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Scientists for a day

Primary school students will be able to do research in plant biology thanks to the "Mutant plants" workshop offered by CRAG during the Science Week

From November 8 to 17, the 24th Science Week is celebrated in Catalonia, ten days full of scientific dissemination activities for all audiences. Once again, the Centre for Research in Agricultural Genomics (CRAG) participates in this initiative with the projects Mutant plants and The secret life of a plant biologist, both funded by the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT).

For four days, more than a hundred students in fifth grade of the Canigó (Sant Just Desvern) and Sala i Badrinas (Terrassa) schools will visit CRAG to do the Mutant plants experimental workshop, in which they will have to solve a challenge following the scientific method and using laboratory material. It will be a totally immersive experience, as the students will work with research personnel and visit a real laboratory and the centre's greenhouses.

The Mutant plants workshop is the result of a collaborative project between a scientific institution - the CRAG -, a team of STEM teaching experts - the Centre for Research in Scientific and Mathematical Education (CRECIM), of the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) - and the teachers and students of an elementary school - the Joan Maragall School of Sant Cugat del Vallès. Given the good results of this formula, the CRAG-CRECIM tandem will team up again to create a workshop aimed at students of 1st year of baccalaureate during the 2019/20 academic year thanks to the financing of the FECYT.

From this week until mid-January, you can also visit the photographic exhibition The secret life of a plant biologist at the UAB Library of Communication. This exhibition is the result of a scientific communication project led by postdoctoral researcher at CRAG Michela Osnato, and aims to give more visibility to plant biology and break stereotypes about researchers. In addition to the photographs, the project is complemented by a website and a series of interviews in plain language, which intend to bring science and society closer together.

About the funding of the projects

The project Plantas mutantes y La DefeNsA de las Plantas has been funded by the Fundación Española para la Ciencia y la Tecnología (FCT-18-13792) and by the distinction Centro de Excelencia Severo Ochoa 2016-2019 (SEV-2015-0533), both granted by the Spanish Ministry of Science Innovation and Universities.

The project The secret life of a plant biologist was funded by the Fundación Española para la Ciencia y la Tecnología (FCT-17-12694) granted by the Spanish Ministry of Science Innovation and Universities.