Luisa Barbosa and Aina Crosas participate as jury in the Exporecerca 2019

Luisa Barbosa and Aina Crosas participate as jury in the Exporecerca 2019

 

Exporecerca Jove is an international research fair organized by the Association for the Promotion of Young Research (MAGMA). Since 2000, junior high school and high school students from all over the world can present their research projects for three days. This year’s edition is held from February 28 to March 2. Luisa Barbosa and Aina Crosas, of the Studies Center on Science, Communication and Society of the Pompeu Fabra University (SCS-UPF), participate as jury.

 

Participants present their work in stands customized by themselves, where they have the opportunity to explain their research to the visiting public. Research projects of all areas are accepted. During the three days, the work is evaluated by a group of experts in various branches of knowledge that are unrelated to MAGMA. At the end of the fair, prizes are awarded according to the jury’s assessments.

Although the majority of participants are Catalan, students of other autonomous communities and other countries of the world also participate, which makes the “Exporecerca Jove” a very enriching opportunity.

The fair is held in Farga de l’Hospitalet, next to the fair of science and technology organized by the Mobile World Congress, Yomo. To visit “Exporecerca Jove” you need to get an entry.

 

More information: http://magmarecerca.org/exporecerca/

 

 

Citizens & researchers: a good team

Citizens & researchers: a good team

GRECO Project would like citizens to be in the driver’s seat of solar energy research. To do so, we are collecting ideas! This information will help the Studies Centre on Science, Communication and Society of the Universitat Pompeu Fabra to collectively develop an initiative in citizen science applied to photovoltaic research.

Citizen science refers to the inclusion of society in the decision-making, design, implementation, analysis and exploitation of research or innovation. It is therefore an active process in which science is co-created with citizens.

The ideas we have gathered until now constitute a valuable tool of collective intelligence. With it, GRECO would like to demonstrate the added value on including civil society in science and technology. Until now, the information approaches how citizens can participate in research activities related to solar energy and what does this type of research give in return to society.

But, how do we actually co-create science? Some suggestions include serious games, devices, mobile apps, experimentation and do-it-yourself activities.

There is no such thing as too many answers! You’re still on time. Participate here and help us with this process.

 

 

 

More information: The Studies Centre on Science, Communication and Society of the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) is part of the GRECO project, a European initiative that gets together six different countries in order to put Open Science into practice in photovoltaic research and innovation. GRECO wants to demonstrate that a stronger social involvement leads to an improved use and acceptance of innovative products in photovoltaics. Based on the concept of Responsible Research and Innovation and citizen participation, GRECO proposes solutions to increase solar panels useful life, reduce the costs, increase performance and support new uses in agriculture and architecture. GRECO is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 program under grant contract number 787289.

We are looking for researchers to participate in the Pint of Science 2019

We are looking for researchers to participate in the Pint of Science 2019

The Pint of Science Festival 2019 will take place from May 20 to 22. Currently, they are looking for researchers in several cities of Catalonia who want to present their research in an educational way.

Interested researchers can fill out this form, which allows the enter to their speakers’ database:

http://tinyurl.com/QuieroSerPintero

http://tinyurl.com/QuieroSerPintera

 

They are also looking for sponsors to continue organizing the festival. Here you can find an informative brochure with some sponsorship options: https://goo.gl/pZbzY5

If you want to collaborate in another way or have questions, you can contact laurent.ladepeche@gmail.com

Citizens in the driving seat on solar energy

Citizens in the driving seat on solar energy

The world is increasingly demanding a shift towards a sustainable energy system that uses renewable sources, like the sun. During the past couple of years, solar-energy technology has experienced a dramatic price drop thanks to research and innovation. Today, it can compete on the market with fossil-based energy in many regions of the world.

But there is still a long road until we use the sun as one main energy source. By developing six innovative solar energy solutions, the project GRECO is here to start changing that.

However, to achieve such goal, GRECO engineers, chemists, physicists need the help from citizens. This is called citizen science. The inclusion of society in the decision-making, design, implementation, analysis and exploitation of research or innovation. It is therefore an active process in which science is co-created with citizens.

GRECO would like citizens to be in the driver’s seat of solar energy research. To do so, we have opened a call for ideas!

By answering three questions like ‘How could you participate in research activities related to solar energy?’ you can help us develop a platform to include citizens in the research process of our partners and hopefully in the entire solar-energy community.

Share your thoughts and spread the word!

#empowering #CitizensInScience @ProjectGreco @ccupf

More information: The Science, Society and Communication Centre of the Pompeu Fabra University (UPF) is part of the GRECO project, a European initiative that gets together six different countries in order to put Open Science into practice in photovoltaic research and innovation. GRECO wants to demonstrate that a stronger social involvement leads to an improved use and acceptance of innovative products in photovoltaics. Based on the concept of Responsible Research and Innovation and citizen participation, GRECO proposes solutions to increase solar panels useful life, reduce the costs, increase performance and support new uses in agriculture and architecture. GRECO is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 program under grant contract number 787289.

 

Projects proposals for the Brain Awareness Week 2019

Projects proposals for the Brain Awareness Week 2019

 

The DANA Foundation offers a grant offered distributed by FENS in Europe for projects featuring the Brain Awareness Week 2019 (BAW).

The deadline for submitting the proposal is 21 January 2019. For further information and to access the submission form, please visit the FENS website.

The Dana Foundation and FENS encourage you to increase the BAW event’s exposure by officially registering as a BAW partner and posting your event information on the BAW Calendar.

The Brain Awareness Week 2019 will take place from 11 to 17 March.

Contact here: baw@fens.org

Here you can submit your project proposal!

 

 

Gema Revuelta and Carolina Llorente participate in the kick-off of the CONCISE Project in Valencia

Gema Revuelta and Carolina Llorente participate in the kick-off of the CONCISE Project in Valencia

Gema Revuelta and Carolina Llorente participated in the kick-off of the CONCISE project in Valencia on December 13 and 14.

The Science, Communication and Society Studies Center (SCS-UPF) leads one of the main tasks of the project. In particular, it will be responsible for developing the theoretical framework, an evaluation of teaching in scientific communication in Europe, the guidelines for developing a public consultation for research purposes. On March 22, the pilot of the first public consultation will take place in Barcelona.

 

CONCISE: Communication role on perception and beliefs of EU Citizens about Science

The CONCISE Project wants to generate a debate at a European level on scientific communication involving many actors, from the media and policy makers, through the scientific community and industry, and even civil society organizations. CONCISE aims to contribute with qualitative data of citizen consultations on the channels through which European society is informed about science, and how this information influences their opinions, beliefs and perceptions. Four specific topics will be explored: vaccines, alternative and complementary uses of medicine, genetically modified organisms and climate change. The consultations will be carried out in 5 countries (Portugal, Italy, Slovakia, Poland and Spain), and in each country 100 people will be consulted taking into account the representation of different social groups, genders, ages, educational levels, ethnic groups, diversities functional and professional careers. The results of the CONCISE project will be scalable and its methodology applicable to other European countries to improve the quality and quantity of scientific communication in Europe.