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University of Alicante presents an extensive online programme for the Mediterranean Women Researchers' Night - Mednight 2020

From 23 to 27 November, talks, workshops, information pills, games, a geological and botanical route and a stargazing session will highlight Mediterranean science 




Alicante, Tuesday 17 November 2020

With the aim of promoting Mediterranean science, the University of Alicante presents a broad programme of activities around the Mediterranean Women Researchers' Night. From 23 to 27 November 2020, via the Mednight 2020 website, researchers and students from the UA will offer an online session with activities to raise awareness and bring aspects related to science and technology closer to society. The programme is detailed below.



“Botany at the UA campus”: an online visit to the campus of the University of Alicante to learn about its biodiversity. Researchers from the UA Botany and Plant Conservation Group and UA students of Botany will show some Gymnosperm species, the oldest group of plants with seeds and which is well represented in the UA garden. The San Vicente del Raspeig campus hosts more than 300 species grown in its gardens, a great learning opportunity for both the university community and society in general.

"GeoAlicante: geology in the city": a virtual tour to discover the geological secrets of the Alicante city. In collaboration with the Alicante City Council's Department of Culture, the UA's Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences presents a route that will start at Santa Bárbara Castle, passing through Ereta Park, the slopes of Mount Benacantil, Santa María Church Square, the ‘Explanada’ promenade and will end at the Postiguet Beach. During this online tour, teachers and students from the UA will explain the geological heritage of Alicante with a focus on popular science.


Online Games

From 23 to 27 November, researchers from the Department of Marine Sciences and Applied Biology and the UA Phytopathology Laboratory will be testing the latest techniques used in biological pest control via the H2020 MUSA project game "Salvemos nuestros cultivos” (Let's save our crops). 

On Friday 27 November, from 5 to 7.30 p.m., a ‘Robotic Escape Room" will be held by the Department of Information Technology and Computing. The 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 in order to find clues/passwords that allow access to the next phase in order to finish the tour in the shortest time possible.


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The robotic escape room requires prior enrolment using this link. Designed for young people between 10 and 16 years of age, participants must have a computer with an Internet connection. The capacity of the activity is 20 participants per group (40 places in total). 


Workshops and talks

Through video pieces, UA researchers and students from different fields of knowledge will respond to scientific aspects of daily life and show some results of their research projects. In particular, topics such as the science of bread; the origin and transformation of food; the difficulties of bilingualism in African footballers in the Mediterranean; Arqueocampus: archaeology with open doors; obtaining drinking water from salt water; architecture for rainbows; the culinary and gastronomic variety of the counties in Alicante; why is there starch in ham; what would happen if a lion spoke? The GestINF project; how much do you know about medicines; the performativity of assertiveness; the geometry of soap bubbles and films; and the seismic vulnerability of high-rise buildings on the coast of Alicante.


Stargazing session

Remote session aimed at the entire university community and society in general by the UA Astronomy and Astrophysics Research Group During the broadcast, the Moon, Jupiter and Saturn will be observed, as well as the sky (with "all-sky" cameras). In addition to showing stargazing techniques and obtaining the stellar limiting magnitude, the aim is 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 meteorological conditions of the moment.



The links to the different activities will be available on this websitefrom Monday 23 November 2020.

The activities organised by the University of Alicante are supported by the  Science and Technology Foundation (FECYT) from the Ministry of Science and Innovation; the Regional Department for Universities, Science and Digital Society, through the Valencian Foundation for the Promotion of Higher Education (FFES); and the Alicante City Council Department of Culture.  


Mednight 2020 Consortium

Mednight 2020 is the collaboration of a consortium of 12 institutions: University of Alicante, University Miguel Hernández of Elche, University of Murcia, Polytechnic University of Cartagena, University of Valencia, Polytechnic University of Valencia, Universitat Jaume I, Fisabio Foundation, Seneca Foundation - Region of Murcia Science and Technology Agency, INCLIVA and the Spanish National Research Council, under the coordination of The Kaleidoscope. The Mediterranean Women Researchers' Night (Mednight) is an event associated with the European Union's "European Researchers' Night" initiative, funded by the Marie Sktodowska-Curie actions, with call identifier H2020-MSCA-NIGHT-2020.



Since 2018, the University of Alicante has been participating in activities related to the "European Researchers' Night" through UA Divulga, the Scientific Culture and Innovation Unit (UCC+i). UA Divulga is supported by the Spanish Science and Technology Foundation (FECYT), which is part of the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities.

In previous editions, the event was a success with the participation of around 5,000 people of all ages. In a random survey carried out during the 2019 edition to those attending the event, the overall rating of this action was 9.05 out of 10.


Mednight 2020 video collection


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