The Scientific Culture and Innovation Unit (UCC+i) of the University of Valencia has carried out a total of 295 scientific dissemination activities from July 2022 to September 2023, including training actions in Valencian institutes and varied dissemination events, both in the institution and in other locations, and in which 15,389 people have participated, to which the dissemination by INTER must be added. In addition, the UCC+i has published 354 entries referring to science, innovation and research on its website, of which 171 have been sent to the media.
The UCC+i of the University of Valencia has worked with the Higher Centre for Research in Public Health (FISABIO), the Foundation for Clinical Hospital Research (INCLIVA) and the Valencian Government through the Permanent Teacher Training Centres (CEFIRE), and the Institut d’Estudis Catalans, among others.
As for activities, 80 mathematical routes have been carried out (with a waiting list of 67). This is a proposal in which Valencia is used as a teaching resource for the dissemination of the teaching and learning of mathematics, carried out in collaboration with the Mathematical Education Society of the Valencian Community Al-Khwârizmî. In addition, 9 sessions have been held in the Walks through the History of Science workshop.
Stimulating scientific vocations is an activity that consists of a conference given by university professors and a subsequent dialogue with secondary and high school students or with the general public. In the dialogue, the research of the University and other centres in various areas of knowledge is explained. In this period, 64 of these activities have been carried out in secondary and baccalaureate centres and also in cultural centres and city halls, almost double that of the previous period, and 14 more than initially planned in the project. Of them, 45 have been directed to Secondary Education and the rest have been carried out in cultural centres.
Science workshops bring different disciplines closer to pre-university students. During the execution period, a total of 105 workshops have been carried out in secondary and baccalaureate centres, and 16 more in different spaces in the city, such as the City Hall Square of Valencia or the Vivers Garden, on the occasion of different commemorations and aimed at children and young people such as the European Researchers’ Night. In these workshops, 74 places have also been created on the waiting list, and these activities have been requested from several municipalities in Madrid, Teruel or Tarragona.
There have also been other types of activities such as 17 morning sessions, conversations and science bars, flexible formats adapted to different audiences, in public or private spaces, or 19 audiovisual pieces within the Emerging Science program, which have had 6,490 views on YouTube. This is a project in which doctoral and postdoctoral staff from the different research institutes of the University of Valencia and the joint centres participate by creating videos presenting their own research and disseminating it in accessible language.
Furthermore, in collaboration with the Foundation for the Promotion of Health and Biomedical Research of the Valencian Community (FISABIO), the UCC+i of the UV has organizsed the contest "When I grow up I want to be like...", a video contest about female scientists and technologists, with the aim of promoting scientific vocations and making visible the role of women in science among university students. This year, 31 educational centres participated, with 48 videos, and the awards gala at the Valencia Botanical Garden welcomed 270 people, with 7,400 views of the final video.
The plan of scientific dissemination and communication activities of the UCC+i of the University of Valencia has been able to be carried out thanks to the co-financing received from the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology, and the Ministry of Science and Innovation, the collaboration of various entities and the complicity of the staff that make them possible.
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