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31/8/2016

CRG: Barcelona hosts, for the first time, the School of Molecular and Theoretical Biology for Secondary School Students

CRG: Barcelona hosts, for the first time, the School of Molecular and Theoretical Biology for Secondary School Students


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The SMTB School, funded by the Zimin Foundation, will be held thanks to the coordination of the Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG), and the collaboration of the Pompeu Fabra University (UPF), the Pere Tarrés Foundation, and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) in Barcelona, Spain. It will bring together 80 secondary school students worldwide, who from 2 to 18 of August will work on real scientific projects together with outstanding scientists.

Being a researcher requires motivation, creativity, critical thinking and dedication, which are qualities found in abundance in many secondary school students. Taking this premise as starting point, the School of Molecular and Theoretical Biology brings together intellectually restless and talented secondary school students with outstanding scientists. All of them will work together in real scientific experiments, which may lead into novel results.

Fyodor Kondrashov, ICREA research professor at the Evolutionary Genomics laboratory in the Centre for Genomic Regulation in Barcelona, is the scientific director of the School of Molecular and Theoretical Biology and was one of the driving forces of this initiative. “Unlike other workshops and summer school programmes, this school fully integrates the students in a research project. We believe that many high school students are ready to participate, intellectually and through work in the laboratory in real science. This experience will make a difference in their lives, so they are respected and considered as if they were adults. It will help them deciding whether science is for them or not,” explains Kondrashov. “Participants will hear lectures, learn how to perform different techniques and calculations, and explore or discuss current ideas in the molecular and theoretical biology fields. We do not offer any coaching or training aimed at improving scores of standardized tests or Olympiads. Our work and studies are focused purely on the scientific questions addressed in real laboratories,” he adds.

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