Centro de Biologia Molecular e Ambiental

Centre of Molecular and Environmental Biology

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

"Cholesterol and the associated diseases" - Venerável Ordem Terceira de São Domingos - Guimarães - 28/11/16

AterceiraIn the scope of the professional internship of Joana Martins of the Master in Education - specialization in Adult Education and Community Intervention, to be developed in the Venerável Ordem Terceira de São Domingos - Guimarães under the supervision of Clara Costa Oliveira appears the project "Towards the inclusion of the elderly: an educational project with institutionalized elderly people". The main purpose is to promote the inclusion of the elderly in different social and community contexts - and at this point, the partnership with STOL-Science Through Our Lives (Alexandra Nobre) enables topics on "Science of everyday life". These themes will enable the elderly to understand various everyday phenomena for which they "had no explanation", and bring them closer to Science by undoing the idea that it is very complex. 

Session 1 - Cholesterol and associated diseases - a theme that was much requested by the target audience of this project allowed them to understand, in a more practical way: what cholesterol is, what types of cholesterol exist, what is the importance of diet for the prevention of "bad cholesterol" and for the promotion of "good cholesterol", which habits we can change to improve our cholesterol values, how we can "read" cholesterol values in our medical reports... The session also included the construction of blood vessel models simulating the evolution of cholesterol deposits (atherosclerotic plaques) and ended with a group discussion that had the active participation of all presents and where it was possible to share ideas, opinions and personal stories about the topic.

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Informal speech “Science, Pulses and Nutrition"- Nov. 25 - Auditorium of Escola Sá de Miranda - Braga

pulsesInformal speech  entitled "Science, pulses and nutrition"held in the scope of 2016 - International Year of Pulses  at 10am in the Auditorium of Escola Sá de Miranda - Braga. The speakers were Paula Nogueira (researcher at the Interdisciplinary Research Institute of the University of Coimbra, History of Science and Scientific Education PhD student and member of the STOL team), Teresa Lino Neto (Professor of the Department of Biology - Minho University and researcher at Center for Functional Plant Biology) and Chef António Loureiro ( "A Cozinha" Restaurant). At the beginning Alexandra Nobre and Ana Rita Gomes introduced the theme correlating it with the exhibition housed at the same auditorium and thet was inaugurated in the previous week (see event bellow).

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PubhD UMinho - Tenth session - Braga - 24/11/16

AA 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 Braga welcomed the Tenth session of PubhD UMinho, at Bar Sé la Vie, on 24th of November.
In this session Bárbara Mendes and Diana Fernandes were with us to talk about "Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine" and  "Ecology and Environmental Management", respectively. 

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PubhD UMinho in Porto Canal television station (24/11/18)

AbDaniel Ribeiro was invited to present the PubhD UMinho at Porto Canal television station ("Local Life" program   on 24/11/16. Listen to the whole interview in the link bellow.

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Homo numericus - Escola Sec. Amares - 21 - 25 Nov 2016

AIn the scope the Science and Technology Week 2016, Escola Secundária de Amares hosted the STOL project Homo numericus from 21 yo 25 of November.

Homo numericus is an exhibition and a "hands-on" activity conceived with a multidisciplinary approach, and produced/ monitored by STOL which goal is to draw attention to different aspects of the human being (morphological, physiological, biochemical, behavioral, of the relationship with others and with the environment, ...) having the numbers as the starting point. The stand included: a set of 8 infographic posters, many manipulative materials models, informative documents and games adapted to different ages.(photos authorship -  Jorge Carvalho)

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