Wednesday, December 2

Science online for the Mediterranean Night of the Researchers- Mednight 2020

Students, researchers and researchers from the UA are protagonists in «Mednight 2020».

Students, researchers and researchers from the UA are protagonists in «Mednight 2020».

In order to value Mediterranean science, the University of Alicante (UA) presents an extensive program of activities around the Mediterranean Night of the Researchers-Mednight 2020. Between November 23 to 27, through the web, researchers, researchers and students of the UA offer, in format online, various actions to publicize and bring to society aspects related to the science and the technology.

Among the activities, you can enjoy “Botany on campus”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 cultivated species in its gardens, a great learning opportunity for both the university community and for the enjoyment of society in general.

Geology in the city

Furthermore, in collaboration with the Department of Culture of the Alicante City Council has been organized “GeoAlicante: geology in the city”, virtual tour to know the geological secrets of the city of Alicante. The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences of the UA presents a route that will begin at the Castle of Santa Bárbara, will pass through the Ereta park, the slopes of Mount Benacantil, the Plaza de la Iglesia de Santa María, the Paseo de la Explanada and will end at the Postiguet beach. During this online tour, UA faculty and students will explain the heritage geological of Alicante with a scientific and informative approach.

Online games

Between November 23 and 27, you can participate in the “Let’s save our crops game (MUSA Project)”. Researchers from the Department of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resources and the Plant Pathology Laboratory of the UA test the latest techniques used in biological pest control with questions and answers.

On Friday, November 27, from 5 to 7:30 p.m., there will be a “Escape room robótico” hand in hand with the Department of Information Technology and Computing. The game will be played in two groups using the platform Google Meet, and will consist of solving a series of tests related to the programming and the robotic to find clues and passwords that allow access to the next phase in order to finish the tour in the shortest time possible. Designed to 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). Inscriptions in this link.

Poster for «Mednight 2020».

Workshops and talks

Via clips video, researchers, researchers and students from different areas of knowledge of the UA will respond to day-to-day scientific aspects and they will show some of the results of their research projects.

Specifically, topics such as bread science; from earth to the plate: the origin and transformation of foods; difficulties of bilingualism in African soccer players from the Mediterranean; Arqueocampus: archeology with open doors; obtaining drinking water from salt water; architecture for rainbows; Terra and culture of l’arròs: the culinary and gastronomic offer of the Alacantines regions; Why is there starch in my ham ?; What if a lion spoke? The GestINF project; How much do you know about medications ?; the performativity of assertiveness; geometry of soap bubbles and films; and the seismic vulnerability of high-rise buildings on the Alicante coast.

Finally, a astronomical observation remote address aimed at the entire university community and society in general 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 make a recognition of the sky with “all-sky” cameras. In addition to showing the astronomical observational techniques and obtaining the stellar limiting magnitude, It is intended 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.


From tomorrow, Monday, November 23, 2020, The access links to the different activities will be available on the web.

The activities organized by the University of Alicante 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 Foundation of the CV for the Promotion of Higher Studies (FFES); and the Department of Culture of the Alicante City Council.


Since 2018, the University of Alicante participates in the actions related to the “European Night of Researchers” through UA Divulga, Unit of Scientific Culture and Innovation (UCC + i), a project dependent on the Vice-Rector’s Office for Research and Knowledge Transfer and the Communication Unit. In previous editions, in face-to-face format, the event reached a successful participation of around 5,000 people of all ages. In a random survey 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 the Researchers-Mednight 2020 It 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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