Outreach activities

ENABLE will bring science closer to society through several activities aimed at school children, highschool students or adults.

Participants also have the opportunity to get involved delivering microtalks on biomedicine at different pubs and bars in the city of Barcelona. Dedicated training is available for selected participants. Please, check out the registration site for more information!

Activities for the general public


Participants will have the opportunity to disseminate their research among a general audience, in the format of a 10-15 minute talk in pubs and bars of the city.  The aim of the activity is to explain in an interactive and informal way the latest advances of your research field to a broad public. Talks will be given in Catalan, Spanish and English. To be eligible for this type of talk, you will have to demonstrate your communication skills in a one-minute video.

Ask the scientist

A debate on thought-provoking biomedical issues with interaction with the audience. The main goal is to tackle several “hot subjects” in cancer research with great impact on our lives, so that the audience can express their concerns and/or hopes on these subjects

Plenary lectures

Invited speakers will talk about general biomedical topics to provide insight into current research developments and the challenges that our scientists are facing today in order to discover the medicines of tomorrow.

Cross-disciplinary session

A roundtable discussion involving the participation of 3-4 well-known ‘celebrity-status’ participants from various fields. One panellist will be a scientist, and 2-3 others will be from areas of particular interest to the local cultural context (e.g. chefs, economists, artists…). The aim of this activity is to show how science is not an isolated entity but a multidisciplinary area of knowledge with interactions with all other areas in society.

Activities for schools

The scientific method for children

Primary school children will learn the different steps of the scientific endeavour (observation, hypothesis formulation, testing and conclusion) through collective problem-solving strategies of practical scientific problems. Through this exercise, children will learn how science is practiced, develop critical thinking and collaborative thinking.

Biomedicine is out there

Real experiments will be performed with primary and high-school students to help them understand basic molecular biology principles and techniques. This hands-on practice will contribute to increasing the curiosity of students and stimulate the formulation of questions in a scientific manner.

What is a scientist?

Young researchers will talk about their daily life in the lab and interact with primary school and high-school students. This exercise aims to uncover the role of scientists, moving away from the stereotype, portraying them as normal human beings with a great deal of curiosity.

Online science

The role of the online world in the development of science will be introduced and high-school students will get to participate in the advancement of science on the spot through their mobile phones. This activity will encourage teenagers to connect and engage in scientific research in a fun way.

Project funded by the European Commission under grant agreement 724115