18th Science Week Focuses on Women in Science and Sustainability
The Granada Health Science Technological Park (PTS) Andalusian Public Foundation has hosted the launch of the latest ‘Coffee and Science’ series, marking the start of this year's Andalusian Science Week. The 18th edition of Science Week will include some 196 activities in Granada, and has two main themes: ‘Women in Science’ and ‘Sustainability'. Science Week activities will be held throughout Andalusia between now and 18 November, and include experimental workshops, guided tours of research centres, walking tours, exhibitions, lectures and round table discussions.
The ‘Coffee and Science’ events are informal chats between scientists and students ranging from primary school to university age, who get together to talk about the possibilities that research and science have to offer. The first event in the series was attended by the provincial delegate of Andalusia's Regional Ministry of Knowledge and Employment, Ana Belén Palomares; the secretary of the Andalusian Research, Development and Innovation Plan (PAIDI), Francisco Solís; the director of the University of Granada's Scientific Culture Unit, Ana Isabel García; the managing director of the PTS, Jesús Quero; and the director of the Descubre Foundation, Teresa Cruz.
More than fifty students from Cristo de la Yedra primary school in Granada and secondary school IES Trevenque in the nearby town of La Zubia chatted over a coffee with a number of researchers from the region's universities and research institutes: Iñigo Molina (University of Málaga), Elisa Valero (University of Granada), Leopoldo García Franquelo (University of Seville), Manuel Galán (University of Cádiz), Ana García López (University of Granada) and Rosario López Pedrera (Maimónides Biomedical Research Institute of Córdoba).
Speaking at the event, Ana Belén Palomares highlighted “the important role that science and innovation is taking on in society in general, but especially when it comes to teaching new generations the importance of research and its impact on the economy. Huge efforts are being made in Granada to get students at any stage of education interested in science and encourage them to get involved in science outside the classroom. Today we're doing this through Science Week, but past events include European Researchers’ Night and, more recently, a series of events held at the PTS to encourage secondary school students to apply to study science and technology at university.”
Science Week activities are aimed at all members of the public, but with a particular focus on children and young people, ranging from those studying at primary or secondary school, to those doing vocational training or university degrees. The calendar of events, activity descriptions and venue details are available online at http://semanadelaciencia.fundaciondescubre.es. Not only can you find out what's going on at any time and in any Andalusian province during Science Week, you can also put together your own schedule of activities by clicking on Desarrolla tu propia agenda.