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The fair “Live Research” takes off at CosmoCaixa

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From left to right: Dr. Josep Antoni Plana, General Director of PCB; Dr. Dídac Ramírez, Rector of UB; ordi Portabella, Director of the Area of Science, Research and Environment at ''la Caixa'' Banking Foundation, and Lluis Noguera, Director of CosmoCaixa.

The fair “Live Research” takes off at CosmoCaixa

Bringing science to society, fostering communication between the public and researchers and promote scientific vocation among the young are the aims of the Live Research fair, that started yesterday at CosmoCaixa Barcelona until Saturday 9th April. The exhibit has been 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).


This year, Live Research, brings to this emblematic landmark space eleven research teams from several research centers in Catalonia so that attendees can participate in experiments related to their current projects with the same tools and materials that scientists normally use in their day-to-day work. To encourage interaction, each stand will formulate an enigma for the public to solve, following scientific methodology.

The opening ceremony took place today, 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.

Testing the ‘visual capacity’ of an autonomous car to detect pedestrians and avoid accidents; discovering how to use bioengineering to design devices and drugs of the future; analyzing the remains of a sauropod dinosaur, or creating fantastic creatures in a virtual world of 6 meters in diameter and interacting with others, are some of the experiments in which visitors will be able to participate.

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. In last year´s edition, more than 1,500 visitors enjoyed the opportunity to participate in scientific experiments by the hand of 75 researchers.

The event is free on the 6, 7 and 8 April for schools by previous reservation. On Saturday, 9 April, admission is free and the visit is included when you buy the ticket to visit CosmoCaixa Barcelona.

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