News from IBE
Sixty-six youngsters (aged between 16 and 19) from around the world with a passion for science are spending July in research centres around Catalonia as part of the new programme called Barcelona International Youth Science Challenge (BIYSC), run by the Catalunya-La Pedrera Foundation. Unparalleled in Spain, this programme seeks to bring together youngsters with a passion for science and researchers in prestigious centres in Catalonia. IBE is participating in this initiative through the project “Uncovering the hidden diversity of the oceans”, led by the Multicellgenome Lab.
In the first week, participants attended conferences and debates with scientists at Món Sant Benet in Sant Fruitós del Bages. Last Tuesday, Prof Xavier Bellés, Director of the Institute and head of the Evolution of Insect Metamorphosis group, gave a talk about the molecular mechanisms that drive insect metamorphosis and why this process is so fascinating. After dinner, the PhD students Lidia Escoda and Silvia Chafino explained what they are working on and answered the student’s questions.
During their time at IBE, the young people will participate in genetics and microscopy workshops and learn to analyse and visualize these data. In a closing act held in the building “La Pedrera”, this Friday, after 11 days of work, the participants will present the projects in which they have been involved.