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PhD Complementary Skills Session: Alicia Calvo-Villamañán

viernes, marzo 18, 2022 @ 10:00 am12:00 pm

Making your science accessible with illustrations and humour

Alicia Calvo-Villamañán, CNB – CSIC.

As researchers we are accustomed to sharing our science mostly with people that have similar sets of skills to ours. But what happens when we have to share our science with people whose backgrounds are radically different to what we’re used to? In these cases, we enter the domain of science communication and science outreach, a radically different way of communicating science that requires equally radically different skills of communication.

Scientific illustration is a great way to make one’s science more accessible to the general public, as it helps others visualise complex scientific concepts that would be totally foreign to them otherwise. Being able to convert what we do every day in the lab into approachable illustrations takes a bit of imagination, a lot of trial and error, and why not, a bit of humour as well.

From very simple stick figures to more complex illustrations, from digital art to more classical media, helping others visualise your work will help you keep your audience more engaged with your work, as well as help them understand it better.

Alicia a postdoc in the lab of Dr. Álvaro San Millán. Her current research focuses on the understanding of sucessful plasmid-bacteria associations in nosocomimal infections to try to prevent the further dissemination of antimicrobial resistance in hospitals.

Past research topics have included the study of CRISPR-Cas systems and the development of synthetic biology tools to tackle the challenge of antimicrobial resistance.

«I am a sleepy, caffeinated molecular biologist by day and a hyper scientific illustrator by night. You can learn more about my science outreach and scientific illustration work in this website

You can check here her publications

This seminar will be held at Tower I, 11th floor Baobab room, there will be 30 avialable seats, the free spots will be assigned on a first come first served basis.


viernes, marzo 18, 2022
10:00 am–12:00 pm
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IBEC, floor 11, Tower i