On Friday 19th October, an event to round off the Fundació Catalunya La Pedrera’s ‘Bojos per la ciència’ (‘Crazy for Science’) initiative took place at IBEC.
This year was the first year that IBEC took part in the ‘Bojos’ initiative, with a course devoted to bioengineering. 25 students have been coming to IBEC on eighteen Saturdays between January and October to attend in theoretical and practical sessions about the main areas of research in bioengineering applied to health: controlled drug release, biomaterials, regenerative therapies and the medicine of the future, among other topics. In addition, the students participated in complementary workshops where they looked at ethical questions and scientific communication, as well as getting hands-on experience of the research laboratory environment.
Friday’s closing event saw the students present their group projects, which involved presenting an idea for a solution to a medical problem using bioengineering. A panel of experts – Josep Samitier, Núria Montserrat and Elena Martínez – gave feedback and presented all the studetns with diplomas. In all, about 70 parents, teachers, students and researchers attended the closing event.
Aimed at students in their last two years of high school who are interested in a scientific career, ‘Bojos per la ciència’ collaborates with several of the leading research centres in Catalonia to provide weekend courses to prepare the students for careers in diverse disciplines such as chemistry, nutrition, economics, maths, new technologies, medicine and physics. Other BIST centres IFAE, ICIQ and the IRB were also taking part this year.
Watch IBEC’s video below to find out what taking part in ‘Bojos per la ciència’ meant to the students.