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

PubhD UMinho - Fourth session - Braga - 28/4/16

UminhoHave you ever spoke about science in a pub?

PubhD UMinho ((pub + PhD) consists of an individual presentation of doctoral projects. The three invited participants in each session have a white board, a pen and 10 minutes to talk about their research projects, followed by 20 minutes in which the assistance could ask questions. Approaching science to the citizens and raise other research perspectives that can open new opportunities for research is the great challenge 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 and will run across two cities in the north of Portugal - Guimarães and Braga.

The city of Braga welcomes the fourth session of PubhD UMinho, to be held at Bar Sé Lá Vie on April 28th, at 21 o'clock. 

In this session André Carvalho, Madalena Esteves e Sandra Costa will be with us talking about enterprises, nervous cells and autism and robots, respectively. 

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Microorganisms in Squares - Esc EB 2/3 de Tadim / 22/4/16


A copyThe school EB 2/3 Tadim houses the cartoons exhibition "Microorganisms in Squares" on the biotechnological application of microorganisms and, in parallel, the students from 6th grade were given a lecture on the same subject, by Daniel Ribeiro (STOL member)





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International Conference on Communication and Light - Let there be Light

light1In the scope of the "International Conference on Communication and Light” - Minho University, Braga, November 2015, it was published the paper “Let there be light…”. The e-book  “Comunicação e Luz” can be seen in the link under this image.


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"Non-formal adult education using experimental science activities” - Int. Conference on Learning in Later Life: 5 - 7 April, UK

UKInternational Conference on Learning in Later Life: Theory, Policy and Practice / 5 - 7 April 2016, Alton Hall, Open University, Milton Keynes, UK

STOL was present with the communication "Non-formal adult education using experimental science activities” (Oliveira, C.C.; Simões, C.; Alves, A.; Coelho, S.; Cunha; E.C.; Nobre, A. (University of Minho; STOL (Science Through Our Lives), CBMA (Centre of Molecular and Environmental Biology) presented by Chisoka Simões, a STOL colabotrator.

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Project "Ideias Leguminosas" - Fabaceae, In the Kingdom of Improbable Love - text and book

Leguminosas"Ideas Leguminosas” ("Pulses ideas" in english looses the joke with “Ideias Luminosas / Ideias leguminosas” ideias luminosas meaning Bright Ideas) arises from the partnership between the Escola Sementes de Libberdade  and STOL - Science Through Our Lives as a way to commemorate "2016 - International Year of Pulses" decreed by the UNO. The features, characteristics and applications of these plants are addressed and worked in a holistic and integrated approach in the diverse areas and  by conducting a range of activities. 

Creation of the text and production of an interactive pop-up book, fully by the students. In this story several concepts of science are addressed, namely, pulses, symbiosis, protein content, sustainability, water footprint, just to name a few.

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