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"Incrúst@te" Project

“Incrúst@te: what is a research group? Introduction to research in chemistry and biology” is a science outreach project carried out by CICA since 2017 in collaboration with the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT) of the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities and with the Xunta de Galicia (depending on the edition).

Each year, the project has allowed more than 250 students aged between 14 and 17 to learn about the work carried out at CICA, visiting the laboratories and chatting with some of its researchers. 

Incrúst@te seeks to involve students in the scientific research process and offer them the opportunity to experience it first-hand. Therefore, out of the total number of students who visit the center, 16 are selected each year to be "embedded" for 3 days in the CICA laboratories, learning with UDC researchers about the profession of scientists and getting to know the day-to-day life of a research project. As a result, they present all their experiences, with posters and oral presentations, in a mini-congress. Finally, 4 of them each year are able to carry out their own research projects for 2 weeks, supervised by researchers from the center.

The aim of this initiative is to increase the number of scientific vocations, to make known the degrees of the Faculty of Science of the UDC, to make visible the work of researchers and the role of women in science. Therefore, Incrúst@te focuses on giving boys and girls between 14 and 17 the opportunity to learn how to do research at CICA in one of the four main areas (Biotechnology, Environment, New Materials and Biomedicine) to which the participating research groups belong.

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High school and middle school students become researchers at CICA for two weeks

  • The second edition of the project "Incrúst@te: what is a research group? Introduction to research in Chemistry and Biology" finishes with the participation of more than 250 high school and secondary school students.

  • The project offered the possibility for 16 students to carry out short stays with CICA research groups at the University of A Coruña and for 5 students to carry out their own research projects for 2 weeks under the supervision of researchers from the center.

Incrúst@te is part, for the second consecutive year, of the "Call for grants for the promotion of scientific, technological and innovation culture, creativity and scientific vocations" of the FECYT- Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities.