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Contest open to the general public


The   PRBB      organizes                        a       unique           science
popularization competition

The “Premi El·lipse” award is open to any person, independently of
their scientific background. The works presented can be either
written or graphic, and can be written in Spanish, Catalan or
English.



Barcelona, March 11, 2009 - The Barcelona Biomedical Research Park (PRBB)
organizes this year an award on scientific popularization with unique characteristics.


The competition is based in the idea that scientific knowledge should not be the
property of a reduced group of people, such as science students or researchers, but
that science and technology are a universal heritage, and that they affect the society
at large.


For this reason, the PRBB gives the opportunity of participating in this award not
only to students and researchers, but also to housewives, to lawyers, to artists. To
any person, in a word, who has an interest in science and who wants to have their
say. Thanks to the “Premi El·lipse”, any person over 18, independently of their
scientific background, will be able to present their work about science. This year the
chosen theme has been stem cells, a subject that both interests and worries the
society.




Per a més informació contactar amb:
Elvira López, responsable de Relacions Públiques del PRBB, Tel: 93 316 00 11
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In order to further reduce the barriers to scientific outreach, and in keeping with the
multidisciplinary spirit and the diversity and internationality of the PRBB, the award
presents two other characteristics that make it unique.


On the one hand, the works accepted in the competition are not only narrative texts,
as it is common in writing contests, but participants can also adventure into other
styles, such as poetry or playscripts. There is even a graphic category for the more
artistic participants, which includes from posters to comic strips. On the other hand,
the texts can be written in Catalan, Spanish or English, and participation is open to
people all over the world.


The deadline for sending the material is September 1st, 2009. The ceremony award will
take place at the PRBB on November 13th, coinciding with the celebration of the Science
Week. The prizes are 1000€ for the best work in each of the categories. The winner and
runner-ups will also be published in a special edition of the El·lipse newspaper, published
monthly by the Barcelona Biomedical Research Park.


For more information about the bases of the “Premi El·lipse”, please check the
website www.prbb.org/premiellipse.


The “Premi El·lipse” is an initiative of the group “Science meets society” (SmS), a
group formed by young researchers from the different centres at the PRBB research
park with the aim of fostering the dialogue between scientists and the society, and to
promote the general public knowledge and interest in science.




Per a més informació contactar amb:
Elvira López, responsable de Relacions Públiques del PRBB, Tel: 93 316 00 11
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About the PRBB
The PRBB is an initiative of the Government of Catalonia, the City Council of Barcelona and
the Pompeu Fabra University (UPF), and it is a large scientific infrastructure that aims to
lead the biomedical translational research in the south of Europe. It was inaugurated in May
2006, and it currently gathers together six public research centres closely coordinated
amongst them, with 100 research groups in six scientific areas and a 30% of foreign staff.

The centres that are part of the PRBB:
-Municipal Institute of Medical Research (IMIM)
-Department of Experimental and Health Sciences of the Pompeu Fabra University (CEXS-UPF)
-Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG)
-Centre of Regenerative Medicine in Barcelona (CMRB)
-Centre for Research in Environmental Epidemiology (CREAL)
-CRC-Centre of Molecular Imaging (CRC-CIM)


About “Science Meets Society”
The group “Science Meets Society” (SmS) is formed by PhD students and young
researchers from the different centres at the PRBB. The group was created in 2008 with the
objective of fostering the dialogue between scientists and the society at large, and it has
already organised several activities with the support of both the PRBB and the different
centres that are part of the park. Some of these activities include several “Cafe Scientifique”
and the first Open Day of the PRBB, during which 2000 people visited the park.

For more information about the SmS group please check the web sms.prbb.org.




Per a més informació contactar amb:
Elvira López, responsable de Relacions Públiques del PRBB, Tel: 93 316 00 11

								
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