The citizen science project ‘Melanogaster: Catch the Fly!” (#MelanogasterCTF), led by the Laboratory of Functional and Evolutionary Genomics (González Lab), led by Dr. Josefa González, and the scientific dissemination platform “La Ciència al Teu Món” (LCATM) has been presented to students of 2nd and 4th degrees of Obligatory Secondary Education (ESO) of La Tordera High School and 1st Baccalaureate year from Reguissol High School, both from Santa Maria de Palautordera, through a class-exhibition of teaching materials developed to explain the project. The experience, a complete success, has concluded by collecting the opinions and evaluations of the students and their teachers Albert March, Maria José Pérez (La Tordera High School) and Muntsa Estrada (Reguissol High School) as well as the director of the academic reinforcement classroom Escola Infinit, Helena Renau. Thank you all very much for your contributions!
González Lab, collaborating scientists, and communication professionals have created an informative guide with explanations and teaching resources of key biology and genetics concepts in the study of adaptation genomics. The guide, elaborated with strict scientific rigor and a strong will of science dissemination, includes a presentation of the project so it can be included in schools and high schools throughout Spain. “Melanogaster: Catch the Fly!” (#MelanogasterCTF) is the first European citizen science project on adaptation genomics, and its mission is to identify and deepen the understanding of the biological mechanisms through which genes and phenotypes adapt to environmental changes. This citizen science project aims to bring science and research closer to teachers, students, and the general public in Spain.
The project #MelanogasterCTF, led by González Lab of the Institute of Evolutionary Biology (CSIC-UPF) and La Ciència al Teu Món, is funded by the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT) and the European Research Council (ERC).
Writing: Alicia Serrano LCATM