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Wednesday, 04 December 2019

NanoEduca receives the Premi Nacional de Comunicació Científica

The NanoEduca programme, fostered by the UB, ICN2, UAB and CESIRE, formally received the Premi Nacional de Comunicació Científica 2018 in an act celebrated at the Teatre Nacional de Catalunya last 3 December.

NanoEduca is an initiative designed to bring nanoscience and nanotechnology into secondary classrooms. It started on 2015, fruit of the collaboration between institutions that were already involved in the teaching or communication of things nano. The joint efforts of UB, ICN2, UAB and CESIRE have given as a result a programme with three main parts: teacher training, nanokits (pedagogical suitcase with several activities) and a poster contest for the students.

This programme has been awarded the 2018 National Scientific Communication Prize, given by the Catalan Foundation for Research and Innovation and the Catalan Government. Last 3 December, the awards ceremony took place. The singer and actress Elena Gadel presented the act, which used the history of the universe, from the Big Bang until now, as a narrative thread.

Between galaxy and galaxy, civilisation and civilisation, the President of the Catalan Government, Quim Torra, together with consellera Àngels Chacón, gave the awards. The winner of the National Research Prize was cosmologist Licia Verde, from the ICCUB, and the Prize to Young Talent was awarded to synthetic biology specialist Marc Güell, from the UPF. The other winners were Pasqual Maragall Foundation, in the Scientific Patronage category, and Repsol-BSC Research Center in the Public-Private Partnership one.

As for NanoEduca, the project coordinator of each institution was present to collect the prize: Jordi Díaz, from the UB, Àlex Argemí, from the ICN2, Gemma Garcia, from the UAB, and Julio Pérez, from CESIRE. The first two of them read a speech that appreciated the recognition and invited to continue working on the enjoyment of communicating and sharing science.

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