Young participants of the KiiCS project from all around Europe have presented this weekend in Warsaw the activities in which they took part. The event that has hosted the KiiCS meeting has been the European Union Contest for Young Scientists (EUCYS), a congress where the participants are European teenagers –though there were international representatives too, like New Zealand, Canada or China- with genius science projects.
The members of the Youth Advisory Board (YAB) of the KiiCS project have presented during two days what they did in their own cities, besides sharing their experience as participants among them. Furthermore, the YAB meeting has fostered that the youngsters finally met each other and finally discovered the actions developed in other cities. Representatives from Amsterdam, Dublin, Goteborg, London, Ljubljana, Warsaw, Naples, Grenoble and Barcelona have spend together an intense weekend, during which they have also had time to visit the Polish capital and attend the opening ceremony of the EUCYS festival at the National Theatre. In the event, there were shows from the visual artist Tetiana Galitsyna and the beatbox band “Me myself and I”, among others.
The Barcelona representative has been Clàudia Ventosa, 17 year old, who took part in the workshop “Sounds, science and technology” during the Spring of 2013. This Sound Fiction workshop was born from the original idea of Sons de Barcelona, who also imparted and carried it out. The Music Technology Group (MTG-UPG) organized it, and the Science Communication Observatory (OCC-UPF) coordinated it in the frame of the KiiCS project. The activity had the support of the Fundación Española para la Ciencia y la Tecnología (FECYT) and the collaboration of the Phonos Fundation and the Institut Municipal d’Educació de Barcelona (IMEB).
Clàudia has had the chance to explain her participation in the workshop in front of the members of the YAB and the visitors of the event. She highlights from the meeting having met her international counterparts: “it has been an amazing experience that has allowed me to make friends from different places around Europe, each of whom have taught me something”. Besides this, she has enjoyed being immersed inside of the EUCYS: “being part of a meeting of young scientists is both interesting and inspiring”.
Now that the KiiCS project is in its final round, one of the objectives of the meeting in Warsaw was to show the results of the activities undertaken around Europe during three years, as well as promoting the interest for the connection between science and art among attendees.