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9 Nov 2018

News: The Science Week begins

The Centre for Research in Agricultural Genomics (CRAG) will offer the “Mutant Plants” workshop to primary school students and will launch the photo project “The secret life of researchers”

 

Bellaterra, 9th November 2018

 

The 23rd Science Week takes place in Catalunya from 9 to 18 November, ten days focused on scientific dissemination with plenty of activities around our territory. The Centre for Research in Agricultural Genomics (CRAG) participates in this initiative with two projects promoted thanks to the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT).

 

The experimental workshop Mutant Plants, aimed at last cycle elementary students, is one of the highlights offered by CRAG in this dates. The design of the workshop is the result of a collaborative project started two years ago between a scientific institution – the CRAG –, a team of experts in STEM didactics – the Centre for Research for Scientific and Mathematical Education (CRECIM), of the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) –, and the teachers and students of a primary school – the Joan Maragall School of Sant Cugat del Vallès.

 

The Science Week begins

In this workshop, children will have to work like real scientists to discover which mutations are hidden in small plants that they will observe under a microscope. Helped by CRAG researchers, the students, working as a team, will look closely, make hypotheses and draw conclusions based on evidence. About 250 students will do the Mutant Plants workshop at CRAG during this academic year, a hundred of which throughout the Science Week.

 

In this dates, the first results of the project The secret life of researchers will also come to light, an initiative that aims to give more visibility to plant biology and to break down stereotypes about researchers. Through a photographic report that portrays the life of young researchers inside and outside the laboratory, their scientific and personal interests will be illustrated.

 

This project aims to foster scientific culture and to bring science closer to society, giving it a more human dimension. To do so, in addition to the itinerant photographic exhibition, it will also feature interviews with researchers, where the most frequent prejudices about plant biologists will be discussed, and a web page that will gather the photographic and audio-visual material registered. This project can be followed on Instagram and Facebook through the hashtag #secretlifeofaplantbiologist.

 

About the funding of the projects

The Mutant plants project has been funded by the Fundación Española para la Ciencia y la Tecnología (FCT-17-12034) 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 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.