Open Day 2015
Saturday, October 3rd 2015
As every year the Barcelona Biomedical Research Park opens its doors to the public on the first Saturday of October. PRBB scientists and staff will explain what we do, how we do and where we do it. We will play with science, talk about the projects we work on, show you our laboratories as well as the equipment that we use and walk through the building. We will also offer several workshops, experiments and activities. You will also be able to visit the Mar University Campus, the academic building located next to the PRBB, where you can participate in workshops and activities and discover how the future scientists and health professionals are trained. We will finish the day with an interesting scientific coffee.
All in all, we propose you to spend the day having fun with science and getting to know a large infrastructure of the city and those who work in it.
And everything for free and for the whole family.
Do not miss it!
With the support of:
Guided tours of the building: from 10am to 1.30pm and from 4pm to 6pm
Do you know the PRBB building from within?
We open the building and invite you to follow us and to get to know our facilities: laboratories, equipment and services. PRBB researchers will show you what they do and where they do it, and will tell you about their jobs. Limited places.
Visit duration: 1 hour
Groups of 15 people
Group entries every 30 minutes
Morning: first visit at 10 am; las visit at 1.30 pm -
Afternoon: first visit at 4 pm; last visit at 6 pm.
Once you have registered, please make sure you arrive early, because 30 minutes before the visit starts, the spaces still available will be filled with people who did not have a space reserved. There are adapted routes for people with reduced mobility. Please specify in the registration form if you need it.
This year, we offer a space where children between 3 and 8 years old can participate in directed scientific activities while their parents enjoy the guided tour. More information on the section childrens’ space.
Online registration from September, 21st 2015.
In order to help parents with children from 3 to 8 years old who want to attend the guided visits and/or the conferences, we offer a safe space where children can realize targeted activities appropriate to their age.
Experimentation area: The smell of fruit fly larvae (Drosophila melanogaster)
Reading and drawing area
A space with games and activities for children!
See space regulations (in Catalan).
Experiments and activities: from 10am to 2pm and from 3pm to 6:30pm
We propose you to discover the human microbiome.
But what is the human microbiome? It is the set of all the microorganisms that are present in our body, such as in the mouth, skin or gut. To get to know these small guests you will cultivate your own microorganisms, observe samples through the microscope, extract their DNA or build a DNA molecule with sweets. Are you up for it?
Come to discover, experience, play ... you will have fun doing science!
No prior registration is required.
Scientific talks: from 11am to 6pm
There will be 45 minute talks in Ramón y Cajal, Marie Curie and Charles Darwin rooms, both in Catalan and Spanish. PRBB researchers will discuss topics as diverse as the effect of radiation, Alzheimer's disease, stem cells and regenerative medicine, and much more... Do not settle for less and ask the scientists directly!
See schedules and information about the talks in the program (in catalan)
Limited places. No previous registration required.
Workshops from 11 am to 6 pm
Workshops are the new proposal for this year's Open Day. We offer you three workshops placed in different locations inside the building where you can experiment, manipulate, create and learn from PRBB researchers.
Diagnosing a disease in the laboratory
Time: 30-40 minutes
Groups of 15
Limited places. From 16 years of age.
Timetable: 11:30 am, 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm, 4 pm and 5 pm
Building a microscope with your phone
Duration: 1 to 1’30 hours
Groups of 15 people
Limited places. From 14 years of age. Children 12 and 13 years old must be accompanied by an adult.
Timetable: 11 am, 12:30 pm and 5 pm
Role-play: environmental conditions and your health
Duration: 1 hour
Limited places. From 15 years of age
Hours: 11:30 am, 1 pm and 5:30 pm
See the workshops programme (in Catalan).
Limited places. Registration will be done through this website from September 21st or in person on October 3rd. People previously registered on the website must formalize the registration 30 minutes before starting the workshop. After that moment the groups will be completed with people who do not have place reserved.
The complexity of life: from a cell to a living organism
The Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG) is studying the genome and its relationship with common diseases such as cancer or genetic diseases, including rare diseases. The aim of the researchers os to help finding a cure for these diseases or to improve the quality of life of human beings.
Processes range from smaller elements such as molecules, cell organelles and cells themselves, through tissues and organs, up to living organisms. This sequence is precisely the theme of the exhibition, in which you can admire scientific images of great beauty and aesthetic and artistic value, which are worthy of being shared with all society.
Butterflies in one click
The huge variety of colours and patterns on butterfly wings is a spectacle of nature and a source of inspiration for those studying evolution. Thousands of species all over the world have a unique look, but it often requires a good eye to observe the subtleties of their beauty. Researchers from the Butterfly Diversity and Evolution Lab at the Institute of Evolutionary Biology (CSIC-UPF) show the details captured by their camera lens, offering fascinating images of European butterflies.
Scientific coffee at 7pm at the PRBB Square
Vaccines, where are we going?
The discovery of the smallpox vaccine in the XVIII century marked the beginning of a new era in public health. The control and, sometimes, eradication of lots of serious infectious diseases have saved an unknown number of lives and the findings in this field have been accompanied by spectacular survival data. However, much remains to be done: designing and developing new vaccines, reducing side effects and adverse reactions, improving vaccine administration, achieving the highest possible rate of population vaccination, better explaining the benefits of vaccines and disassociating vaccination schedules from the interests of pharmaceutical industry are some of the challenges ahead. The combination of scientific research and clinical practice will be, once again, the secret of success. During the scientific coffee, three experts will talk about these issues from different points of view.
Carlos Piñero, CRG researcher associated with the European project MycoSynVac will discuss the design of synthetic bacteria to produce vaccines.
Alex Olvera, IrsiCaixa researcher, the Institute for AIDS Research, will speak about the current development of a vaccine against AIDS from the University Hospital Germans Trias i Pujol in Badalona.
Oscar Garcia Algar, pediatrician at the Hospital del Mar and President of the Ethics Committee for Clinical Research (CEIC - PSMAR) will discuss the clinical reality and the best practices in vaccination.
Moderator: Milagros Perez Oliva, journalist from El País.
Members of the public can participate, ask and give their opinions while having some coffee and pastries in this friendly meeting. You can also submit questions in advance via twitter using #prbbcafe.
No previous registration is required.
Visit the University Campus Mar, from 11 am to 2 pm
Place: Dr. Aiguader 80 - University Building
Timetable: 11 am to 2 pm
Online registration for workshops to be published soon.
Magic workshops (Children’s Space)
Magic and science ... interesting, isn’t it? The young and the not so young can learn some magic tricks that will surprise their friends.
Do you know what an IPE is? Protect yourself as a scientist. Ergonomics and health workshops.
Measure your cardiovascular health
Do you have healthy habits? Do you stay in shape? Do you follow a Mediterranean diet? We will calculate your risk of coronary heart disease in the next 10 years and tell you what can you do to help prevent it.
The neuron’s mural
Paint, cut and paste your neuron in a large mural.
Come and investigate with us
How do you use your mobile? On which side of the head do you put it when you speak? Do you use the headset? Join us and help us figure out how new technologies are being used. We will also show you some research into how healthy is our city. You can see how polluted your neighbourhood is, what tools you can use to initiate change and how you can contribute as a citizen to the growing scientific knowledge.
How are organisms adapted to their environment?
The fruit fly (Drosophila melanogaster) helps us to understand how species continually adapt and evolve as well as the importance of biodiversity.
Researchers will introduce you to concepts such as the phylogenetic tree, the idea of "Gene flow" and the importance of studying the genomes of Great Apes.