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The research that is developed and promoted from the University of Huelva will return to the streets thanks to the support of the Huelva City Council and will be made known to Huelva society within the framework of the european night of [email protected] [email protected] 2022 (European Researcher’s Night), the largest scientific outreach activity in Europe, which is held simultaneously in more than 300 European cities, including the capitals of the eight provinces of Andalusia, under the coordination of the Discover Foundation.

Huelva, through its Unit for Scientific Culture and Innovation (UCC+i), the Office for the Transfer of Research Results (OTRI) and the Office of the Vice President for Research and Transfer, has prepared an extensive program for this event, which will take place on September 30 in the tents on Avenida de Andalucía. More than 40 activities, with the participation of more than 200 Huelva researchers, making up the largest program that the UHU has prepared for the event since the first participation in 2012.

In the presentation of this edition, the rector of the University of Huelva, María Antonia Peña, stated that the European Night of [email protected] [email protected] It is one of the “most beautiful and special events of our university and of the universities, which connects us with the European university cities in unison and because it is an event where the University breaks that barrier, transparent, but which exists, between its classrooms, laboratories, and citizens, teaching what is done and contributing to the transfer of knowledge”.

Likewise, he has underlined the importance of “let’s recover tonight with full health normality and redoubled enthusiasm”. The rector, María Antonia Peña, and the vice-rector for Research and Transfer, José Rodríguez Quintero, have congratulated the entire UCC+i team for creating a program with almost fifty activities and with a diversity of themes and formats never seen before. before seen. Quintero has highlighted the work of the UCC+i and the OTRI, “whose staff are dedicated to bringing the University out into the streets”, so that “we have the opportunity to show society the work we do, and highlight that science improves our lives.”

For her part, Myriam Martín, director of the Scientific Culture and Innovation Unit, extended the words of the rector and the vice-rector to the entire UCC+i team, and expressed her gratitude to the more than 200 researchers registered this year for the European Night of [email protected] [email protected]an appointment that responds to the objective of this Unit, which is to “give greater visibility to the scientific work carried out from the University, and make the citizenry see that science can be understood by everyone”.

Myriam Martín has pointed out that the UCC+i has sought quantitative and qualitative growth, especially with the variety of content and formats. Thus, there are pre-events such as the visit to the castle of Niebla, “for which all reservations have been exhausted”.

Also present at the presentation were the Councilor for Tourism, Promotion of Huelva Abroad and University, Francisco Balufo; the provincial deputy, Leonor Romero; the territorial delegate for Educational Development and Vocational Training and University, Research and Innovation, Carlos Soriano; the director of External Chairs of the UHU, Francisco Barba, as well as representatives of the Social Council of the UHU.

The director of the UCC+i wanted to involve the research community in this event to make known, in a practical and playful way, the projects, achievements and the impact that this research has on daily life and on the progress of society. Likewise, with a special focus on younger people, it also seeks to awaken scientific vocations and promote the research career as a professional opportunity.

This 2022 edition is dedicated to the EU’s Horizon Europe Missions, from which it is committed to R&D&I with a social and economic impact in areas of interest for the EU and its citizens, and also contributes to them to the achievement of the objectives of the European Green Deal, the European Plan to Fight Cancer, and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Specifically, these missions are articulated around the areas: ‘Intelligent and climate-neutral cities’, ‘Cancer’, ‘Water and oceans’, ‘Adaptation to climate change’ and ‘Soil health and Food’.

Scheduled activities Night of the Researchers

Huelva proposes more than forty activities for this event, most of them in the tents on Avenida de Andalucía (central boulevard), as well as on the El Carmen Campus, including visits, workshops and games (gymkhanas, escape rooms and gaming).

It is a multidisciplinary program that, although it is aimed at the general public, seeks to capture the interest of the younger population, through activities such as the UHU Solar Vehicle Competition (which seeks to promote the study of technical education in ESO, Baccalaureate and Vocational Training students); ‘Little archaeologists for a day. Discover our past!’; ‘Living Prehistory: workshops to have fun while learning’; ‘Colours in chemistry’; the ‘Practical CPR mini-course for children’; ‘Touch the Maths: for a Dynamic and active Mathematics through the game’; ‘Reffect Africa: the game’; or the escape rooms ‘Open the chest of hydrogen’ or ‘Scape Lab Circular Mining’ (ETSI).

