Department of Sociology of the Autonomous University of Barcelona. Miquel Borràs, head of the PCB’s Experimental Toxicology and Ecotoxicology Unit (UTOX) will act as moderator.

The debates are aimed at a scientific audience, ranging from life sciences students to researchers, and their objective is to encourage discussion about the new avenues opened up by current multidisciplinary research. They seek to address specific questions in a way that distances itself from the traditional seminar format by fostering audience participation; furthermore, attendance is open to all members of the public who reserve their place beforehand.

In order to make the debates more interactive, computer technology will be used to enable the audience to express their opinion. Refreshments will also be offered at the end of the event so that the debate with speakers can continue in a more informal setting.

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