The Society of Spanish Researchers in the United Kingdom supports the increase in Scientific Culture

  • The annual Christmas Seminar from the Society of Spanish Researchers in the United Kingdom (SRUK) focuses on Science communication.
  • The incorporation of a scientific culture in education and the participation of scientists in it, key points in the development of scientific knowledge in society.
  • Luis Quevedo, an internationally recognized scientific communicator, was the keynote speaker at the event, where his recent documentary “In search of the lost future” served as the basis for the debate on Science communication.

Manchester, UK, November 25th, 2017. Manchester hosted the celebration of the IV Christmas Seminar “Scientific Communication”, organized by the Society of Spanish Researchers in the United Kingdom (SRUK). This event, funded by the Ramón Areces Foundation, the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT) and with the collaboration of the Cervantes Institute in Manchester, has served to involve scientists in the communication of their research to the society.

The seminar focused on the potential of scientific communication and outreach to highlight the social importance of research and investment in R&D. Researchers are key figures in this process, and their participation in Science communication will fulfil a missing link in the academic career.

The workshop on “Scientific communication through audio-visual media”, by Luis Quevedo, journalist, documentarist and scientific communicator, offered the tools for researchers keen on getting involved in Science communication. In his own words, “we live in a media society […] Storytelling is the Trojan horse of wisdom”.

After the workshop, his latest documentary “In search of the lost future” was screened, where Quevedo analyses the future evolution of the human being with Eudald Carbonell (co-director of the research program of the Atapuerca archaeological site, Burgos). The screening was followed by a round table about “Will the past help us find the keys to the future?”, where Dr Laura Llorente (Dept. of Archaeology, York University), Dr David González (Dept. of Archaeology, University of Durham) and Thomas O’Mahoney (Interdisciplinary Centre for Ancient Life, University of Manchester), experts in the area of Archaeology and Anthropology, joined Quevedo, to discuss about Human Evolution.