The fifth season of this initiative, which during this first semester of 2020 will be called Online Science Café, will begin on Thursday, May 7, at 7 pm. (Chilean local time).
It started five years ago as a space for the dissemination of science and scientific knowledge. Today, it has become a consolidated activity of the Universidad de La Frontera (UFRO), which will start its fifth season providing topics of interest to the community. Given the health emergency that affects the country and the world because of COVID-19, this season will take place online.
“People are highly interested in scientific issues at the moment, probably because they are looking forward to a solution to the global health crisis. In this respect, the interaction between science, technology, the society and the environment is key to move forward, and this is precisely one of the focuses of the Science Café of UFRO,” said Dr. Alex Seguel, the Director of the Student Development Office at UFRO and one of the organizers of this initiative.
Over the years, 27 sessions of the Science Café have taken place, where 37 speakers have presented topics such as natural hazards, cancer treatment, Araucaria preservation, functional foods, depression in adolescents, male infertility, medical cannabis, etc. Besides, we were able to prove that young people are interested in science, with an audience of more than 4000 people in total.
FIRST SESSION OF SCIENCE CAFÉ SEASON 2020
The name of the first session of the Science Café season in 2020 is “COVID-19: Cultural Changes in Chile”, with the speaker Dr. Catterina Ferreccio R., a physician, specialist in Public Health, MSP from the University of Chile and MSP in Epidemiology from Johns Hopkins University, a professor and the director of the Master’s Program in Epidemiology at the Department of Public Health of the Faculty of Medicine of the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile (UC), and a member of the COVID-19 Advisory Council of the Chilean Ministry of Health. The audience will be able to learn more about COVID-19 with the help of this expert during this session.
“Although the recommendation is to stay at home these days, we feel the strong commitment to continue with this space for science in order to help the community in an interactive online edition that allows us to talk about scientific advances, and where the audience has the possibility to express their opinions and to ask questions. We invite you to join us and to participate from your homes via the digital platforms of Ufrovisión,” Dr. Seguel added.
It is worth mentioning that this year's season will also be broadcasted by Ufrovisión, the Media Network of the Universidad de La Frontera, which will play a fundamental role in these online transmissions, which will allow to reach a large audience with interesting topics.
We invite you to join our Science Café with a session about COVID-19 (in Spanish) on Thursday, May 7, at 7 p.m. (Chilean local time):
Written by: Carmen Hernández
UFRO Communications Office