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Photo from the informative session held this afternoon in the Sala Dolors Aleu (Photo: Barcelona Science Park).

The 14th edition of the BATX2LAB programme gets underway

The Barcelona Science Park has just opened the registration period for participating in the 14th edition of BATX2LAB, the research project programme aimed at bachillerato (High School) students. This initiative is part of PCB’s Research in Society initiative—a proposal to bring science to citizens and encourage young people to consider jobs in the field—that offers over 100 activities in which around 5,000 people participate every year.


The Barcelona Science Park has today fired the starting pistol for the BATX2LAB programme with the traditional informative session, which was held in the Sala Dolors Aleu and attended by around sixty teachers and heads of study from schools from all around over Catalonia. The meeting explained how the programme will function, and a presentation was also made of delivered on the scientific fields of the researchers who will act as tutors in this edition: microbiology, biophysics, biology, protein structures and nucleic acid complexes, structural biology, peptide and protein chemistry, generation of animal models and nanotechnology.

The BATX2LAB programme offers first-year bachillerato students the chance to carry out the practical part of the research project in the PCB laboratories under the tutorship of a scientist, with the 3 best projects receiving an award at the end. In addition, the winning parties successful candidates will present their work at a stand at the Live Research Fair—held every year at CosmoCaixa Barcelona—together with 11 research groups from prestigious institutions from across Catalonia, in which they will explain their project to the attending public.

BATX2LAB is part of PCB’s Research in Society initiative—a proposal to promote dialogue between citizens and researchers, and to encourage young people to consider jobs in the field, which has been one of its strategic approaches since 2003. This programme is supported by the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (Fundación Española para la Ciencia y la Tecnología, FECYT) and the Barcelona City Council, and in 2016 was recognised with the Educational Quality Stamp of the Barcelona Teaching Coordination Council (Consejo de Coordinación Pedagógica de Barcelona, CCP).

► The application window is open until deadline is 11 May, and the successful applicants will be published on the programme’s website: