This year-long mentoring programme for secondary school students in their first year of baccalaureate aims to foster passion for science and promote scientific vocations.
Students can participate in a range of workshops and hands-on sessions, where IRB Barcelona researchers serve as mentors in the lab and provide training on the state-of-the-art research and methods.
This programme also gives students the opportunity to do their secondary school science project ("Treball de Recerca") under the tutelage of an IRB Barcelona researcher, who will work alongside them throughout the planning, experimental design and execution of the project, sharing with them the importance of the scientific method as the backbone of all rigorous scientific inquiry.
The Crazy Club is a new initiative linked to this project and was launched to give the participants from previous editions of the Crazy About Biomedicine Programme the chance to meet, discuss and build a network of young people interested in developing a career in biomedical research. The Crazy Club already has more than 90 members, and future activities will be aimed at equipping students with new skills, including time management, public speaking, team working and research integrity.
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"As a tutor, being around some of the “Crazy” students helped me formulate new questions that came up during the discussions that we had. These young minds have mind-blowing ideas."
"This programme is an opportunity for researchers to test their communication and public speaking skills and, most importantly, the programme addresses the importance of bridging the gap between science and society. Go ahead, take this opportunity to disseminate your science!"
"As tutors, we design experiments and try to show what a day in the life of a scientist is like: fancy instruments, cool model organisms, lots of chemical reagents, and endless discussions about science. If these buzzwords speak to you as a student, then this programme is there to foster and nurture your dreams of becoming a scientist."
"In this program I have met incredible colleagues who have made me feel comfortable, and with whom I have shared many unique moments. They are, without a doubt, a great example of the growing interest in science in younger generations. I wish them the best of luck."
"I have been able to learn from researchers who are passionate about their jobs. They have spread their love for science in each of the workshops. In addition, they have shared with us the experiences that have led them to work at IRB Barcelona, with such diverse origins and trajectories that have motivated us to pursue science. They are the clear example that those who have a passion and a dream pursue it regardless of where it takes them."