Mètode celebrates its 100 issues with a series of lectures
«The great challenges of science» begins on February 28 with a talk about climate change
Climate change, artificial intelligence, food, genetics, and the secrets of our brain. These are the five subjects to be addressed in the series of conferences entitled «The great challenges of science», organised by the journal Mètode in collaboration with the Escola Europea de Pensament Lluís Vives to celebrate the 100th issue of the popular science publication of the University of Valencia.
The cycle will take place at the La Nau centre of the University of Valencia and will begin at 19:00 on 28 February with a conference on the creative communication of climate change, delivered by the professor of the University of Colorado-Boulder Maxwell Boykoff.
The cycle will continue on 26 March thanks to Carme Torras, lecturer at the Robotics Institute of the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (Spain). On 16 May it will be the turn of Pere Puigdomènech, research professor at the Genomic Agriculture Research Centre in Barcelona, to talk about the challenges of food production in the future. Gemma Marfany, lecturer at the University of Barcelona, will focus on the impact of genetics on our lives on 22 May. And finally, the cycle will come to an end on 5 June with a lecture on neuroscience by Xurxo Mariño, lecturer at the University of La Coruña. All the conferences will take place in the Main Hall of La Nau and will be free and open to the public.
As part of the celebration of the 100 issues, Mètode has also organised an exhibition, which will open on 16 May in the Sala Oberta at La Nau and can be visited until 14 September. The exhibition will provide a tour of the main challenges of science through the contents and subjects of the journal, with the covers of Mètode acting as a connecting thread.
The activities to celebrate the 100 issues of Mètode are part of the cultural programme of the La Nau Cultural Centre of the University of Valencia, organised on the occasion of its 20th anniversary, also coinciding with the 520th anniversary of the University of Valencia.
100 issues disseminating science
Mètode is a journal dedicated to the dissemination and study of science. Published by the University of Valencia, the journal has consolidated itself as a benchmark for Spanish science dissemination. Mètode was born in 1992 under the direction of the journalist Olga Dénia, who set it up and headed the publication until its 18th issue. Since 1998, the journalist and biologist Martí Domínguez has been the editor-in-chief of the journal.
Mètode has focused on analysing and disseminating the different aspects of scientific research, and has been able to create a space for the interaction between sciences and humanities that allows for the participation of scientists but also artists, philosophers, sociologists, historians, and literary figures. Proof of this are its covers, which have brought together some of the most prominent artists in the Valencian art scene to reflect on science and its advances. Artists such as Carmen Calvo, Manuel Boix, Rafael Armengol, Rosa Torres, José María Yturralde and Antoni Miró, among others.
The journal is published quarterly in Catalan and Spanish, and a yearly edition is later published collecting the monographs in English. The title of this English-language collection is Mètode Science Studies Journal, and it has been included in the main databases and impact indices. Regarding the publication on paper, Mètode has also been able to build a constant presence on the web and on social networks, and has created a collection of popular books that is currently preparing its tenth volume.