SCIENTIFIC CAMPUS 2016. Claudia Zheng

28th September 16

In the summer of 2016 I had the great opportunity to participate in the 7th edition of the Summer Scientists Campus Programme, an initiative of the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology and the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport which counts on support from the Social Work “La Caixa”.

The project I participated in was called “Energy: past, present, future”. The name explains itself – it was about a project whose aim was to provide knowledge about different sources of energy, both traditional ones (non renewable) and renewable ones, to the pupils. The University where this took place was the Rovira i Virgili University in Tarragona. I had never been to Tarragona, so the scientific campus was not only an opportunity to learn more about sciences but also to visit the city of Tarragona and learn about its history and culture.

Talking about the project in itself I could maximize my scientific vocation besides gaining a more specific idea about energy, its investigation and all the innovations related to it. We looked at a wide variety of themes such as nuclear energy, wind energy, hydraulic energy and many more. However we had centered more on fuel cells: obtaining energy through hydrogen, its advantages and disadvantages, its use today etc., and we could contrast the information with practical projects apart from going on complementary trips, like a visit to the oil rig in Tarragona which gave us a wide variety of knowledge: oil extraction, substances obtained from this and the different end products (plastic, fuel etc.).

The scientific campus not only showed me a new approach to science but also gave me the opportunity to get to know great people with the same interests as me, the same desire to learn and improve themselves. There were people from all over Spain, they came from Valencia, Burgos, Madrid, Malaga, Zaragoza, Albacete, Jaen…We had all got together with the same aim – get closer to science, meet new people, enjoy the experience. This is what we did. It was an incredible week, surrounded by incredible people. We visited the city together, went to the beach together, discussed things together, learned together and expanded our knowledge and horizons together.