Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile: Cientifica tu Casa starts a new cycle with a special focus on women and the elderly

The initiative promoted by the Research Directorate will have an unprecedented series of scientific outreach meetings with 16 women from 25 institutions, both national and international. On the other hand, there will be a cycle of activities focused on the elderly, so that they can get closer to science and new technologies.

photo_camera The official show is scheduled for next Wednesday, June 2, beginning with the unprecedented cycle “DivulgadorAS” that will bring together outstanding women scientists.

Despite the fact that the health crisis has presented many challenges, scientific dissemination and education finds new formats to continue reaching people . This year, in a completely online format, the UC Research Directorate launches a new version of the Cientifica tu Casa program, in its 2021 edition .

There will be four different areas that will be addressed during these months, with weekly activities, talks, talks and workshops that aim to bring science closer to various audiences. The official show is scheduled for next Wednesday, June 2 at 6:00 p.m., beginning with an unprecedented cycle that will bring together outstanding women scientists.

This unpublished cycle seeks to highlight new female references in topics such as astronomy, mathematics, education, art, illustration, among others. There will be five talks, made up of up to four female panelists from various areas and belonging to more than 25 institutions present both in Chile and abroad.

The talks will be transmitted via streaming every Wednesday of June at 6:00 p.m. through the official YouTube channel and on the official Facebook of the UC , with next Wednesday June 2 being the official start.

Indeed, this first meeting, entitled: “DivulgadorAS Universales”, will bring together Daniela Fernández, Resident astronomer of the UC Teaching Observatory and founder of “Little Big Stars” , which seeks to bring astronomy closer to girls and boys of initial education; to Javiera Rey, PhD in Astrophysics at the University of Geneva, co – founder of Star Three , space YouTube astronomical disclosure, and who now works as scientific data on the video game company Giant Robot Monkey .

They will also be joined by Jennifer Anguita Agüero, CATA scientific communicator and on social networks such as “astronomiarapidita” . Monitor at the USACH Planetarium, monitor and scientific advisor at “Star Hunters ” at the University of Chile; They will also be joined by Teresa Paneque, a master’s degree in astronomy and scientific communicator, and who is currently doing her doctorate in astronomy at the European Southern Observatory in Germany and the University of Leiden in the Netherlands.

You can see the complete program for the month of DivulgadorAS by clicking here ; Furthermore, you can follow more news each week through the official UC social networks, such as its Twitter , and also on the Twitter account of the UC Research Directorate.

Scientific your home 60+
Without a doubt, the elderly have been among the most affected during the pandemic. Being a high-risk population, they have had to take extreme measures of confinement, preventing, for example, sharing with family and friends. Faced with this scenario, they have had to approach new technologies to stay in contact.

In this sense, the cycle of activities Cientifica tu casa 60+ will seek to support these new technological competences, together with bringing them closer to other areas of knowledge, with various talks and workshops . Mathematics, internet and social media management, Sexuality, Nutrition, Opera, among others, in a systematic work that has been co-designed with social organizations for the elderly, the Center for the Study of Aging and Aging , the Faculty of Mathematics and the Millennium Institute Basis of the Data .

This series of activities will take place during the months of September and October through the Zoom platform. Registration will be reported soon through the UC social networks and the UC Research Directorate.

Among the activities that will be carried out, the talk about “hyperbolic reefs” with researchers from the Faculty of Mathematics stands out, where they will be able to create a crochet coral with hyperbolic characteristics ; On the other hand, for those who love mathematics there will be a talk about “Fermi problems”, which are calculation problems in which an approximate but reasonable solution is expected as an answer, given that the starting data are limited or they are not explicitly defined and prevent an exact solution.

To this, conversations will be added in the context of the web series “The Digital Golden Years” , developed by academics from the Millennium Institute on Data Fundamentals (IMFD) during 2020. In each instance, participants will be able to tell their experiences in the use of technology and / or raise your doubts and concerns, using the videos of the web series as an introduction to each topic.

Learn more about this work in the following video:

The science that communicates
Now in its second season, this will be a cycle of eight talks with UC experts on various topics of general interest . What is entertaining about this version is that a space for conversation with the speaker will be set up, which will be moderated by the academic from the Faculty of Communications and well-known scientific communicator Macarena Rojas.

Below you can relive a chapter from the past cycle:

This panel will be held from the UC Innovation Center (if sanitary conditions allow it) and will be transmitted by streaming every Wednesday in July and August at 6:00 p.m., with the possibility of receiving questions from the audience.

Tell your Science
Finally, the “Tell your Science” initiative will consist of four two-hour workshops specially dedicated to UC researchers in the areas of biochemistry – cell biology – molecular biology; physics and mathematics.

Each workshop will have a maximum of 20 places, in order to allow an enriching interaction for the participants. These will be held between July 28 and 30, and between August 4 and 6, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., through the Zoom platform . Soon the registration will be reported through the UC social networks and the UC Research Directorate .

The structure of each workshop will be with a theoretical, an experiential and a practical part. The theoretical part will be developed by Dr. Rocío Jaña, who has been involved in scientific dissemination since 2004, dedicating herself completely to it since 2013.

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