The first ACES “Science in the Pub” is celebrated

Last Tuesday 12th of November took place the first Science in the Pub organized within the ACES activities framework. The open call was a success, counting with the assistance of 15 colleague investigators from different fields, such as biomedicine, physics, ecology, evolution and geochemistry. It was a success, for it implied almost the totality of ACES members who were summoned with residence and/or working place in Uppsala, as well as some scientists with an interest in the association, many of which have decided to become members after the meeting.

Initially, Eva and Hugo, members of the Directing Board, presented the organization briefly, as well as current ACES activities, which served as a starting point to debate on the proposed activities, and to create new ideas. This is how new proposals have come up, which will be presented during the first General Assembly of the association that will be celebrated next 8th of December in Stockholm. Among these new ideas, there is the creation of a web platform that will allow both to present and export ACES information (external web), and to generate a versatile and dynamic working tool (intranet); the celebration of periodic meetings in Uppsala (Science in the Pub) in public establishments or at university, as well as a possible collaboration with the Peña española de Uppsala for these meetings. These meetings will, to the extent possible, each focus on a researcher with a particular interest for ACES (he/she will be Spanish or belonging to Spanish institutions, or collaborate with these). The ACES/Uppsala community will be especially committed to this. The interest and engagement of many assistants in participating and invigorating the existing working groups was also patent after the meeting. A new proposal was to celebrate Scientific Broadcasting Workshops, in which we could count with scientists with experience in this field that we all considered particularly interesting for the goals of ACES.

Overall, the occasion has demonstrated the interest of the Spanish scientific community in the just constituted association, and with its support we open up the way to carry out interesting and motivating activities.