One cornerstone of CEBE’s mission is science communication, through which we aim to improve the impact of science in day to day society, mainly focusing on two aspects: on the one hand, provide high quality, clear and interesting scientific knowledge to society. On the other hand, promote the research that Spanish scientists are carrying out in Belgium as well as strengthen the collaboration between the Spanish and Belgian scientific communities.
In order to do so, we organize events in different formats to meet the diverse interests and needs of our audience, always trying to maximize the interaction between the public and the scientist. Examples of different formats are:
- “Science and Pintjes”/”Science and Biéres”: aimed to non-scientific audiences, in this format scientists talk in a bar about their research in a chill and easy way.
- “Spanish Influencers”: a well-known Spanish scientist explains a current topic to non-scientific public. Past editions counted on Mara Dierssen to talk about neuroscience and its contribution to the understanding of Down Syndrome or on Ignacio Cirac to explain how a quantic computer works.
- “Science and Art”: these events reflect the artistic (and less conventional) side of science, such as scientific picture exhibits or cinefórums.
We are deeply committed to gender equality in science. For this reason, besides promoting equality within the association in all dimensions, we organize every year in February/March events to bring the problem to the spotlight so that solutions can be found. Examples of these events were the video forum “El enigma Agustina” or the roundtable “Towards gender equality in Science: are we on the right track?”.
Furthermore, thanks to our multiple collaborations with the media, we support and encourage the participation of our members in public engagement channels, such as the radio programs “Investigadores por el Mundo” (Libertad FM, in Spanish) or “#CientífcosExterior - Punto de Enlace” (Radio Exterior from the Spanish National Radio Station, in Spanish).