Likewise, interesting activities have been organized such as ‘The tourist challenge in abandoned mining towns’, the ‘Participatory Biodiversity Workshop’, ‘The long path of radiation’, ‘Aroma and wine tasting workshop’, a classic at this event how is the interaction with the MotoETSIUhu team, ‘Do you understand your electricity bill? Do you know how you could reduce it?’, ‘The INFAPOST Project: What worries children in the recovery scenario from the pandemic?’, ‘The antioxidant power of fruit and vegetables’, ‘Stories that trees tell us ‘, ‘Ecological treatment of acid mine drainage’, ‘INCLUREC: Are we developing inclusive resources?’, ‘Applications of drones in scientific research’, or ‘Life inside a river’.

The ‘Scientific’ exhibitions and the one entitled ’50 years changing the history of cancer’ have also been screened, an activity coordinated by the Spanish Association Against Cancer of 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 will be a special section for the Chemical Products and Processes Technology Research Center (Pro2TecS) of the UHU, with the activity ‘Pro2TecS does science for you. Chemical Engineering, a tool for the future’, which includes 5 different workshops: ‘Chemical Engineering for children’, ‘Biodegradable lubricating fats with nanofibers’, ‘Made in Spanish coffee’, ‘Smart lubricants, reality or science fiction? ‘ and Prepare your own hydroalcoholic gel’.

The Huelva Provincial Council will once again be present with the support of the Europe Direct Huelva Office, with the workshop ‘In contact with Europe’.

At the same time, the videos ‘An infallible compass for language: the Dictionary’, ‘Can novelty influence the motivation of EF students?’ and ‘What role do students’ emotions play during PE classes?’. These videos are part of the Researchers at School activity, which are activities that will be carried out with educational centers.

Guided visits

The program of the European Night of [email protected] [email protected] incorporates a series of guided tours. Among them is the visit to the Nuclear Science and Technology Workshop (Particle Physics Laboratory); visit to the Pedagogical Museum, where the workshop ‘How did we study at our great-great-grandparents’ school? Health, climate change and nature in textbooks’, or a pre-event that will consist of the ‘Visit to the castle of Niebla: power and memory of the Dukes of Medina Sidonia’ (September 29).

In addition, on September 28 two pre-events will be held, namely: ‘Planning: Andalusian linguistic landscape: evaluation and cartographic observation’, and the conference ‘The Economy of Francisco’, framed within the Cycle of Conferences ‘The Economy of Francisco: Principles and Responsible Practices for Industrial Organization and Business Management’.

international collaborations

This edition will once again collaborate 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 network users will be able to meet some of the researchers from the participating institutions through short videos.

The ‘Wiki Editathon’ activity will focus on updating Wikipedia articles linked to research, and especially within the WikiProject Women in Red project, which aims to provide content for the profiles of women who do not have data on Wikipedia. The Department of Equality and Attention to Diversity of Huelva will collaborate in this action. Finally, the University of Huelva will also participate in ‘European BioBlitz’, a 48-hour citizen science activity that seeks researchers and the public to work together to explore and record the different species of flora and fauna in each European region.

The European Night of [email protected] [email protected] is a scientific dissemination activity financed by the European Union within the Horizon Europe Program under the Marie Sktodowska-Curie action, and coordinated in Andalusia through the Discover Foundation, belonging to the Ministry of Economy, Knowledge, Business and University.

At the University of Huelva, it has the support of the Social Council, the Wine Chair, the Province Chair, the Juan Ramón Jiménez Chair, the CEPSA Foundation Chair and the Fertinagro Biotech Chair. In addition, this activity is part of the project approved by FECYT within the framework of the Call for Grants for the Promotion of Scientific, Technological Culture and Innovation, under the title ‘Scientific Dissemination Plan of the University of Huelva 2022-2023 (UCC+i)’..

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