Each year in the spring, a multitude of entities join together to organize activities which bring knowledge related to science and technology closer to the public through an immense two-day encounter in the city of Barcelona. It is the Science Festival, coordinated by the Science Barcelona programme, which involves more than one hundred research centres, universities, companies, associations and teaching professionals every year.
CRAG has a long track record of participating in the Science Festival, offering hands-on workshops and talks for the general public. In the last edition, celebrated at the Ciutadella Parck in June 2018, CRAG offered a workshop entitled “The surprising plant viruses”. A team of CRAG researchers from different laboratories and ranging from pre-doctoral students to senior researchers organized this workshop addressed to all audiences over 10 years-old. In the workshop the visitors learned about the plant viruses and about the strategies that the plants use to defend themselves. Kids and grown-ups could observe the disease vector insects through the binocular scopes and learn how to inoculate the virus in a plant to study it. Finally, the visitors learned about the surprising effects that some non-pathogenic viruses have on the plants.
This activity added to the 230 activities offered during the Science Festival weekend. The results of this great mutual effort, coordinated by the Barcelona Ciència programme (Barcelona City Council), are passed on to the thousands of citizens who visit the Festival each year, attracted by the wide range of activities for all types of audiences.
You can see the photos of the Festival de la Ciència 2018 in the Facebook Album. You can also see the photos from 2017 and 2016 edition.