Today starts the period to participate in the new edition of the contest organised by Project Meitner

The project starts again with the opening of the call for sending works to EXPRESS-ARTE CONCIENCIA, a contest that mixes science and art aimed to students of secondary education and formative cycles.

EXPRESS-ARTE CONCIENCIA is a multidisciplinary contest organised by the Institute of Corpuscular Physics, a mixed centre of the CSIC and the University of Valencia, through Project Meitner, with the collaboration of the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT) – Ministry of Science and Innovation, in which science, arts and humanities are combined. The initiative is aimed to secondary school and formative cycles students. The period for participating ends on 15 March 2023.

The competition has already had two editions in the past, in which around 200 works have been submitted by students from all over Spain. To participate in this year’s edition, contestants must create an original artistic work, in video, image or text format, about a pioneer in the field of astrophysics, nuclear physics or particle physics. Participation can be in groups or individually, but always under the supervision of a teacher from their school.

There will be three €500 prizes, one per category (text, image and video). On the Project Meitner website the contest conditions and additional information can be found, as well as the registration documents that contestants must fill out in order to participate.

Project Meitner, an initiative to give a voice to those who have been silenced

“Project Meitner. Remembering Lise Meitner” is a project promoted by the Instituto de Física Corpuscular (IFIC), CSIC – University of Valencia. Thanks to this project, the IFIC will retrieve and reassess the contribution of great women, pioneers of Nuclear and Particle Physics, through the character of Lise Meitner. The theatre play that tells the story of her great discovery, nuclear fission, and which was first performed during the first edition of the project, will be performed again. This time it will be at the Teatro L’Agrícola in Alboraya (Valencia). There will be two morning sessions on 1 and 2 March for schools and two afternoon sessions on 2 and 3 March for the general public. In addition, the session on the 2nd will also be adapted for blind audiences.

With all this, this initiative promotes social equality, encourages scientific vocations and highlights the barriers that women scientists have faced throughout history. Over the next few months, all the activities included in the framework of this project will be carried out, such as the Science and Gender days, the MagnIFICa mentoring programme, the workshops and, at the end of the contest, the exhibition of the selected creations.

Today has also been held the presentation of the #MagnIFICa mentoring programme aimed to female physics students at the University of Valencia, an activity that has been very well received by the students in which they will learn about the day-to-day work of IFIC women researchers. The programme will serve to generate new links between women experts and young researchers in physics.

IFIC and Project Meitner will be providing more detailed information about the activities for the general public and they will also be available on the website of Project Meitner and its social networks.

Victoria Salvador, Best Actress in the Valencian Arts Awards 2021

Teatre Principal de Valencia celebrated last night the fourth edition of the Valencian Arts Awards, which honored the actress Victoria Salvador for her role in Project Meitner.

It has been almost two years since Project Meitner started. This proyect was promoted by the Institute of Corpuscular Physics to recover one of the great forgotten names in the History of Science due to her status as a woman, Jewish, and her living circumstances. She is Lise Meitner, and yes, still today a large part of the society ignores her crucial role in one of the most important discoveries of the 20th century: nuclear fission.

In Project Meitner, written by the professor of History of Science and playwright Robert Marc Friedman, Victoria Salvador not only immerses the public with great professionalism in the history of this giant of Science; more importantly, she provides the opportunity to know the person beyond the character through her emotions, her values and her experiences.

After a close collaboration with CRIT Companyia de Teatre, and thanks to their talent and professionalism, today we can celebrate this well-deserved recognition to Victoria Salvador. Her award, in the end, is a recognition to all the people involved in Project Meitner. In the end, their enthusiasm and effort have contributed to recover the legitimate legacy of Lise Meitner in the History of Science.

Project Meitner (Remembering Lise Meitner) has had the collaboration of the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT) – Ministry of Science and Innovation, the Higher Council for Scientific Research (CSIC), the University of Valencia and its Unitat d’Igualtat, the Institut Valencià de Cultura (IVC) and the Fundación General CSIC.


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