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IBE participates in the Barcelona International Youth Science Challenge

IBE participates in the Barcelona International Youth Science Challenge

The Barcelona International Youth Science Challenge (BIYSC) is a two-week program with no equivalent in Spain that aims to connect students who are passionate about science with top researchers of the best international research centers based in Catalonia.

14.03.2016

 

The Barcelona International Youth Science Challenge (BIYSC) is a two-week program with no equivalent in Spain that aims to connect students who are passionate about science with top researchers of the best international research centers based in Catalonia.

Facing a scientific challenge, sharing two weeks with young people from around the world that are passionate about science and getting to know renowned scientists of the 10 most prestigious research centers in Catalonia are, essentially, three elements that shape the new scientific program that Catalunya-La Pedrera Foundation launches this summer. The Barcelona International Youth Science Challenge (BIYSC) was born with the aim of stimulating scientific talent of a hundred of young people aged between 16 and 19 years-old, who will directly work with internationally renowned researchers within the best research centers based in Catalonia.

This new program aims to attract talented young scientists from July 11th to 22nd, who will meet in Barcelona to work in different science’s fields through scientific debates, lectures, workshops, visits to international research centers and a project in which they will be involved during their stay.

The BIYSC is a multidisciplinary program that includes biomedicine, genetics, biotechnology, biochemistry, chemistry, evolutionary biology, photonics, robotics, nanotechnology and bioethics. It is a challenge for young science students from worldwide, whom they can already apply on the official website of the program.

IBE is one of the chosen research institutes to participate in this program and as such, it will be coordinating the project "Uncovering the hidden diversity of the oceans", which focuses on the characterization of a newly discovered species of microorganism from the Artic Ocean.

The students are challenged to:

  • learn about evolution and diversity of microbial eukaryotes.
  • be able to solve a real-life problem (discovery of a putative new species) and be exposed to its scientific context (lack of knowledge about many eukaryotic groups).
  • see how the study of new species can led to important insights in fundamental evolutionary questions.
  • grasp the importance of fine alignment and careful planning and manipulation in a complex experimental setting.
  • be challenged into research life at the very frontier of science in evolutionary biology.
  • discover the importance of team work and multidisciplinary education.
  • understand the importance of effectively communicating research results.
  • spend time and share views with different IBE researchers.

For more information: http://biysc.org/

For more info on how to apply: http://biysc.org/applynow

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