Public activities

In our lab we are committed to scientific communication and public awareness.

We truly believe that getting closer to the society is imperative and make an effort to do so.

General Public Activities

Public Activities Throughout the Years

European Researchers Night

The European Researchers’ Nights have been organized every September since 2005. Some of the past events have received national prizes. In 2015, the event celebrated its 10th anniversary. In 2017 about 1.1 million citizens and over 21 000 researchers took part in these scientific events.

The events showcase what researchers really do for society in interactive and engaging ways, promoting research careers to young people and their parents. Fight cancer, stop global warming, prevent hunger and drought, invent devices for disabled people, and make human life easy in space! This could be the fascinating, life-changing daily work of the faces behind science who you can meet at the European Researchers’ Night. With family, friends, your school or on your own, become a scientist for the evening and participate in science activities – great entertainment is guaranteed!”

The commitment to disseminating our activities, raising awareness about science, and promoting scientific culture are some of the core values of the CNIO and its researchers. The Centre is one of the institutions participating in the European Researchers’ Night, which is being held in 340 European cities as part of the European Union Horizon 2020 Programme.

This event is part of the CNIO’s science outreach strategy, mainly channelled through the Dean’s Office, the WISE Office (Women in Science Office) and the CNIO & the city project.

The European Researchers’ Night is being promoted by the Department of Education, Youth, and Sport in the Autonomous Community of Madrid, and is being coordinated by the Fundación madri+d. The project is funded by the EU Framework Programme for Research & Innovation, Horizon 2020 – Marie Sklodowska-Curie actions – under grant agreement number 721631.


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CNIO & The City

“CNIO and the City” is the educational outreach project sponsored by CNIO with support from the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT) and the pro bono foundation Obra Social “la Caixa.” It sets out to stimulate a creative mindset and encourage students of secondary school age to consider the sciences as a career path, by interacting with them directly and providing their teachers with tools and materials to inspire and motivate the entire educational community.

If you are a student residing in the Madrid Autonomous Community, our EDUCACNIO program may prove of interest, as it allows one to participate in hands-on learning activities such as:

  • Laboratory Immersion
  • My First Science Project

And if you are a teacher at the Upper Secondary or Vocational Training levels, you might want to take a look at FORMACNIO, where you can update your familiarity with the basics of biology and scientific research in general, with particular emphasis on cancer research.

Our lab has been actively participating in this wonderful initiative since the very beginning, receiving students in our lab for one week, to know more about CNIO, how we work daily in the laboratory, participating in our experiments, lab meetings, seminars, etc.

As shown in the first picture, Maria was one of the first researchers at CNIO supervising one of our visitor students, Nerea, from Madrid.

In the second picture, Carolina is showing how to work with cells and immnuprecipitate proteins to Elena and Daniel, two new students from Murcia who visited us recently this month.

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Asociación Española Contra el Cáncer (AECC)

SCIENCE FOR ALL” is an initiative from AECC with the aim of bringing Research to society. A society with more scientific culture will better understand the difficulties that researchers face every day. Only with your support will we be able to continue advancing in knowledge and treatments.

We actively collaborate with AECC in scientific divulgation since 2012, participating in activities such us seminars, visits to schools (as shown in the picture), etc…

Also, in collaboration with Ausonia-AECC, our lab has participated in public debates, like the one showed in the picture.

Public Activities Throughout the Years

17-21 December 2018: CNIO, welcoming two students through the initiative of CNIO & The city_ Immersion in the lab for one week, development of a little lab project, guided visit to the centre and units, etc. By María Salazar Roa.

 15 November 2018: CNIO, welcoming students from Stanford University. Activity developed together with Mariano Barbacid_ Guided visit to the center, round table with Mariano talking about CNIO history, how we work at CNIO and cancer research nowadays. By María Salazar Roa.

14 November 2018: Nuestra Señora de la Merced School, Madrid_ Educational talk about CNIO, how we work and how we investigate against cancer, under the initiative from AECC called “Science for all, volunteers for Science”. By María Salazar Roa.

19 October 2018: CNIO, welcoming Retamar School, Madrid_ Educational talk about CNIO, how we work here and how we investigate against cancer. By María Salazar Roa.

9 October 2018: CNIO, welcoming Ausonia and AECC to the centre_ Educational video about how we investigate against cancer stem cells in the scenario of breast cancer. By María Salazar Roa.

4 October 2018: AECC auditorium in Madrid_ round table together with breast cancer patients and psychologists, under the sponsorship of AECC and Ausonia. By María Salazar Roa.

23 April 2018: Lleida University, Lleida_ Educational talk about pluripotency and how we investigate the use of miRNAs to favor stem cells differentiation. By María Salazar Roa.

9 April 2018:  Sagrada Familia School, Madrid_Educational seminar about stem cells and cancer. By María Salazar Roa.

9 March 2018: Stem Cell Insitute, Cambridge_ Seminar about pluripotency and how to use miRNAs to boost stemness potential. By María Salazar Roa.

18 January 2018: Inmaculada Concepción School, Madrid_ Educational talk about CNIO, how we work here and how we investigate against cancer. By María Salazar Roa.