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Science Through Our Lives (STOL) is a project that was born on September 2011 inside a group of three CBMA investigators aware of the importance/commitment of science communication in the present society. STOL was idealized as a cultural, scientific and educational project with a privileged place at the interfaces: university - society and education - research.
At presente STOL is coordinated by Alexandra Nobre (CBMA member) and has several ongoing projects and partnerships with public and private institutions.
In what concerns to STOL actions, STOL: develops activities in various areas such as education and training, promotes and participates in scientific/ cultural events, gets involved in the publication and dissemination of academic and science communication products, provides several services such as technical and scientific advice, disseminates research projects and researchers (in particular from CBMA) and has a Science Communication page in the web.

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Projects and Activities

Alcohol and Alcoholism - Therapeutic Community "Viver Mais “ - 21 and 28/12/16


The Educational Project "(Vi)ver Mais:The reality silenced by dependency" is linked to the curriculum internship of Elisabete Martins in the scope of the Master in Education - Specialization in Adult Education and Community Intervention, under the supervision of Clara Costa Oliveira, developed at "Viver Mais" - Therapeutic Community - Braga (dependences treatment). 

The present project aims at promoting the personal and social development of the community members, through a set of interest areas chosen by them. It is in the context of one of these areas - "The Science of our life" that the partnership with STOL - Science Through Our Lives (Alexandra Nobre) takes place. It´s aou goal to demystify the concept of Science and to approach the target public through various activities that meet their needs and curiosities. Photos of Elisabete Martins. 

Session 1 - 21/12/2016 - "Alcohol: the hidden percentage". This first session allowed the target public to discuss a topic that is very close to them - alcoholic drinks - and to perceive some particularities associated with alcohol (its composition, its origin, its incidence in beverages and some of its main effects in the body). During the session, the utents performed an alcoholic fermentation experiment using baker's yeast and visualized, in a set of bottles, the volume of alcohol present in each of their favourite beverages.

Session 2 - 28/12/2016 - In this session, several topics were discussed and personal experiences shared (old habits associated with alcohol - tired horse soup, alcohol as a tranquilizer for small children, ... - ; blood alcohol content (meaning, values); new rules of the road code (fines and punishments).

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PubhD UMinho - Eleventh session - Guimarães - 15/12/16

A copyA glass full of Science - PubhD UMinho ((pub + PhD) consists of an individual presentation of doctoral projects. In the second season, after summer, we changed the format into two PhD projects presentation (previously were three).The participants have a white board, a pen and 10 minutes to talk about their research projects, followed by 20 minutes in which the assistance can ask questions. Approach science to the citizens and raise other research perspectives that can open new opportunities for research, are the great challenges of this initiative.The idea began in a pub, in Nottingham, in 2014 and reached Portugal (Lisbon) in 2015. PubhD UMinho is a monthly event organized by STOL since January 2016 and will run across alternately two cities in the north of Portugal - Guimarães and Braga.
The city of Guimarães welcomed the eleventh session of PubhD UMinho, at C.A.R , on 15th of December.

In this session Alexandra Brito and Raquel Fernandes were with us to talk about "Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine" and  “Children with special needs", respectively. 

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UM I&D - RUM - with Alexandra Nobre (8/12/16)

AradioUM I&D - From the laboratory to the radio, research at the University of Minho - innovations, researchers - is a program at RUM (Rádio Universitária do Minho) led by the journalist Elsa Moura. This weak with Alexandra Nobre (STOL coordinator), for nearly an hour.

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"Cholesterol and the associated diseases “ - Elderly Center of the Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Vizela - 6/12/16

AcenterThe intervention project "(Re) Learning to learn through active participation: new paths for lifelong education in a Senior Center" is an educational project developed by Marco Freitas during his curriculum internship under the supervision of Clara Costa Oliveira in the Master in Education - specialization in Adult Education and Community Intervention. This project is developed at the Elderly Center of the Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Vizela and one of its main tasks "Science of the day to day" has the partnership of STOL - Science Through Our Lives in the person of Alexandra Nobre, whose help and scientific training is essential for the promotion of science activities in the context of non-formal education among the senior population. 

Session 1 - 12/6/16 - Cholesterol and the associated diseases - The session provided the users with the discussion and the clarification of doubts about the subject, the construction of blood vessel models with the evolution of cholesterol deposits (atherosclerotic plaques) and also, a long and productive reflection on "good cholesterol" and "bad cholesterol", diet, fats and many other issues. The session was very dynamic and with an active participation of all those present, who expressed great interest, motivation and pleasure.

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STOL brings science to war veterans, seniors and drug addicts (UM press release Nov 2016)


Project designed by STOL – Science Through Our Lives is considered innovative and far-sighted, in a Conference held in the United Kingdom.  To know more, please read the NOS publication http://www.nos.uminho.pt/Article.aspx?id=2224

Several newspapers were interested in this project (Correio do Minho, Notícias do Nordeste, Jornal Beira Vouga, Jornal da Batalha, Ver Portugal).

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