Live performances, experiments, concerts, gyms, monologues… Science will be present in every corner of Spain on Friday, September 29, at the Night of European Researchers, a scientific publishing project promoted by the European Commission that has been held simultaneously in 400 cities since 2005.
In Spain there are hundreds of free activities scheduled in all autonomous regions with the aim of researchers presenting their work to the public in an interesting way.
Marine ecosystems and their conservation will be the main elements of a large part of the events that will be held in different regions of the country, as the Supreme Council for Scientific Research (CSIC) decided to focus on the work carried out by its specialized centers in these subject areas.
In total, CSIC will organize more than 150 free activities targeting all ages in nine autonomous communities: Andalusia, Aragon, Canary Islands, Cantabria, Catalonia, Community of Madrid, Valencian Community, Galicia and the Balearic Islands.
Andalusia has a website in which it announces the programming of its eight provinces to celebrate the “Women and Men who teach for you” night, an evening to which its educational centers are also joining through the “Night in the Classroom” initiative.
In this community, citizens will be able to see the Calar Alto telescopes in Almería; Participate in the Science and Music Day under the stars in Cordoba; Learn about the bottom of the Cadiz Sea in a workshop on this topic; Or join a children’s gym about biogenetics in Malaga.
In Aragon, CaixaForum Zaragoza will host “speed appointments” with research staff; In the Canary Islands, “MacaroNight”, which consists of several events to introduce the science and culture of the Macaronesian archipelago; In Catalonia, marine awareness activities will have a big role in the European Night, including an immersive experience at the Institute of Marine Sciences (ICM-CSIC) to learn about the depths of the ocean.
The Community of Madrid has more than a hundred scheduled activities, including “Everything in Science”. CSIC Night at 12 where there will be interactive demonstrations and workshops on materials science, nanotechnology, biotechnology or food science; A gymnasium around the Nobel Women, a visit to the hospital’s simulation center facilities, which are usually closed to the public, and a concert by the Schizzofunk band in Madrid.
In the Valencian Community, the “Science Goes to School” project brings together the most innovative works, ranging from a workshop to disseminate science through art, with structures made of stone that function as percussion instruments (lithophones), to robotics workshops for non-native speakers. College students or outdoor activities to understand earthquakes.
Marine science dissemination activities will have a major role in the Balearic Islands and Galicia.
In the Balearic Islands, “Nit de la Recerca” will allow attendees to learn about the relationship between ocean acidification and climate change, conduct experiments with liquid nitrogen, or learn about biosensors through music and humor.
In addition to raising awareness of marine sciences, “Noite Galega das Persoas Investigadoras” also includes other activities such as workshops for young people to learn to decipher ancient writings at the Padre Sarmiento Institute of Galician Studies.
In Burgos, the National Center for Research on Human Evolution (CENIEH) will organize storytellers of Sapiens and Neanderthal prehistoric stories or drawing competitions, among others.
For their part, the institutions that make up the ninth group of universities (Cantabria, Castilla-La Mancha, Extremadura, Balearic Islands, Oviedo, Basque Country, State University of Navarra, Zaragoza and La Rioja) organize all kinds of events, starting with the historical tour in cancer research at the University of Oviedo To an exhibition with 20 pavilions where Bilbao residents will be able to learn about, for example, the activity of an underwater robot or the operation of specific laboratory equipment.