Open Day 2016
Saturday, October 1st 2016
Under the 10th Anniversary of the Barcelona Biomedical Research Park, once again, we'll open our doors to the public on the 1st of October. PRBB scientists and staff will explain what we do, how we do it 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.
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.
Preliminary Programme (in Catalan)
Do not miss it!
Online registration for guided visits from September 16, 2016.
With the support of:
Guided tours of the building: from 11am to 1.30pm and from 4pm to 7pm
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 11 am; last 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.
Strollers, bikes, scooters, etc. are not allowed in the building. There will be a secure space to leave them before the visit. Small children will have to be carried.
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, 16th 2016.
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 do targeted activities appropriate to their age.
Reading and drawing area
A space with games and activities for children!
See space regulations (in Catalan).
Experiments and activities: from 11 am to 2 pm and from 3 pm to 7 pm
The adventure of cancer research
Cancer seemed an incurable disease, but every day more people outgrow it. Preventing, classifying, observing and experimenting are some of the tools used by researchers to find solutions. In our experiments and workshops you will get an idea of how scientists work, and see some of the instruments they use. You will observe samples under the microscope and will be able to compare healthy and diseased tissues. You will see how a mutation is identified and you will understand how and why groups of people are studied according to their characteristics, as well as how computers help with all this.
Discover, experience, play... you'll have fun doing science!
To conduct the workshops and experiments in the square, you do not need prior registration.
Scientific talks: from 11 am to 6:30 pm
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!
We're preparing a new programme
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.
Building a spectrophotometer with your smartphone
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, 1 pm, 4:30 pm and 6 pm
Place: Aula 473, 4th floor
Mediterranean diet - Science at the table
Duration: 30-35 minutes
Groups of 25 people
Limited places. Adults specially from 55 to 75.
Timetable: 11 am, 12 pm, 1 pm, 4 pm, 5 pm and 6 pm
Place: Sala Xipre, 1st floor
See the workshops programme (in Catalan).
Limited places. Registration will be done through this website from September 16th or in person on October 1st. 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.
PRBB Science Show: 8 pm - PRBB Auditorium
The closing event of the PRBB Open Day is designed to transmit the fascination of science that one perceives in every corner of the park. A selection of 5 young scientists from the centres at PRBB have the task to explain their research topic in 8 minutes to the general public on the stage of the Auditorium.
The public will be able to vote the best presenter by means of the loudness of the applause, which will be measured. This response should reflect the ability of the scientist to transmit clearly a complex issue and the capacity to hold the attention of the audience.
The winner will receive the PRBB Science Show Award 2016.
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.