Sunday, October 2

Margarita del Val and Maria A. Blasco: science, always to the rescue

Thinkers of the stature of Noan Chomsky, researchers such as Jane Goodall and scientists such as Margarita del Val and Maria A. Blasco are some of the personalities taking part in the Festival to be held from September 22 to 24 in Valencia.

Jane Goodall, Noam Chomsky and the concert by Kiko Veneno and Ariel Rot, at the 10th Anniversary Festival in Valencia

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On Friday 23 the conversation ‘Science to the rescue of the world’ will take place, a table that has the support of the City of Arts and Sciences of Valencia. It will be a meeting between Margarita del Val, virologist and researcher at the CSIC (Higher Council for Scientific Research) and Maria A. Blasco, director of the CNIO (National Center for Oncological Research). An exceptional occasion to discuss the lessons learned from the pandemic and the most urgent tasks of the moment. The deputy director of Natalia Chientaroli will moderate the talk.

Margaret of the Valley She is a scientific researcher, virologist and immunologist at the Higher Council for Scientific Research (CSIC) at the Severo Ochoa Molecular Biology Center in Madrid. She holds a doctorate in Chemical Sciences from the Autonomous University of Madrid. Her research focuses on the study of the immune response against viral infections and immune memory, that is, basic aspects of how vaccines work. She has directed numerous research projects and published high-impact articles in conjunction with her research group. She coordinates the CSIC’s Global Health Interdisciplinary Research Platform to face the coronavirus pandemic and future challenges. She contributes to the communication of scientific knowledge to society, for which she has received numerous awards and recognitions.

Mary A. Blasco is a molecular biologist, director of the National Cancer Research Center, dedicated to studying the role of telomeres and telomerase in cancer and ageing. Her studies have been published by the most relevant scientific journals such as Cell, Nature or Science, among others. Her achievements have been recognized with prestigious international awards such as the Josef Steiner Cancer Research Award from Switzerland, the Körber European Science Award from Germany, as well as the Santiago Ramón y Cajal National Biology Award and the Rey Jaime I Award, among others. . In October 2017 she received the Distinction for Scientific Merit from the Generalitat Valenciana. In 2020 she was appointed a member of the Royal Board of Trustees of the Prado Museum (Madrid).

This conversation will take place in the emblematic building of the Palacio de Comunicaciones, located in the Plaza del Ayuntamiento where most of the activities of the 10th Anniversary Festival are held. All Festival events are free.

When 09/23. 18:00

Where Palace of Communications of Valencia

An invitation to reflect

The Festival’s interest in addressing current issues from a deep reflection is extended with the invitation to the famous thinker Noam Chomsky, who takes part in a live videoconference to analyze with the journalist Andrés Gil some of the issues that most concern society in the present.

Noam Chomsky (Philadelphia -USA- 1928) is a linguist -one of the most outstanding of the 20th century-, philosopher, political scientist and activist. He is an emeritus professor of linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and one of the most cited authors in the world. In his political activism, he has been characterized by his harsh criticism of contemporary capitalism and the foreign policy of the United States. The New York Times calls him “the most important of contemporary thinkers.”

The meeting will be at 7:00 p.m. at the Palace of Communications.

When 09/23. 19:00

Where Palace of Communications of Valencia

At the Festival we will have the honor of having the well-known primatologist Jane Goodall, who will intervene on Friday the 23rd at 10 a.m. in an online conversation about her professional career, her great milestones and her revolutionary research on the behavior of chimpanzees. She will also talk about the importance of protecting ecosystems and biodiversity in the context of the serious climate crisis we are going through.

Jane Goodall (London, 1934) is one of the main activists for the conservation of our planet. Together with a team of researchers, she has studied the chimpanzee community of the Gombe National Park in Tanzania for more than forty years, for which she is considered the world’s leading authority on the study of these animals. At 88 years old, Goodall remains active through the Institute that bears her name, with a delegation in Spain, where she continues to work intensely on the protection of ecosystems and biodiversity.

The conversation between Goodall and the deputy director of, María Ramírez, will be broadcast in the Plaza del Ayuntamiento, epicenter of the Festival with free access for all citizens.

When 09/22. 10:00

Where Plaça de L’Ajuntament de València

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