The Valencia Community Region celebrates a new edition of Science Week

Nov 6, 2008

• Open days, conferences, workshops, exhibitions and scientific film cycles will be held mainly from 10th to 23rd November. • The City of Arts and Sciences Foundation is directing this activity in the Region.


The Valencia Community Region is celebrating Science Week mainly from 10th to 23rd November. The main aim of this initiative of European scope is to bring scientific and technical knowledge closer to society by making it more understandable and showing the impact it has on citizens’ daily activities and quality of life.

Open days and guided visits, round tables, courses and workshops, exhibitions, educational itineraries, mathematical routes, photography competitions and scientific film cycles, are just some of the free activities aimed at people of different age groups. It has been co-ordinated In the Valencia Community Region by the City of Arts and Sciences Foundation in cooperation with the Universities, the Network of Valencian Universities for the promotion of Research (RUVID), Technological Institutes, Research Centres and the delegation from the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC).

The City of Arts and Sciences will be holding a scientific film cycle, different exhibitions related to marine biodiversity, a talk provided by Progenie Molecular about uterine cervix cancer and the vaccine against papillomavirus, and a round table entitled “The sea as a source of inspiration”, in which four speakers related to gastronomy, science, poetry and general education will share their experiences as creators and researchers inspired by the sea, as well as music and dance performances.

The University of Alicante has organised three activities related to Bio-geography and Landscape, Topography and Cartography, and Water Resources and Hydraulic Engineering. The Technological Institute for Footwear and Related Industries (INESCOP), located in Elda (Alicante), is also presenting an exhibition and workshop dedicated to the latest advances in footwear production, open days, and a cycle of technological discussions and breakfasts where experts in the sector will be presenting the most recent issues in this sector. The Ceramic Technology Institute (ITC) of Castellón will be giving a guided visit that includes a conference and scientific documentary, as well as the Electric Technology Institute which in addition to an open day will be allowing a visit to a high voltage laboratory.

The Alcoy Campus of the Valencia Polytechnic University will be giving various conferences dedicated to astronomy, exploration of the brain, environmental risk management, nanomaterials and their technological possibilities, territorial regulation, wine in gastronomy, the birth and death of a star, stem cells and the energy crisis, among other matters. There are other proposals like the cinema forum on the Earth, astronomy workshops, one dedicated to the scientific principles that govern new creations in cuisine, and another aimed at children in which they can carry out different physics experiments.

Elche’s Miguel Hernández University will be holding an open day where those attending can get to know the Engineering course’s teaching and research laboratories, as well as carry out different experiments in the field of telecommunications. RUVID has also set up the photography competition “How do you see Science?”, the winners of which will be announced during this November. The Catholic University of Valencia will be providing a visit to the sea sciences laboratory and an activity related to different adaptations for elderly or disabled people.

The Regions’ delegation of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) has planned various guided visits to different Institutes such as the ones for Neurosciences, Aquaculture, the Desertification Research Centre, the Agrochemical and Food Technology Institute, and the ones for Molecular Plant Biology, Biomedicine, Corpuscular Physics and Chemical Technology. In addition, it is presenting the conference cycles “Science and Society” on the enigmas and advances in modern physics, and which will be held in Secondary Schools in cooperation with the Universitat de València, as well as scientific theatre and a cinema cycle aimed at Secondary School and Sixth Form students.

As well as different conferences and workshops, the Polytechnic University of Valencia will be presenting an inventions fair and Young Science Week, a set of small scientific pills with demonstrations, documentaries and exhibitions aimed at 4th year secondary school students and 1st year sixth-form students. The mathematics routes organised by the Universitat de València (UV) will allow youths from Secondary and Sixth-form Education to go on educational itineraries where they can learn about and appreciate mathematics in their surroundings in a pleasant way. Together with CSIC, the UV has also set up a series of conferences related to scientific current affairs and education, also aimed at this group of people.

Valencia Polytechnic University’s Gandía Campus will be providing two conferences on environmental management of Río Grande in Brazil and the world of neutrinos and other particles, as well as visits to environmental engineering and organisms laboratories, guided visits and interactive experiment workshops. The CEU Cardenal Herrera University will be providing a talk on pharmaceutical recipients throughout their history, and the Príncipe Felipe Research Centre is offering a guided tour of its facilities.

All of the activities can be consulted on the web page: