The Champalimaud Research reaches the community
We spoke to Catarina Ramos, head of the Science Communication Office at Champalimaud Research to explain why it is important for a research institution to reach out to the wider public.
There has always been a strong connection between the Champalimaud Foundation and the wider community. One of the ways in which this is promoted is through events organised by Champalimaud Research – from seminars and workshops, to visits and tours – there’s even a new event that takes place in a bar! We spoke to Catarina Ramos, head of the Science Communication Office at Champalimaud Research to explain why it is important for a research institution to reach out to the wider public.
Catarina: “In order to secure the support of the public in pursuing long-term benefits for humankind, science must effectively communicate to society and engage the public in its discoveries and breakthroughs.
A leading scientific institution should not only produce the best quality research but also actively work to share the wonders of its research in a manner accessible to the larger community.
The scientists at the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown have always been extremely active when it comes to reaching out to society. This is because we believe that, on the one hand, as scientists, we owe that to the people who contribute to science funding (the taxpayer) and, on the other, we are deeply committed to inspiring critical and creative thinking in public dialogue.
We think researchers are optimally positioned to stem the flow of scientific misinformation, to explain what science is and is not, and to share the beauty of the world.
For all these reasons, we believe it is important (and can be also very fun!) to organise outreach events, such as the “Rota do Cérebro” - as part of the Brain Awareness Week 2017 Global campaign, or the recently launched Ar in a Bar.
Ar in a Bar is one of the offshoots of the Ar family, the others being Ar Events and the online Ar Magazine. With Ar in a Bar, our emphasis is on learning together, as part of a community. For that we aim to create a cosy, friendly atmosphere to have interesting discussions about many different topics in small groups.”