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The final of this year’s edition of the international contest "Ciencia en Acción" will be held from 9 to 17 October at the Lleida Agri-food Science and Technology Park. Since 2000, the competition final has been celebrated at various museums and science parks; last year, it was held in Santiago de Compostela.

The contest, organized by the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), the Instituto de Ciencias Matemáticas (ICMAT), the Real Sociedad Española de Física (RSEF), the Geological Society of Spain (SGE) and the Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED), with support from UNESCO, seeks innovative ideas for making science more attractive to the general public; extending scientific collaborations within Europe; providing high-quality teaching materials to complement standard course curricula; actively fomenting interest in science among educators to inspire their students; and getting researchers involved in the popularization of science.

Ciencia en Acción is aimed at teachers of all levels, researchers, science communications professionals, and any other individual interested in teaching science in Spain, Portugal, or Latin America.

Competition Areas

The contest, directed by Rosa María Ros Ferré, comprises the following fourteen Competition Areas. The winner in each Area will be awarded €1,000 (prize details are provide in the competition guidelines).

  • Physics Demonstrations (Sidilab Prize)
  • Mathematics Laboratory (UCM Prize)
  • Chemistry Demonstrations (Pasco-Prodel Prize)
  • Biology and Geology Laboratory (3bScientific Prize)
  • Science and Technology (UPC Prize)
  • Experiments for a Space Laboratory (INTA Prize)
  • Sustainability (Antares Prize)
  • Science, Engineering and Values (VMO-Endesa Red Prize) 
  • Special Prize in Electricity and Society (VMO-Endesa Red Prize)
  • Women, Science and Engineering (USC Prize) 
  • Science on the Stage (Focus Prize)
  • Science Teaching Materials (IBM Prize)
  • Popularization of Science (UGR Prize)
  • Short Films on Science (UV Prize)

Contest winners will be chosen by a jury before being invited to the final in Lleida, and their names will be listed on the competition website. The Special Jury Prize, separate from the rest of the contest, will be awarded to individuals or institutions for their work on popularization of science.

Competition guidelines (in Spanish)
Registration (until 15 May 2011)

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