Science is everywhere. It is part of our daily life: from cooking and cultivating the garden, to recycling and interpreting the daily weather forecast, reading a map and using our smartphone. Advances in science and technology (S & T) continue to change our world at a dizzying pace and future generations will surely see S & T advances that we can only imagine.

Being “literate in science” will no longer be simply an advantage, but an absolute necessity. Today, it is more important than ever to believe in science and disseminate it, but is it possible to popularize science and technology? How can we present the ideas and scientific findings in such a way that everyone, especially non-scientists, can understand fundamental concepts and have an idea of the concrete ways in which science impacts our lives?

The Network for the Popularization of Science and Technology in Latin America and the Caribbean (RedPOP) – made up of groups, programs, and centers for the popularization of science in the region, as well as associated members in other parts of the world – seeks precisely to join forces and exchange experiences to face these challenges and answer questions of this nature. It is with this purpose that every two years the RedPOP Congress is convened, seeking to stimulate and support the development of new initiatives to popularize science and technology in our countries.

This year marks the sixteenth edition of the RedPOP Congress, which will be held in Panama City, under the theme “¡Vive la ciencia!” Thanks to the joint organization of the City of Knowledge, the National Secretariat of Science, Technology and Innovation (SENACYT) and the RedPOP.

“City of Knowledge was born twenty years ago with the mission of being an innovative community that promotes social change through humanism, science and business, for this reason we are honored to host the XVI Congress of RedPOP, in this such an ideal space where, day by day, science is lived”, said Professor Jorge Arosemena, Executive President of the City of Knowledge Foundation. “We are proud to receive in Panama the more than 400 professionals and students involved in the popularization of science, just this year that coincides with the designation of the Panamanian capital as the Cultural Capital of Ibero-America and with the celebration of the 500 years of foundation of this city,” he said.

“The truth is that science accompanies us all: it forms a part of our journey and does not take precedence over anything: neither to religion, nor to art, nor to tradition,” Arosemena added.

News of the XVI RedPOP Congress

RedPOP 2019 will be developed according to an interesting four-day agenda and includes the participation of nine renowned speakers from different parts of the world with extensive experience in successful science communication.

As in previous editions in other countries, the RedPop 2019 program will be composed of these national and international plenary conferences, as well as interactive workshops, cultural activities, spaces for dialogue and presentation of works for the exchange of experiences among science communicators.

The congress culminates this Thursday, May 25, with a closing dinner. All information is available at www.redpop2019.org

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