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09.11.2016 12:59

PTS Hosts Launch of 16th Andalusian Science Week.

The launch of this year's Andalusian Science Week, which will run between 7 and 20 November, was held at the headquarters of the Granada Health Science Technological Park (PTS) Foundation. The region's Science Week, now in its 16th year, is a showcase for all the knowledge generated in Andalusia, and is a key opportunity to highlight the important ways in which science and innovation contribute to society.

Participants in the first 'Coffee and Science' event at the PTS Foundation.

This year's Andalusian Science Week kicked off with one of six scheduled 'Coffee and Science' events, talks where Andalusian scientists and researchers sit down and chat with school pupils from around the region. This first event was attended by almost a hundred pupils from secondary schools IES Trevenque in La Zubia and IES Cerro de los Infantes in Pinos Puente. The Coffee and Science session was introduced by the provincial delegate of Andalusia's Regional Ministry of Finance, Innovation, Science and Employment, Juan José Martín Arcos.

The researchers who took part in the first Coffee and Science event were: José Martín Civantos from the Department of Medieval History and Historiographic Sciences and Techniques of the University of Granada (UGR); Francisco Ortega from the UGR's Faculty of Sports Sciences and Sport and Health Institute; Lina Gálvez Muñoz from the Department of Economics of Pablo de Olavide University in Seville; Juan Manuel García-Ruiz from the Crystallography Research Laboratory, part of the Andalusian Institute of Land Sciences; Isabel Barbancho Pérez from the Higher Technical School of Telecommunications Engineering of the University of Malaga; and Elisa Cordero Matía from the Biomedicine Institute and Virgen del Rocío Hospital in Seville.

Speaking at the event, PTS managing director Jesús Quero thanked the organisers – the Regional Ministry of Finance and Knowledge and the Descubre Foundation – for putting their trust in the PTS to host the launch. He went on to talk about other PTS-based organisations involved in hosting Science Week activities, including the Genomics and Oncology Research Centre and the López Neyra Parasitology and Biomedicine Institute.

In addition to Jesús Quero, the Science Week launch was attended by: Dolores Ferre, director general for universities of the Autonomous Government of Andalusia; Teresa Cruz, director of the Descubre Foundation; and Víctor Medina Flórez, the UGR's vice-chancellor of University Extension. They took the opportunity to highlight the primary objectives of Andalusian Science Week: to bring the general public in touch with leading scientists in a friendly and approachable way; to highlight the value of science and knowledge for society; and to encourage people to follow a career in science.