Explorers’ Night excites the children of Huelva

The studies that have been developed and promoted by the University of Huelva took to the streets this Friday to present himself to the public of Huelva as part of the European Night of [email protected] [email protected] 2022 (European Researcher’s Night), Europe’s largest science outreach event held simultaneously every year in more than 300 European citiesincluding the capitals of the eight provinces of Andalusia, under the coordination of the Discover Foundation.

Rector Maria Antonia Peña at the opening of the event.

The Huelvathrough its Unit for Scientific Culture and Innovation (UCC+i), the Office of Transfer of Research Results (OTRI) and the Office of the Vice President for Research and Transfer, developed extensive program for this event, which took place in the marquees of Avenida de Andalucía. More than 40 activities, with the participation of more than 200 researchers from Huelva, make up the largest program that UHU has prepared for the event since the first participation in 2012.

The The Rector of the University of Huelva, Maria Antonia Peña, He stressed the importance of the public being aware of what is being done in public universities, “what is being researched and how it is being researched”, something “particularly important” for the academic institution in Huelva, he stressed.

Hundreds of boys and girls attended Explorers' Night.
Hundreds of boys and girls attended the Night of [email protected]

During the opening of the event, Peña also expressed his satisfaction with the increase in activities. We are breaking records, with a very diverse activity and with 200 researchers from all fields,” he emphasized.

The head of the University of Huelva also highlighted the way of promoting the research carried out at the University of Huelva, as it is done “in a very understandable and informative way so that people can also enjoy it”, she stressed.

Likewise, UHU’s Director of Scientific Culture and Innovation, Miriam Martin, expressed her satisfaction with the “record numbers” of this edition, in which “we almost doubled the activities compared to other editions”, he emphasized.

One of the desks.
One of the desks.

In addition, “all the faculties and fields of knowledge” of the University of Huelva are involved,” continued Martin during the opening of the event, which has the support of the Huelva City Council, the Provincial Council and the Government of Andalusia, represented in an event by Councilor Francisco Balufo , Deputy Leonor Romero and University, Research and Innovation Representative Carlos Soriano.

Scientific seminars.
Scientific seminars.

Finally, the director of the research and innovation department emphasized that the face-to-face activities are combined with others in a virtual way, with which Huelva wants to give the opportunity to participate to all the people who are interested in it and who I could not go to the tents on Avenida de Andalucía.

Well The 2022 edition is dedicated to EU Horizon Europe missions, of which it engages in R+D+I with social and economic impact in areas of interest to the EU and its citizens, and also contributes with them to the achievement of the objectives of the European Green Deal, the European Plan to Fight Cancer and the Sustainable Development Goals development (SDGs).

Specifically, these missions are framed around the areas of: Smart and Climate Neutral Cities, Cancer, Water and Oceans, Climate Change Adaptation and Soil Health and Food.

Planned activities

La Huelva offered more than forty activities for this invitation, most of them in the tents of Avenida de Andalucía (central avenue) as well as in the El Carmen campus, including visits, workshops and games (gyms, escape rooms and games) .

It is a multi-disciplinary program which, although aimed at the general public, seeks to attract the interest of the younger population through activities such as the UHU Solar Vehicle Competition (which seeks to encourage the study of technical education in ESO, Baccalaureate and Vocational students training); “Little archaeologists for a day. Discover our past!’; Living Prehistory: Fun While You Learn Workshops; “Colours in Chemistry”; “Practical CPR Mini-Course for Children”; “Touch mathematics: for dynamic and active mathematics through play”; “Reeffect Africa: The Game”; or the Open the Hydrogen Crate or Scape Lab Circular Mining (ETSI) escape rooms.

In the same way, interesting activities such as e.g “The Tourism Challenge in Abandoned Mining Towns”Participatory Biodiversity Workshop“, “The Long Path of Radiation”, “Aroma and Wine Tasting Workshop”, classics in this event like the interaction with the MotoETSIUhu team, “Do you understand your electricity bill? Do you know how you can reduce it?’, ‘The INFAPOST Project: What worries children in the pandemic recovery scenario?’, ‘The antioxidant power of fruits and vegetables, “Stories that trees tell us”, “Environmental treatment of acid mine drainage”, “INCLUREC: Are we making inclusive resources?”, “Drone applications in scientific research” or “Life in a river”.

They are also designed “Science” exhibitions and this one entitled “50 years changing the history of cancer”an activity coordinated by the Spanish Association against Cancer Huelva, or micro-meetings around the figure of Zenobia Camprubí, the European project ATMOS, and on the figure of Daniel Vázquez Díaz as an icon of Huelva art.

There was also a special section for UHU Chemical Products and Process Technology Research Center (Pro2TecS)., with the activity “Pro2TecS does science for you. Chemical Engineering, a Tool for the Future’, which includes 5 different workshops: ‘Chemical Engineering for Kids’, ‘Biodegradable Lubricants with Nanofibres’, ‘Made in Spanish Coffee’, ‘Smart Lubricants, Reality or Science Fiction?’, and Make Your Own proprietary hydroalcoholic gel’.

At the same time, the videos “Can the new affect the motivation of physical education students?” and “What role do students’ emotions play during physical education classes?”. These videos are part of the Explorers in School activity, which are activities that will be carried out with education centres.

Atmosphere of the main street of the tent
Atmosphere of the main street of the tent

international collaborations

In this edition, it again cooperates in international activities with other European Researchers’ Nights, this time in Sweden, Scotland, Italy, Malta, Ireland and Croatia, through three activities.

On the one hand, “Meet the researcher”, in which social media users were able to meet some of the researchers from the participating institutions through short videos.

The Wiki Editathon focuses on updating Wikipedia articles related to research, and especially within the WikiProject Women in Red project, which aims provide content to the profiles of women who do not have Wikipedia entries.

Huelva’s Equality and Diversity Department is collaborating in this action. Finally, the University of Huelva is also participating in the “European BioBlitz”, a 48-hour citizen science activity that seeks researchers and the public to work together to explore and record the different types of flora and fauna in each European region.

SHU was able to gather hundreds of students with its proposal.
SHU was able to gather hundreds of students with its proposal.

European Night of [email protected] [email protected] is an activity for the dissemination of scientific information, funded by the European Union under the Horizon Europe program under Marie Sktodowska-Curie action and coordinated in Andalusia through the Discover Foundation, belonging to the Ministry of Economy, Knowledge, Business and University. The University of Huelva has the support of the Social Council, the President of Wine, the President of the Province, the President of Juan Ramón Jimenez, the President of the CEPSA Foundation and the President of Fertinagro Biotech. In addition, this activity is part of the project approved by FECYT within the call for grants for the promotion of scientific, technological culture and innovation, under the title “University of Huelva Scientific Information Dissemination Plan 2022-2023 (UCC+ i) ‘.

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