The IREC science at the European Researchers' Night 2020

    We bring to school children and the general public part of the science that we carry out at the IREC through a series of communicative videos during the European Researchers' Night 2020

    The institutions that make up the Group 9 of Universities (G-9), including the Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha (UCLM), joined last November 27 the European Researchers' Night 2020 to show the more human side of science through talks, exhibitions and workshops of science communication for all audiences, but paying special attention to young people.

    Ciudad Real has been the venue for the activities organized by the UCLM this year, taking advantage of the previous experience of researchers from the Ciudad Real campus in bringing science to the citizens of the capital. And naturally, at the Instituto de Investigación en Recursos Cinegéticos (IREC – CSIC, UCLM, JCCM) we have wanted to show our science to the public, thanks to the collaboration of the Unit of Scientific Culture and Innovation of the UCLM (UCLMdivulga).

    With our participation in the European Researchers' Night, we intend to open the doors of our science to the public, showing what scientists of the IREC do in the field and in the laboratory and how their work has a positive impact on the welfare of society. Here we leave you the activities with which we have participated.

    Mosquito and tick-borne diseases

    Scientists from the research line on epidemiology of diseases transmitted by vectors of the IREC, led by Dr. Francisco Ruiz Fons, have a laboratory full of mosquitoes and ticks, and although it is difficult to believe, they become fond of them. These scientists are concerned about how these critters are capable of transmitting disease to other animals and humans, so they are keeping a close eye on them.

    Through this video, researchers Sara Baz Flores, Laia Casades Martí, Alfonso Peralbo Moreno and Raúl Cuadrado Matías show us their work, focused on better understanding the diseases transmitted by ticks and mosquitoes and learning how to control and prevent them.

    Molecular diagnosis in Animal Health

    We have been hearing about “PCR” everywhere for many months, but do we know what a PCR is? If it is not well explain it, we will never understand this molecular diagnostic technique and the tremendous importance of the solutions it provides, so in this video we ask Alberto Moraga Fernández, predoctoral researcher at the IREC, about PCR and how it is used for the environmental detection of the Covid-19. We are sure that your answers will surprise you.

    The history of hunting

    Did you know that humans evolved thanks to their ability to hunt? Today, hunting is still part of Humanity, and research on game resources teaches us how to make it a sustainable activity. The Museo Provincial de Ciudad Real is open, and through the exhibition “Hunting, an evolving challenge” we invite you to take a walk through the 400,000 years of the history of hunting by the hand of Dr. Rafael Mateo, director of the IREC; Ignacio de la Torre, director of the Museo de Ciudad Real; and Pilar Molina, cultural technician of the Fundación Impulsa Castilla-La Mancha.

    The European Researchers' Night, which is held in more than 370 cities of the continent, is funded by the European Commission under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA), an initiative to promote scientific careers in Europe that is part of Horizon 2020, the Framework Program for Research and Innovation of the European Union.

    Its main objectives are to bring the figure of scientists to the public so that their work and the benefits it brings to society are known, as well as to encourage the choice of a scientific career among students by eliminating gender barriers.