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The 12th edition of the «¡Spend the summer at the Park!» program has started

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The welcome ceremony to participants of the 12th edition «¡Spend the summer at the Park!». © PCB.

The 12th edition of the «¡Spend the summer at the Park!» program has started

The welcome ceremony to participants of the «» was held today, Monday, July 1, at 9.30 am. The aim of this initiative –organised annually by the Parc Científic de Barcelona (PCB) in collaboration with the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona) and the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC)– 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 Jesus Purroy, Science and Technology Services Technical Director of the PCB, who explained to the participants the objectives, structure and activities carried out at the Parc Científic de Barcelona, and the operation of the practicum program. Then, Anna Vilches, Joint Health and Safety Service Technician, informed the attendees of everything related to laboratory safety and waste management.

The duration of the «Spend the summer at the Park!» 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 24 young people from 3 countries are taking part in this initiative.

Participating students will be enrolled in three PCB Technology Platforms –the Drug Discovery Platform, the Combinatorial Chemistry Unit and the Unit of Experimental Toxicology and Ecotoxicology–, three institutes located at the PCB – IBEC, IRB Barcelona and the Institut de Biologia Molecular de Barcelona (IBMB-CSIC)– and another groups of the Universitat de Barcelona, such as Quantum Simulation of Biological Processes and Cell Signaling Group. Several companies located at the PCB will also host the students, such as Arian International Projects, Intelligent Pharma, Medichem, Meteosim and Aws Truepower.

This is the twelfth consecutive year that the Parc Científic de Barcelona is offering this practicum program. Over 300 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.