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Science Among Disciplines Seminar

Nowadays, education systems are compartmentalised in high specialization areas: genetic medicine, nanotechnology, bioinformatics… However, even though this strong vertical character of formation, the research practices offer an overview totally horizontal, where the collaboration among different disciplines is enhanced: informatics with biologists, chemists with physics, engineers with mathematics… The confluence of approaches, reflections and perspectives offer a great solution to more and more complex problems. In this meeting of experiences and great innovation, they unify to the humanistic and artistic branches. Nowadays, the interaction between scientific, humanistic and artistic disciplines is enhanced by so prestigious forums such as the Natural Sciences Academy Of United States, the Keck Foundation and the NAFKI congress, or under the coverage of the European Commission through the ICT-Arts CONNECT inform or the program SARTS-Horizonte 2020.

“Science among Disciplines” Seminary gathers this interdisciplinary interaction philosophy to offer a set of five seminars workshop, imminent practices, which addresses five topics of special current importance: communication and scientific dissemination through art; genetic and forensic medicine in the judicial environment; science, art and cuisine; perception and visualization of data and dangers of pseudoscience. Each seminary workshop will have an interdisciplinary team which will guide the activities in a ludic and formal environment. All in all, the seminar “Science among Disciplines” offers a citizen space in the mornings, entertaining and informative, with the intention of generate an open and interdisciplinary discussion forum.

SEMINAR 1. Art in the scientific environment. Looking for balance. By Eva Pastor, from the Association Piratas de la Ciencia, and Andreu Escrivà, specialist in environmental services (

Wednesday 6 April 2016, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.

Faculty of Philosophy and Educational Sciences (seminary organised within the First Congress of Critical Thinking and Scientific Dissemination -

Communication and scientific dissemination move forward steeply in society, they adapt to their needs or interests, and try to rebrand themselves to be more creative, flexible and useful. Some examples are the scientific communication through art or the role of people in the citizen science projects and activism. How does this kind of projects develop? Which is the role of the communicator? What are the problems and weak points that happen? Which are, on the other side, the opportunities that open up when exploring these new ways?

SEMINAR 2. Deconstruction of the offence: from indication to profile, by Mercè Aler Gay, of the Association Piratas de la Ciencia, and the advocate Yésica Albal Román.

Saturday 9 April 2016, from 10 a.m

Hall of Residence Rector Peset.

Forn Sant Nicolau, 4.



After an offence or crime, we can know some aspects of what happened based on the Locard's Exchange Principle which allows us to collect evidences and pieces of conviction that might have any relation with the offence and that allow the deconstruction.  Forensic identification helps molecular biology to identify, individuals as well as their residues placed in form of evidences or traces in different pieces of conviction. That is why genetic markers without influence in gene expression are used, basically microsatellites (STR). However, before the time of the identification of the alleged perpetrator, we must know which evidences that might help us are. Knowing what evidences are, we will rebuild their components to get to the genetic profile that allows to stablish who or what left on the crime scene. The seminar, mostly practical, will contribute to the wide vision of a scientific process unified to the “humanistic” of the legal field, providing the transdisciplinary perspective which must join all the areas of knowledge.

Sant Nicolau, 4.


Documenta is one of the most important contemporary art exhibits of the world. In 2006, its art director, Roger Buergel, invited Ferran Adrià to participate in Documenta 12. Interactions between contemporary art and the world of food are not new: they are part of a large tradition which goes from antiquity to Campbell soups of Andy Warhol. However, in this case, we do not have an artist who represents food, but a cook who was invited to a very influent artistic event.  How has Ferran Adrià Affected contemporary art? In this seminar we will explore the representation of Ferran Adrià in the development of modernist cuisine, and which is the role of science and technology in his kitchen.

SEMINAR 3. Haute cuisine: art and science. Chaired by Fernando Sapiña Navarro y Pablo Pardo Ibáñez, members of the Pirates for Science Cultural Association.

Saturday, 16 April 2016, from 10 to 14h

Rector Peset Residence Halls

Forn de Sant Nicolau Street, 4



SEMINAR 4. This is not a videogame. Perceiving stories without buttons. Chaired by Guillermo Muños Matutano, from the Pirates for Science Association, and Moisés Mañas, from the Sculpture Department of Fine Arts of the Polytechnic University of Valencia.

Saturday, 23 April, from 10 to 14h

Rector Peset Residence Halls

Forn de Sant Nicolau Street, 4



Sight is one of our key senses. In our technological society, image becomes one of the main informative and communicative pieces. The lens unit, paradigm of the human eye, is included in each of our new applications. However, the process of seeing hides shadows and invisible folds. What is invisible lacks meaning if it is not readable, able to be processed, identifiable, recognisable. It is through these processes that we can translate the visual data into knowable images to narrate the visual history of our eyes, both biological and technological. In this seminar, through the process of scientific measuring and artistic representation, we will play with different examples of image technology. We will play through the perceptive process of seeing in order to understand other parallel processes such as visualisation, representation or transcodication of data. We will visually play from the collaboration of artistic and scientific disciplines to understand why the image is not a passive object, but a representation of the dynamic flow of information, a skeleton that hides all the mysteries of perception, all the mechanics of a videogame.


SEMINAR 5. Nature, tactics and dangers of pseudoscience. Chaired by Angelo Fasce and Fernando Cervera, from the Universitat de València.

Saturday, April 30, from 10 to 14h

Place: Seminar Room of the Botanical Gardens, ground floor


Phrenology. Pseudoscience is as old as science.  The aim of this seminar is to analyse and raise awareness of the problems of pseudoscience. The programme will be divided into two blocks: the first, in charge of Angelo Fasce, about nature, logical and epistemological characteristic of pseudoscience; and the second, in charge of Fernando Cervera, who will talk about the sociological characteristics and the legal framework in which these take place. The seminar will be theoretical enough to enrich the knowledge of the audience, but also practical enough to encourage participation and involvement. Besides understanding what is a pseudoscience and what are its dangers, we will carry out interactive exercises with pseudoscientists, text analysis and practical cases. We will also create a pseudoscience in groups in order to later pinpoint its weak spots.


Pirates for Science Cultural Association, with the collaboration of the Chair for Science Dissemination, the UCC and the Rector Peset Halls of Residence of the Universitat de València



Registration and attendance to the seminars is free, but an email should be sent to or with the subject “inscripción ciencia entre disciplinas seminario” (indicate the number of the seminar and the date it takes place).

Each seminar has a maximum capacity of 30 people

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