The 16th edition of ‘Recerca en Societat’ program starts up at PCB
Today, on 19 September 2016, the Barcelona Science Park (PCB) opens the enrollment period to participate in the experimental workshops 'Fes recerca!' (Do Research!) and 'Descobreix la recerca!' (Discover Research!), which gives the start to the 16th edition of 'Recerca in Societat' (Research in Society). This proposal of PCB to bring science to the public and encourage vocations among young people includes over 120 activities, involving annually about 6,000 people.
‘Descobreix la recerca!’ project is aimed at graduate students in senior primary school and offers two alternative proposals: ‘Discover Biomedical Research’ and ‘Discover Physics and Chemistry Research’. Both activities are supervised by instructors and researchers, and have been especially designed so that young students can carry out experiments following scientific methods and simultaneously playfully expand knowledge about basic concepts, such as cells, genes, atmospheric pressure or chemical reactions.
These 50 workshops end with an interactive guided tour of the different laboratories at PCB that completes the dynamic activities performed during the workshops and allows students to get to know the day-to-day reality of a laboratory and ask researchers questions about everything that awakens their curiosity.
Fes recerca! is an initiative aimed at secondary school students and offers nearly 40 workshops during the school year so that students can participate in experiments related to research projects developed at the PCB with the same tools and materials that scientists normally used in their work.
Seven different proposals allow adolescents to create a new drug to treat Alzheimer’s disease using peptides and proteins; to understand all the stages of developing a new drug for Parkinson; or to find out spots why the spots on leopards, the spirals of seashells or bacterial cultures can be explained with the same mathematical model, among other activities.
‘Descobreix la recerca!’ and Fes recerca! are supported by the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT) of the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, and the Institute of Culture of Barcelona (ICUB) of the Barcelona City Council. The activities are carried out in collaboration with researchers from the University of Barcelona (UB), the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC), the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona).