Evolution: from the Basque Country to Darwin

The rector of the UPV / EHU Nekane Balluerka talked about the evolution of the Basque Country in scientific development, from the 16th to the 21st century. She cited some facts that have been milestones: the creation of the University of Oñati, the importance of the twentieth century, the creation of the Science and Technology Network... In all those years, one of the characteristics of Euskal Herria has been the commitment to the formation by society. In the future, she stressed that we should bet on a knowledge society, and she gave us two key words for that: bravery and work in community.

“Darwin was not the only person who discovered evolution and natural selection, but he was the person who convinced the world about it and its importance. He sold it to the world”. That was one of the last sentences of the botanist William Friedman’s talk. That is the reason why link evolution with Darwin, and not Wallace not any other that had previously wrote about evolution.

Life is chemistry
How does matter become more complex? How can an elementary particle become an organism capable of thinking? The Nobel Prize in Chemistry Jean-Marie Lehn pointed out that the answer is in self-organization, in the process by which steps have been taken towards life and thought. Chemical elements, molecular chemistry, supramolecular chemistry and molecular recognition are some of the concepts Lehn presented to explain the evolution of the universe.
Tomorrow's program

17:30 - 19:30 Plenary lectures
17:30 Maria VALLET-REGÍ
18:10 Christophe ROSSEL
18:50 Jean-Pierre SAUVAGE

19:30 - 20:30 Naukas Passion

10:00 - 13:30 Encounters, Guggenheim museum

Albert FERT, María MARTINÓN-TORRES and Christophe ROSSEL

19:00 - 20:30 Plenary lectures, Baluarte

19:00 Pamela DIGGLE
19:40 Jean-Marie LEHN


Humor with accuracy
Pink color and its link with different ideas, hypotheses and geographical explanations to rationalize the cloudy skies in the paintings of Velázquez and Goya, the crown of Hierón to demolish the myth of Archimedes and his Eureka!, the vulnerability of the mind, details about the microbiota and intestinal transplants, and the doubtful benefit that we find in our attempts to replace the plastic bags. These are the topics discussed, in an entertaining and close way, by the six speakers of Naukas in the first Naukas passion session of the Passion for Knowledge festival.

Testimony of the long experienced
The entrance of the DIPC hosted this morning the meeting between John Pendry, María Vallet-Regí and Dudley Herschbach and about twenty doctoral students and recent doctorates, arriving from DIPC, CFM, Biodonostia, CIC nanoGUNE, CIC biomaGUNE and the Faculty of Chemistry. They gathered at round tables, and the young researchers were able to glimpse their own scientific trajectory by asking teachers about theirs. For the group of students it was an interesting experience, and they had pleasant conversations, accompanied by the warm outdoor environment.

Did you know...
that this afternoon the conferences of two Nobel Prizes was held in Bilbao within the framework of Passion for Knowledge (P4K) 2019 festival? The Nobel Prize in Chemistry, Jean-Pierre Sauvage, and the Nobel Prize in Physics, Barry Barish, have been at the Guggenheim museum. Tomorrow, for the first time, the plenary conferences, star activity of the festival, will arrive to Pamplona. Citizens who approach to Baluarte will have the opportunity to know the botany Pamela Diggle and the Nobel Prize in Chemistry Jean-Marie Lehn. It is a luxury available to anyone.
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