Pessics de Ciència was born in 2003 in the Sant Josep Cultural Center, a facility of the Hospitalet de Llobregat City Council. Initially organized scientific events on a discontinuous basis. In 2007, a clear commitment was made to make the Pessics de Ciència project the main work program of the cultural center, and activities began to be scheduled in a stable and continuous manner. Starting in 2009, this work will be further enhanced by scheduling weekly activities. Since then, he has regularly participated in the Science Week, organized by the Catalan Foundation for Research and Innovation, and since 2012 he has been collaborating on a special program with the World Brain Awareness Week (BAW).
During these years, Pessics de Ciència has established itself as a benchmark in the dissemination of science and technology in L’Hospitalet. It has brought science closer to the public under the principles of equity, equality and social cohesion, always faithful to the rigor and expertise of its contents and collaborators.
IDIBELL has collaborated, and still collaborates, with this project by organizing conferences and other scientific outreach activities. Now, Joan Duran, a member of the Communication and Fundraising Unit of IDIBELL, is joining the Scientific Committee of Pessics de Ciència, together with representatives of other scientific entities in Catalonia. The signing of the Committee was formalized on March 10, 2022 and its objectives are to give greater consistency to the project by providing prestige and knowledge, to advise on the main lines of work and to provide a qualitative assessment. Its members have an advisory role in the activities of the project, providing scientific criteria and facilitating contacts for possible participation, and collaborating in conducting activities and talks, either as moderators or speakers.
Here are the members:
- Joan Duran. PhD in biochemistry, member of the Communication Unit of the Bellvitge Biomedical Research Institute (IDIBELL) and associate professor at the University of Barcelona. Writer, cultural manager and co-director of the Sitges Poetry Festival and various literary events.
- Gemma Marfany. PhD in biology. Professor of Genetics at the University of Barcelona. Director of the U-718 Rare Diseases Research Group at the University of Barcelona and CIBERER. Delegate of the UB Rector for scientific dissemination.
- Jordi Díaz. PhD in chemistry from the UB and senior materials engineer from the UPC / UB. Coordinator of Manometric Techniques at the Science and Technology Centers of the University of Barcelona (CCiTUB) and the NanodivulgaUB unit.
- Jordi Serrallonga. Archaeologist, naturalist, explorer and scientific disseminator. Professor at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya and lecturer at the UAB and UdG. Collaborator of the Museum of Natural Sciences of Barcelona and co-director of the Invisible Animals Project
- Mara Dierssen. Degree in Medicine and PhD in Neurobiology from the University of Cantabria. He leads the Cellular and Systems Neurobiology group of the Systems Biology Program at the Center for Gnomic Regulation (CRG) in Barcelona.
- Núria Salan. PhD in Materials Science and Metallurgical Engineering from the UPC. Professor of Metallurgy at the School of Industrial, Aerospace and Audiovisual Engineering of Terrassa (ASEIAAT) of the UPC.
- Rubén Permuy. Degree in Journalism and master’s degree in Scientific, Medical and Environmental Communication. Research and Media Communication Technician at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC), as President of the Catalan Association of Scientific Communication (ACCC).
Text adapted from ACCC: link
The Bellvitge Biomedical Research Institute (IDIBELL) is a biomedical research center created in 2004. It is participated by the Bellvitge University Hospital and the Viladecans Hospital of the Catalan Institute of Health, the Catalan Institute of Oncology, the University of Barcelona and the City Council of L’Hospitalet de Llobregat.
IDIBELL is a member of the Campus of International Excellence of the University of Barcelona HUBc and is part of the CERCA institution of the Generalitat de Catalunya. In 2009 it became one of the first five Spanish research centers accredited as a health research institute by the Carlos III Health Institute. In addition, it is part of the “HR Excellence in Research” program of the European Union and is a member of EATRIS and REGIC. Since 2018, IDIBELL has been an Accredited Center of the AECC Scientific Foundation (FCAECC).