Alessio Caspanello is a professional journalist since June 2010 and editor-in-chief of the online newspaper Letteraemme.it since January 2017. The site, of which he is one of the founders, is specialized in investigative journalism, inquiries, open data, fact checking. He was a founding member of the Parliament Watchitalia association, which deals with transparency, participation and open government, and is part of the Open Data Sicilia community. In 2015, he won the Mario e Giuseppe Francese Journalism Award established by the Sicilian Order of Journalists Marina Trimarchi is associate professor of nuclear and subnuclear physics at the University of Messina. Her research interest are mainly focused on heavy ion reactions at low and intermediate energy and, more recently, on astroparticle physics. She is actually the Delegate of the Rector of the University of Messina for scientific dissemination and she is the Principal Investigator of the Sea in SHELL project, associated event to the European Researchers’ Night 2021. Luca Nalbone is specialized in “inspection of foods of animal origin” and he got his PhD in “veterinary public health and safety in 2020. His research activity has focused on the dynamics of diffusion, distribution, extraction and identification of microplastics in food of animal origin in order to understand the real risk and the potential impact that microplastics may have on public health through consumption of contaminated food. Serena Savoca is Assistant professor in Ecology at University of Messina. Her research interests focus on marine ecology, including studies on marine ecosystem biomonitoring and marine pollution, with special attention to the microplastic pollution impact on aquatic environment and living organisms. Her latest studies concern the investigation and characterization of microplastics occurred in farmed fish species.
WomenInScience Panel 2021
Women in Science panel – Summary It is quite well known that women are under-represented in many STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects. In this panel three academics and one gender expert come together to discuss the reasons for this gap and ways to close it, with the aim to generate fruitful discussions across the Mediterranean. Ms Anna Koukkides-Prokopiou (Independent Gender Expert, Senior Fellow at the Cyprus Center for European and International Affairs, University of Nicosia) relays interesting points on this critical societal challenge as food for thought and gives more details on the hot topic of Artificial Intelligence and how the absence of women in how this field is shaped will affect how our world will be shaped in the future. As a gender expert, Anna also facilitates the discussion. Associate Prof. Dimitris Tsaltas (Cyprus University of Technology, Limassol, Cyprus) relays results from the GENDERSMART.eu project which focuses on gender as intersecting with other social dimensions in scientific institutions and research fields related to agriculture including food, livestock, fishery, forestry, natural resource management, and farming and rural life. Dr Margarita Zachariou (Cyprus Institute of Neurology and Genetics, Nicosia, Cyprus) touches on another very interesting topic; that of women’s underrepresentation in biomedical research and clinical trials. This has led to negative implications for women’s health, such as drugs with more side effects to women. Dr Katerina Kaouri organised this activity on behalf of SciCo Cyprus, one of the partners in the MEDNIGHT.eu project. The MEDNIGHT project is funded by the EU and involves 13 partners in three Mediterranean countries as well as many other collaborating organisations. This is one of the numerous activities of the project which culminate with the Researchers’ Night taking place in 370 cities across Europe on 24th September 2021
BIODIVERSITY AND INSECT CONSERVATION FROM A GENDER PERSPECTIVE
Have you heard of entomology from a gender perspective? The importance of gender and sex in studies of biodiversity and species dispersal patterns has been underestimated to date, however, this approach has shown its relevance in predicting how species will cope with the main current threats such as change. climate and habitat loss. ¿Has oído hablar de la entomología desde una perspectiva de género? La importancia del género y el sexo en los estudios de biodiversidad y patrones de dispersión de especies ha sido infravalorada hasta la fecha, sin embargo, este enfoque ha demostrado su relevancia para predecir cómo las especies se enfrentarán a las principales amenazas actuales como son el cambio climático y la pérdida de hábitats.
VISUAL PERCEPTION AT THE SERVICE OF EVIL
Visual perception is the result of the interpretation of the information that reaches our visual system. Our brain must make decisions about this information and develop an interpretation of what is happening around us, which will not always coincide with the real scene. The shapes, colors, movements, distances, etc. Sometimes they can play tricks on us and convince us that what we are seeing is real, when it is not. This activity will show some curious situations in which we show that our perception is often deceived. La percepción visual es el resultado de la interpretación de la información que llega a nuestro sistema visual. Nuestro cerebro debe tomar decisiones sobre esta información y elaborar una interpretación de lo que está ocurriendo a nuestro alrededor, que no siempre va a coincidir con la escena real. Las formas, colores, movimientos, distancias, etc. A veces pueden jugarnos una mala pasada y convencernos de que lo que estamos viendo es real, cuando no lo es. Esta actividad mostrará algunas situaciones curiosas en las que ponemos de manifiesto que nuestra percepción suele ser engañada.
WHAT ARE THE AU PLANETARY SCIENCES RESEARCHING?
Planetary Sciences are booming thanks to the development and success of recent space missions and those that will be launched in the near future. The study of planets and minor bodies (asteroids and comets) requires multidisciplinary work (physics, astronomy, geology, engineering ...) like the one carried out at the UA. Las Ciencias Planetarias están en pleno auge gracias al desarrollo y éxito que han tenido las últimas misiones espaciales y las que serán lanzadas en un futuro próximo. El estudio de planetas y cuerpos menores (asteroides y cometas) requiere de un trabajo multidisciplinarios (física, astronomía, geología, ingeniería...) como el que se lleva a cabo en la UA.
FLIPPING IN COLORS
It is proposed to stimulate the interest of the youngest in science and promote critical attitudes through two laboratory experiments: Who is there? and Fire of colors: the secret of fireworks. Se propone incentivar el interés de los más jóvenes por la ciencia y promover actitudes críticas a través de dos experimentos de laboratorio: ¿Quién anda ahí? y Fuego de colores: el secreto de los fuegos artificiales.
WEATHER OBSERVATION AND CLIMATE DATA PROCESSING
Do you want to know the work of a meteorological observer? The UA Climatology Laboratory teaches you to analyze data. Can you predict the weather? ¿Quieres conocer la labor de un observador/a meteorológico? El Laboratorio de Climatología de la UA te enseña a analizar los datos. ¿Podrás predecir la meteorología?
Sustainable fires, climate change and desertification
Interview with Juli G. Pausas, on the occasion of the celebration of the Mediterranean Night of the Researchers, MedNight 2021. Juli G. Pausas is a CSIC researcher at the Desertification Research Center, a mixed center of the CSIC, the University of Valencia and the Generalitat Valenciana. Entrevista con Juli G. Pausas, con motivo de la celebración de la Noche Mediterránea de las Investigadoras, MedNight 2021. Juli G. Pausas es investigador del CSIC en el Centro de Investigaciones sobre Desertificación, centro mixto del CSIC, la Universitat de València y la Generalitat Valenciana.