Expociència, the science, technology and innovation festival of the University of Valencia, recovers its traditional format and celebrates its XIV edition with a program that includes a hundred recreational and informative activities for all audiences.
LIFE Wetlands4Climate was present and more than 130 people participated in its activities.
The event took place on Saturday, May 28, at the Science Park of the University of Valencia
This year the XIV edition of Expociència was held, an open day at the Science Park of the University of Valencia where, in a family atmosphere, numerous workshops were held for all audiences with the aim of disseminating science and having fun at the same time.
This edition has been framed in the International Year of Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development, creating a very favorable framework for the dissemination of the LIFE Wetlands4climate project. From the European project we have developed an activity called “Com ens poden ajudar les zones humides a mitigar el canvi climàtic” (How can we help wetlands to mitigate climate change). In total, more than 130 people came to the project stand focused on the role of wetlands in the face of climate change.
Members of the Observatori del Canvi Climàtic and the Cavanilles Institute of Biodiversity and Evolutionary Biology (ICBIBE) team showed the exhibition of the project on the importance of wetlands to mitigate climate change and performed, together with the attendees, different experiments to explain processes such as the melting of the poles, the greenhouse effect, climate change, the origin of wetlands or the acidification of the oceans.
As every year, the Parc organizes this festival of science, technology and innovation, in order to show the public its research activity. And it does it as a game throughout the event.
In total, the organization has prepared more than a hundred playful and informative proposals. Workshops on physics, chemistry, astronomy, biology and robotics offered visitors the chance to immerse themselves in the more playful side of science and technology, drawing with microorganisms, cooking in the Arctic itself, observing the Universe from the depths of the sea, building their own particle detector with LEGO, observing cells, detecting environmental radioactivity, helping to decontaminate the planet with sponges or inflating balloons with the help of yeast.
Visitors were able to share experiences with great scientists, such as those working at the European Space Agency or CERN’s Large Particle Accelerator, and with those involved in biodiversity conservation, energy efficiency and the environment.