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1711 visitors enjoyed the opportunity to participate in scientific experiments by the hand of 74 researchers.

The 14th edition of Live Research broke attendance records

A total of 1711 visitors, 580 more than last year, participated in the 2015 Live Research held at CosmoCaixa Barcelona to learn about the leading projects being carried out in eleven research centers and university throughout Catalonia. The fair was organized by the Barcelona Science Park (PCB) and Obra Social ”la Caixa”, with the support of the Barcelona City Council and the collaboration of the University of Barcelona (UB) 


From the 6th to the 9th of April, the Live Research Fair opened its doors one more time to bring science closer to the public, encourage dialogue between the public and researchers and promote scientific vocations among young people.

Seventy-four researchers from eleven Catalan research centers moved part of their laboratory sets to the mezzanine of the permanent exhibition at CosmoCaixa to foster interaction with citizens and invite them to participate in the same experiments with the same instruments and materials with which researches carry out their research. To encourage interaction with the public, an enigma was formulated in each stand that participants had to solve following the scientific method.

During the first three days of the fair, more than 1,400 secondary school students (4th year of secondary school) from 40 different schools filled the stands of the fair. The last day, Saturday morning, doors were open to the public with more than 250 visitors. 

The opening ceremony took place on 7th April and was attended by Dr. Dídac Ramírez, Rector of the University of Barcelona; Josep Antoni Plana, General Director of PCB; Jordi Portabella, Director of the Area of Science, Research and Environment at ”la Caixa” Banking Foundation; Lluis Noguera, Director of CosmoCaixa, and Javier Hidalgo, Head of Science Exhibitions at ”la Caixa” Banking Foundation.

The eleven centers that collaborate in this 14th edition are: the Centre for Studies in Sport and Physical Activity (CEEAF) of the University of Vic-Central University of Catalonia (UVic); Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG); the Center for Environmental Technology and Food Toxicology (TecnATox) of the Rovira i Virgili University (URV); Computer Vision Centre (CVC); the Cognitive Media Technologies Group at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF); Department of Analytical Chemistry of the University of Barcelona (UB); the Catalan Institute of Paleontology Miquel Crusafont (ICP); the Pere Virgili Health Research Institute and research groups from ITAKA-IRCV-URV; the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC); the Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO) and the Vall d’Hebron Research Institute (VHIR).

One more time, the three winners of the Batx2Lab awards, addressed to secondary school students that do their practicum research course at PCC will have their own stand at the fair where they will be explaining visitors the research project they worked on.

The fair Live Research is offered as part of the science dissemination and outreach program of Research in Society of PCB offering more than 100 activities involving more than 5,000 people each year.

• You can follow the event via Twitter with hastag #Recercaendirecte

 Photo gallery [flickr