The UC3M presents 44 proposals at the 21st Madrid Science and Innovation Week

The Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) is participating in the Madrid Science and Innovation Week with a total of 44 free R&D&I disclosure activities that allow participants to get to know, both in person and online, the different projects being undertaken by the institution through lectures, courses and workshops, demonstrations, webinars, guided tours, etc. These activities will take place on the University’s campuses and in other collaborative spaces within the Community of Madrid.

The slogan for the new edition is "One science for humanity’s greatest challenges". This year, the UC3M is presenting twenty workshops on a wide range of topics, such as liquid surface art, machine learning, space junk, biodiversity and bio bricolage, virtual reality bodystorming, surgery of the future, the bodily creation of multisensory data representations, virtual reality training for astronauts, plasma state, satellite orientation physics, plasma space engines, origami as personal protection, intelligent artificial skin, cosmic rays that fall on our heads, virtual reality for telecommuting, and sensory technology.

There will also be several guided tours of the science laboratories at the UC3M’s School of Engineering, where the characterisation of the engines that will take us to Mars, controlling air in a wind tunnel, and the development of humanoid robotics is being undertaken. In addition to this, there will be a guided tour of the Prado Museum through the eyes of artists from Rome and Pompeii and a couple of demonstrations in which participants can learn about LiFi connectivity (Light Fidelity) and test a wheelchair simulator using a motion platform and virtual reality glasses.

Several round tables will take place that focus on current topics, such as science and journalism about "vaccines" against fake news, the academic and professional future of motorcycling, Artificial Intelligence in the face of climate change, Chinese management, energy poverty and digitisation, or violence against children. In addition to this, two lectures will address looking back in the audio-visual genres of horror and science fiction, or the ethics and behaviour of androids. On the other hand, participants can visit an exhibition about the work of female scientists and technologists in the main hall of the Leganés Central Library.

Other activities will take place online, such as a webinar about gender and social vulnerability, an online meeting with researchers about rehabilitation and clinical diagnosis through serious games and virtual reality, a virtual didactic walkthrough of induction heating, a webinar about designing infographics for climate change, and another online meeting with female researchers about the risks of technology.

Activities for the IES (Institute for Secondary Education)

Some activities are aimed specifically at students in their 3rd and 4th year of secondary education, those in their final years of high school, and those undertaking training cycles. Tickets for these activities can be reserved via this website. A concert-conference will take place in the UC3M’s Leganés Auditorium which will deepen the relationship between music and other fields, such as medicine, sport, painting, literature, and cinema. In addition to this, there will be an online meeting to discuss blockchain, micro assets, and digital currency, as well as a workshop about the importance of optics and mirrors for concentrating the sun. The following week will begin with two workshops aimed at educational centres: one about photonics, fake news and scientific methods, and the other about elemental analysis using atomic emission spectroscopy. Finally, there will be a guided exhibition about generating clean energy using large kites and drones, as well as a workshop about experimenting with spatial sound and music of the future.

The UC3M is taking part in this scientific disclosure event which encourages the population to take part and is organised by the Community of Madrid via the Fundación para el Conocimiento madri+d, which aims to get the public actively involved in science, technology, and innovation, as well as encourage scientific vocations among the younger population eliminating gender barriers from the first training cycles. The event is supported by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation’s Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT, in its Spanish acronym).


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