The Campus of International Excellence of the Sea (CEI·MAR) in the University of Cadiz organize in July the Program of Summer Science Campus. This is a initiative of the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT) and Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport, which has the support of Obra Social La Caixa.
The objective of this activity is to enhance the interest of students of secondary levels in science, technology and innovation. the facilities of the UCA will host 120 students who will participate in four scientific projects developed by university lecturers and to be developed in laboratories and research infrastructures assigned to CEI·MAR.
This Summer Science Campus is committed to promoting scientific vocations among young people and, for this reason, offers its participants the opportunity to direct contact with the daily work of researchers at a university in a multicultural environment that will help them define its projection of future studies. In addition, participants can enjoy complementary activities, cultural and sports, that allow them to know the city and its surroundings.
The program is aimed at students of the specialty of Science and Technology who are currently studying in centers of the Spanish education system and have obtained an average score of at least 8 in the last year.
Biodiversity in our coasts
In the first project, students perform various activities at the Laboratory of Marine Research (Labimar) located in the Castle of San Sebastian in Cádiz. The objective of this project is to introduce students to the vast wealth of marine species and habitats that exist in the environment of the Bay of Cadiz, as well as the diversity of processes occurring in this area. To do this, they will be held workshops where theoretical introductory sessions will be combined with field trips (Santibanez, La Caleta …) and laboratory sessions, which will be discovered and explored the main marine ecosystems of the Bay.
Knowing the Saline
The project Knowing the Salines: “micro” to “macro” will focus on discover and know this space managed by man for millennia. These places are crucial for maintaining many bird populations at the stage of current global change. In addition, they present the potential of the salt as photobioreactors facilities, an innovative idea that is planning the University of Cadiz. Transversely to this goal, students will discover the biodiversity and communities associated with different saline environments and become familiar with microalgae and their applications.
Introduction to the Oceanographic Research
The third Project designed from the CEI·MAR is titled Introduction to Oceanographic Research. In this project students learn how a research project in oceanography is developed by applying the methodologies that scientists currently use aboard an oceanographic vessel as UCADIZ or by scuba diving. To do this, the activity includes the completion of several workshops that will take place in chronological order, following the same pattern as in research: establishment of a hypothesis, sample collection, sample processing, data analysis and discussion and presentation conclusions.
Aquaculture and its environment
The Aquaculture and its environment project will help to the students to make contact with an aquaculture facility (specifically related to the Central Services Research of Mariculture at the University of Cádiz) and know the equipment, methodology and best practices of a research of this type. They were also shown the utility of this activity not only for the productive sector, but also for teaching and research, and will be asked to perform a complete experimental design with obtaining results and preparation of a report end to be presented in written and oral form, as a specific application of the scientific method.