Results about: outreach
To foster the next generation of scientific leaders, IRB Barcelona kicks off the international symposium series ENABLE, part of the Horizon 2020 Programme, for young researchers working in the Life Sciences.
Involving scientific debates, career sessions, and outreach activities, these 3-day symposia are jointly coordinated by young students from four European centres.
After first event in Barcelona in 2017, the ENABLE symposia will be held in Copenhagen in 2018, Nijmegen in 2019, and Milan in 2020.
“The ‘how’ is more important than the ‘what’. We have to teach children to exercise critical thinking”
Jordi Gaitan (Blanes, 1970) joined the ranks of the Tandem project, which IRB Barcelona started last year with the Mare de Déu de Montserrat school in Cornellà. This project, implemented with the collaboration of the Catalunya – La Pedrera Foundation, aims to boost academic results in school through science and biomedicine. Jordi’s job is to advise the Tandem team about how to include new teaching techniques when designing the academic curriculum.
One of the faces behind EU Horizon 2020’s ENABLE (European Academy for Biomedical Science) project is that of Clara Caminal, Head of the Academic & International Scientific Affairs Office. She sees the coordination of this European project as “a great success” for the Institute and “a significant achievement” in her career. She is convinced that taking part in the organisation of scientific conferences, the focus of ENABLE, will be “a tremendous experience” for young researchers. “It'll be an opportunity for them to gain valuable experience in organising an international symposium with European partners,” she adds.
The Barcelona International Youth Science Challenge (BIYSC) is a singular programme run by the Catalunya-La Pedrera Foundation that seeks to bring together students with a passion for science and the best scientists in prestigious research centres in Catalonia.
IRB Barcelona participates in the BIYSC through the project “From DNA to protein related diseases”, which includes sessions about the different fields addressed at the institute.
The EU’s Horizon 2020 Programme awards 500,000 euros to the project “European Academy for Biomedical Science” (ENABLE) to allow young scientists organise a new format of international symposia designed to strengthen their future.
In 2017, Barcelona will host the first ENABLE conference. This event will be followed by annual events in Copenhagen (2018), Nijmegen (2019), and Milan (2020). The cities correspond to the seats of the research centres that participate in ENABLE.
The initiative seeks to promote excellence in the biomedical sciences in Europe, strengthen scientific careers, and bring biomedicine closer to society.
IRB Barcelona is to hold three workshops for all kinds of public
Muriel Arimon is the new IRB Barcelona’s new Public Engagement and Science Education Officer. “I think our outreach activities benefit not only society but also our young scientists. It is an opportunity for them to face a different challenge than those they experience in the lab, to learn how to communicate and to get a new perspective on how science is perceived,” she says.
Yesterday, the coordinator of IRB Barcelona’s Oncology Programme participated in the conference series Ciencia After Work a la Pedrera in a session entitled Càncer de colon, què hi ha de nou? (Colon cancer: what’s the latest?), with Dr. Antoni Castells, from the Hospital Clínic, and Dr. Elena Élez, from the Hospital Vall d’Hebrón.