The educational Tandem formed by the Bellvitge secondary school and IDIBELL has started the 2022-23 academic year with a visit by IDIBELL’s Scientific Director, Dr. Fernando Fernández Aranda, to the school facilities. Received by a team of teachers from the center and by a group of students, he reviewed the projects that the Tandem has carried out over the last few years, and which are exhibited at the secondary school. Finally, they all visited the center’s laboratory and inaugurated the new scientific and educational instruments that, thanks to the Tandem project, IDIBELL has acquired to improve, in a very substantial way, the quality of practical teaching in biological and health sciences. The new equipment is made up of three powerful magnifying loupes with transillumination and an incubator for the growth of microorganisms.
Soon, the Tandem will be presented to the students who this year begin the 3rd year of ESO, and also to the families of the center. On the other hand, the students’ first contact with IDIBELL research will take place on October 4, within the framework of the Sinergia 2022 activities program. It will be then that a group of students will visit the research laboratories and attend two talks by young IDIBELL researchers, Joan Roncero and Laura Asensio, who will talk to students and lead gamified activities on embryonic development and vaccination against papillomavirus.
During the academic year that is beginning, the Tandem will continue educational projects that have been successful in recent years, such as the production of Life & Science magazine, the European Stars Game project, the Women of Science series, or the implementation of new laboratory practices in charge of the URIB. In addition, a new collaboration between teachers and researchers will begin, motivated by the launch of the new subject of Biomedicine in 1st year of Baccalaureate.
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).