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22 Mar 2019 to 31 Mar 2019

Congress: Photographic exhibition | Researcher’s life: inside/outside the lab

We are happy to announce the opening of the photographic exhibition Researcher’s life: inside/outside the lab on Friday 22 March from 18:30h.


Stay tuned to the Facebook event and to the social networks of the project (Instagram, Twitter and Facebook) for further details!



Opening of the exhibition: Friday 22 March 2019, from 18:30h.

Opening days: from Friday 22 March to Sunday 31 March, 2019.

Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 17:00h – 20:00h. Saturdays 11:00h – 14:00h and 17:00h – 20:00h. Sundays 11:00h – 14:00h.

Place: Residència d'Investigadors (Hospital Street, 64. 08001 Barcelona).



About the photographic exhibition

The photographic project Researcher’s life: inside/outside the lab, led by the post-doctoral researcher at the CRAG Michela Osnato, uses photography as a tool to explain the daily life of young PhD students and post-doctoral researchers working at CRAG, who have been captured in two different scenes: their role as plant scientists at work, and their most personal aspect in the free time. Through diptychs, the "secret life" of scientists inside and outside the laboratory is revealed.


The first portrait explains what plant biologists do in the lab at CRAG: they study changes in plant development depending on environmental stimuli (light, temperature, availability of water); analyze the response of plants to the attacks of pathogens (fungi, bacteria and viruses); investigate the metabolism of plants able to produce health promoting molecules (carotenoids, anthocyanins); research the genetic variability of plants of agricultural interest for breeding…


The second portrait, in turn, reveals the human side of the researchers, their personal interests and their passions for nature, sports, arts, travel, taste...


The reportage includes a short text depicting the names of the researchers, job position, country of birth, and a brief description of their research project and their hobby of free time.



About the project

In Spain, research in plant biology is little known by society and does not enjoy social prestige. Indeed, 33.4% of Spaniards believe that the cultivation of genetically modified plants has more disadvantages than benefits, according to a 2016’s survey by the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT) and despite scientific evidence of the safety of transgenic crops. In addition, plant biologists are often associated with the creation of transgenic monsters and with the decrease in the biodiversity of plant species.


The secret life of researchers is a dissemination project that aims to inform the non-specialist public about the importance of plant research and improve the scientific culture of society, while breaking the negative stereotypes associated with plant biologists.


To achieve these objectives, the CRAG team, composed of young scientists and specialists in science communication, have collaborated with a photographer, an illustrator and a creative studio to develop three products: a photographic reportage about the everyday life of young researchers inside and outside the laboratory, an audiovisual about myths and truths regarding the job of a plant biologists, and a web page dedicated to the world of research in the field of plant biotechnology.


With this project, we wish to give more visibility to research in plant biology and its socio-economical importance, to promote scientific knowledge, and to bring research and researchers closer to the society.



About the financing of the project

The project The secret life of researchers has been funded by the Fundación Española para la Ciencia y la Tecnología (FCT‐17‐12694) granted by the Spanish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities.