The N&N Group brings science to bars

During this last week, Amanda Muñoz-Juan and Asier Rodríguez Muguruza have participated in outreach activities in Barcelona. The N&N post-doctoral researchers brought the group’s science outside the lab thanks to the events BAR meetings and Pint of Science.

Both events consist of scientists and experts explaining parts of their research in open events at bars. On the one hand, BAR Meetings are organised by Gusaneros, a community of scientists in Spain and Latin America working on the model organism C. elegans. On the other hand, Pints of Science is a festival that “aims to deliver interesting and relevant talks on the latest science research in an accessible format to the public – mainly across bars, pubs, cafes and other public spaces”, as it says on their webpage.

Amanda Juan-Muñoz presenting her research during the Gusaneros' BAR Meeting 2024
Amanda Juan-Muñoz presenting her research during the Gusaneros’ BAR Meeting 2024

On May 9th, Dr. Muñoz-Juan presented a paper in which they used Caenorhabditis elegans as a model for the early stages of Parkinson’s desease. This model enables the examination of the initial disease, which occurs prior to the onset of motor symptoms, and the exploration of molecular processes preceding neuronal degeneration.

Also, on May 15th, Dr. Asier Rodríguez Muguruza participated in the open science festival Pints of Science. The motto of his outreach activity was David vs. Goliath: because size does matter. It revolved around the resistance to antibiotics bacteria are developing, which leads to diseases that are more difficult to treat. However, we can combat this thanks to nanotechnology – that’s what Asier explained during this event, which is celebrated yearly worldwide.