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13.11.2017 14:02

‘Coffee and Science’ at the PTS

The Granada Health Science Technological Park (PTS) Foundation has hosted another ‘Coffee and Science’ event, the first in a series of activities taking place as part of the 17th edition of Andalusian Science Week. A total of 151 informative events will be held in the province of Granada, aiming to highlight the important role that science and research play in our everyday lives. The Science Week programme includes lectures and panel discussions, photography and art competitions, science games, stargazing events and films, all centred around hot topics or challenges in the world today, such as health, the environment, natural disasters, food technology and astronomy.

Attendees at the ‘Coffee and Science’ event at the PTS.

Andalusian Science Week is run by the Regional Ministry of Finance and Knowledge through the Descubre Foundation. The provinces of Granada, Seville, Cordoba and Almeria are playing host to the highest numbers of events, organised by 120 institutions including universities, research centres, technology parks, schools, museums and other teaching centres throughout the region.

The ‘Coffee and Science’ events are an opportunity for groups of almost a hundred pupils from Granada's schools to meet and talk to scientists who have won national and regional awards for their research. Previous speakers include Margarita Sánchez Romero (Humanities at the University of Granada); Laura Roa Romero (ICT in healthcare at the University of Seville); Arturo Ruiz Rodríguez (Archaeology at the University of Jaén); Manuel Ángel Rodríguez Maresca (Health Sciences at the Andalusian Public Health Service's Biobank); Francisco Camacho Ferre (Agronomy at the University of Almeria) and Germaine Escames Rosa (Medicine at the University of Granada).

Andalusian Science Week is now a well-established event, and this year once again includes more than 400 activities involving the region's most important teaching institutions, made possible thanks to the efforts of researchers and teachers. In fact, the largest institutions, such as universities and the Spanish Council for Scientific Research (CSIC), are running even more activities this year. There are also more companies and partner organisations taking part than ever.

The first ‘Coffee and Science’ event was attended by the provincial delegate of Andalusia's Regional Ministry of Finance, Innovation, Science and Employment, Juan José Martín Arcos; the secretary of the Andalusian Research, Development and Innovation Plan (PAIDI), Francisco Solís; the University of Granada's vice-chancellor of University Extension, Víctor Medina; the managing director of the PTS, Jesús Quero; and the director of the Descubre Foundation, Teresa Cruz.