In order to value Mediterranean science, the University of Alicante (UA) presents a wide program of activities gathered within «Mednight 2020», the Mediterranean Night of the Researchers. Between November 23 and 27, through the web page https://mednight.eu/sede-alacant, researchers, researchers and students of the UA offer, in online format, various actions to publicize and bring to society aspects related to science and the technology.
Among the activities, you can enjoy “Botany on campus”, a guided tour of the UA campus to learn about its biodiversity. In video format, researchers from the Botany and Plant Conservation Group and Botany students will show some of the Gymnosperm species, the oldest group of plants with seeds and of which there is a good representation in the UA landscaping. The San Vicente del Raspeig campus houses more than 300 species grown in its gardens, a great learning opportunity for both the university community and for the enjoyment of society in general.
Geology in the city
In collaboration with the Department of Culture of the Alicante City Council, the university has organized “GeoAlicante: geology in the city”, a virtual tour to learn about the geological secrets of the city. The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences of the UA presents a route that will begin in the Castle of Santa Bárbara, it will pass through the Ereta Park, the slopes of Mount Benacantil, the Plaza de la Iglesia de Santa María, the walk of the Explanada and will end at Postiguet beach. During this online tour, UA faculty and students will explain Alicante’s geological heritage with a scientific and informative approach.
Between November 23 and 27, it will be possible to participate in the «Save our crops game (MUSA Project)» through which researchers from the Department of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resources and the UA Plant Pathology Laboratory put the players to the test with questions and answers about the latest techniques used in biological pest control.
On Friday, November 27, from 5 to 7:30 p.m., there will be a “robotic escape room”, which is run by the Department of Information Technology and Computing. This game will be played in two groups using the Google Meet platform, and will consist of solving a series of tests related to programming and robotics to find clues and passwords that allow access to a next phase in order to finish the tour in the shortest possible time. Designed for young people between 10 and 16 years old, participants must have a computer with an Internet connection to participate. The capacity of the activity is 20 participants per group (40 places in total), and registrations can be made on the web https://mednight.eu/blog/events/escape-room-robotico/
Workshops and talks
Through video clips, researchers and students from different areas of knowledge at the UA will respond to day-to-day scientific aspects and will show some of the results of their research projects. Specifically, the day will address very diverse topics, such as “the science of bread”, “from the earth to the plate: the origin and transformation of food”, “difficulties of bilingualism in African Mediterranean soccer players”, “Arqueocampus: archeology with the doors open “,” obtaining drinking water from salt water “,” architecture for rainbows “,” terra i cultura de l’arròs: l’office culinària i gastronomic de les comarques alacantines “,” why is there starch in my ham? “,” what if a lion spoke? The GestINF project “,” how much do you know about medicines? “,” The performativity of assertiveness “,” geometry of soap bubbles and films “, and” the seismic vulnerability of high-rise buildings on the Alicante coast “.
Finally, on Friday, November 27 from 7 to 10 p.m., a remote astronomical observation will be carried out aimed at the entire university community and society in general, organized by the UA Astronomy and Astrophysics Research Group. During the broadcast, it will be possible to observe the Moon, Jupiter and Saturn, as well as to make a reconnaissance of the sky with “all-sky” cameras. In addition to showing astronomical observational techniques and obtaining the stellar limit magnitude, they aim to raise awareness of the problems derived from light pollution, in general, and how they affect astronomy, in particular. The activity is subject to the weather conditions of the moment.
Starting tomorrow, Monday, November 23, 2020, the access links to the different activities will be available on the website https://mednight.eu/sede-alacant/. The activities organized by the university have the support of the Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT) of the Ministry of Science and Innovation; the Department of Innovation, Universities, Science and Digital Society, through the Valencian Community Foundation for the Promotion of Higher Studies (FFES); and the Department of Culture of the Alicante City Council.
Since 2018, the University of Alicante has participated in actions related to the “European Researchers’ Night” through UA Divulga, Unit for Scientific Culture and Innovation (UCC + i), a project dependent on the Vice-Rector’s Office for Research and Transfer of Knowledge and Communication Unit. In previous editions, in face-to-face format, the event was successful with the participation of around 5,000 people of all ages. A random survey by the UA carried out during the 2019 edition of those attending the event, the general assessment made of this action was 9.05 out of 10.
The Mediterranean Night of Researchers, “Mednight 2020”, is an event associated with the initiative “European Night of Researchers” of the European Union. “Mednight 2020” was born as a result of the collaboration of a consortium formed by the University of Alicante together with 11 representative entities of research and scientific dissemination in the Valencian Community and the Region of Murcia.
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