“Citizen science and the value of small things”, promoting participation in science cafes

Presented Thursday in the multipurpose room of the municipality “Posadas Scientific Coffee – Butterfly Effect”, which will take place on Friday 23 September, starting at 9:30 pm in the Eva Perón Hall of the Convention Center.

With the motto “Citizen Science and the Value of Small Things,” the initiative emerged to build a space, where the need to create new diffusion strategies reigns between two worlds that often seem very far apart but share an intimate relationship. Society interacts directly or indirectly, consciously or unconsciously, with scientific activity and its consequences on a daily basis.

The difficulty of accessing knowledge arises on the one hand because experts cannot always express their knowledge in a simple language and on the other hand, they are perceived by society as remote and accessible only in the academic field. Therefore, one of the biggest challenges of scientific publishing depends on how to present science to the public in an attractive and accessible way.

Through these activities, we seek synergies that consist in generating knowledge and promoting dialogue with the participating actors in the region. “We will seek to create an informal environment for scholarly communication and dissemination, which will be communal and friendly both for the experts speaking, and for the audience attending the meetings,” said Carla Alcolumber, Director of Educational Projects, University Agency.

The implementation of these meetings in the city was based on the successful experience of many cafes that have been developed all over the world for several years, which in this case have their own elements that make them special. Although there is a great variety of formats, with this proposal we will seek to create an informal and relaxed atmosphere, allowing for a direct dialogue between all participants.

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Along these lines, researcher at Conicet and Professor at Unam, Julián Ferreras, explained: “Scientific coffee was born not only with the aim of disseminating what professionals do, but also to involve society in discussions and decision-making. The interlocutor. Science must be part of everyday life, there is knowledge and tools that can be easily applied in everyone’s daily life.”

In 2013, the Posadas Science Café was held first at the Mandové Pedrozo Art Center, then at the Vicente Cidade Cultural Center and, since September 2018, in the Eva Perón Auditorium of the Congress Center. They are held one Friday a month from 9:30 p.m., where they extend to the middle all inclusive. On common topics, it seeks to include all areas of knowledge. So far, conversations have ranged from biology, genetics, ecology, educational sciences, anthropology, semiotics or the dilemma of power generation in our region.

From the municipality they urge to participate in these spaces, an ideal environment for exchanging knowledge and clarifying doubts about certain topics with different interests. The presentation was accompanied by Invg. from Conicet and the teachers from Unam, Dr. Marcos Miretti and Dr. Pablo Martina; and CPA Conicet, Lic Sergio Litwiniuk.

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