During 2017, five activities programmed by the Institute to promote scientific culture will be supported by the FECYT.
The Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (Fundación Española para la Ciencia y la Tecnología (FECYT), an organisation that depends on the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, has granted the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona) funding of 15,000 euros to support outreach activities undertaken in 2017. The FECYT has provided support for 193 projects from 117 Spanish institutes.
The funding awarded to IRB Barcelona will be used for five activities run by the Communications Office, including activities that are up and running and others that are in a pilot phase or that are to be launched.
The “Crazy Club” has come about from the “Crazy About Biomedicine” (CAB) Programme, a yearly course that IRB Barcelona has been offering to first-year baccalaureate students since 2013. Launched in 2016 and with 90 members, the “Crazy Club” seeks to keep former CAB students in touch with each other and gives them preferential access regarding the events and courses organised by the Institute. In 2017, the club aims to organise training and networking sessions specifically for its members.
In 2016, IRB Barcelona launched a series of videos called "Meet Our Scientists". Seven videos were made that same year and the series has been warmly received by diverse audiences, from the scientific community to funding foundations and communications media. These brief videos with group leaders seek to offer a glimpse into their science, talent, personality, and motivation. The videos are in English with subtitles in three languages (English, Spanish and Catalan). Seven more videos are expected to be produced in 2017.
On Saturday 13 May, IRB Barcelona held its second Open Day. In contrast to the first year’s event in 2015, which was over one day, this year the activity spanned half a day. These events aim to bring science closer to the public through general talks, family workshops, guided tours and fun activities.
IRB Barcelona will organise sessions specifically targeting researchers interested in gaining skills in scientific communication and education. In 2017, a minimum of three additional sessions in a workshop format will be organised—two with national speakers and one with an international speaker. The first session will be on social media for reserachers and will be held next June 1st.
Since 2005, IRB Barcelona has been providing tutorage for the experimental part of the “Research Project (“Trabajo de Investigación”) that students undertake between the first and second years of baccalaureate studies in Catalonia. With this funding, the programme wishes to establish a prize for the best project of the year.
More information: Public Engagement and Science Education Office
More information: Meet Our Scientists