USAL research explained to the general public by student researchers

Presentation of the ‘III Competition for the Dissemination of Science in Salamanca for Master’s and Doctorate students’ with selected works on display at the exhibition.

Today the University of Salamanca inaugurated an exhibition of various works selected in the ‘III Competition for the Dissemination of Science in Salamanca for Master’s and Doctorate students’ which included six winning entries. The objective of this initiative is to promote the dissemination of scientific research in academic institutions by the students themselves, whose goal is to summarise the essence of their work in a single poster.

The exhibition comprises 25 works selected among 65 entries, five more than the previous event. The subjects are very diverse among the research groups at the University of Salamanca: astronomy, botany, electronics, immunology, neurophysiology, pharmacology, hepatology, organic chemistry, education, economics, biometrics, geotechnology, chemical engineering, metabolic engineering, museography, archaeology, urbanism, art history, art and sociology.

Cristina Pita, Vice Rector of Student Affairs and Manuel Heras, Director of Cultural Activities Service for the University of Salamanca presented the winners and highlighted the high quality of their work. Raul Rivas, member of the jury panel, explained the criteria used in the selection process, insisting that “It is important to disseminate scientific work to the society, even if it’s very specific”. To this end, the design, scientific value and, above all, the ability to convey the research objective to the general public were all factors taken into account.

One very good example of dissemination was the poster created by Rodrigo Ledesma Amaro called “Engineering microorganisms for a healthier and more sustainable world’, which won the award for best work in the category for Engineering and Architecture. “We work in a field that is difficult to explain, so I focused on explaining the applications of the field of biodiesel and omega-3 production” he stated.

Along these lines was the winner for the best work in the category for Health Sciences, Daniel Duque Doncos, who tried to make his entry “To hear or not to hear, a specific adaptation to stimulus in the auditory system’ as ‘simple as possible’.

The award for best work in the category for Social and Legal Sciences was given to Elena Calvo Ortega for ‘Equality? Women in sports broadcasting’, which reveals that the image of women in sports broadcasting focuses more on a sexual role than on professional accomplishments.

The award for best work in the category of Arts and Humanities was given to Sara Maria Sena-Esteves Prata for ‘Archaeology in the High Middle Ages in the Occidental Peninsula: the rural problem in the São Mamede (Portugal) mountain range’. Finally, the award for best work in the category of Sciences was given to Cristina Sardon for ‘Solitions in Nature’.


Juan Manuel Corchado

Full Professor in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence, Department of Computer Science and Automation, University of Salamanca, Spain.


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