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05.11.2015 08:04

PTS Bringing Science to Young People of Andalusia

The Granada Health Science Technological Park (PTS) has played host to the first event held as part of the 15th Andalusian Science Week. This year's Science Week includes a varied programme of activities for all the public to enjoy, although with a particular focus on young children, primary, secondary and sixth form pupils, and vocational and university students. The first activity held was a "Coffee and Science" event at the PTS Foundation, during which six researchers chatted to the young attendees about what got them interested in science.

Scientists and young attendees at the first "Coffee and Science" event at the PTS.

The first "Coffee and Science" event began with a few words from the provincial delegate of Andalusia's Regional Ministry of Finance, Innovation, Science and Employment, Juan José Martín Arcos. He introduced the first participating researchers, who went on to chat with the young students over a coffee. The researchers, who spoke to the young attendees about what had got them interested in science, were: Reynaldo Fernández, director of the Council of the Alhambra; Verónica Ayllón, a researcher at the Genomics and Oncology Research Centre (GENyO); Elena González Rey, a researcher from the Cellular Biology and Immunology Department of the López Neyra Parasitology and Biomedicine Institute (IPBLN); Francisco Herrera, a researcher at the Department of Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence of the University of Granada; Francisco Pérez Jiménez, professor of medicine and head of internal medicine at the Reina Sofía University Hospital in Córdoba; and Isabel López Calderón, professor of genetics at the University of Seville.

The 15th Andalusian Science Week is to be held throughout Andalusia from 3-15 November, and its varied programme includes: guided tours and open days in research centres and universities so that the public can meet researchers in person and find out first-hand about what they do and how they do it; guided tours of cities, universities, technology parks and botanic gardens; exhibitions, workshops, laboratory practicals and demonstrations; talks, lectures and panel discussions; science photography and drawing competitions; science games; stargazing events; and films.

All of the events are centred around hot topics or challenges in the world today, such as health, the environment, natural disasters, food technology, astronomy, and so on, with the aim of underlining the important roles that science and research play in our day-to-day lives. The full calendar of events and activities is available online at www.fundaciondescubre.es. The PTS Foundation will host several more "Coffee and Science" events, and a number of other centres in the PTS have activities planned, including guided tours and photography exhibitions.

Speakers at the opening event of the 15th Andalusian Science Week at the PTS included the vice-chancellor of the University of Granada, Pilar Aranda; the director general for universities of the Autonomous Government of Andalusia, Dolores Ferre; the director of the Descubre Foundation, Teresa Cruz; and the director of the PTS Foundation, Jesús Quero.