Ricardo Merino

Biochemist and biologist from Bilbao. Since 2005, he has held a position as Technology Transfer Technician, responsible for Intellectual Property Management at the University of the Basque Country (UPV /EHU).

He will present “How to use the technology described in patents without infringing them”. Throughout this presentation, he will talk about patents, the rights that consist of a third party not being able to exploit a technology unless they reach an agreement with the owner of said patent. However, he will show us that there are exceptions that do allow free use of these patented technologies and how to do so without infringing them.

Georges Belinga

Georges Belinga has a Masters in New Media and E-business (University of Lübeck, Germany), and a Business degree (Northumbria University, UK). He is the founder and CEO of Koop SF 34, a pioneer migrant micro social business incubator.

Georges will present Life Kontainer, a project that aims to facilitate the trading of cocoa for farming cooperatives in Cameroon. Life Kontainer is a unit of agricultural transformation made in Euskadi that helps these agricultural cooperatives to produce organic cocoa from natural fertilisers and biopesticides, as well as providing innovative fermentation and drying methodologies that enable them to create and market excellent cocoa.

Ainara San Juan Escudero

Ainara San Juan Escudero has a Bachelor degree in Health Biology (University of Alcalá) and she is currently studying a Master’s in Public Health at the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU).

She has worked on the comparison of the participatory projects Photovoice Madrid and Photovoice Bilbao. Her area of interest is Urban Health, which seeks to analyse the influence of cities and neighbourhoods on people’s living habits and health. Thus, Citizen Science relies on the residents themselves to understand their problems and strengths, and empowers them to promote change.

Leyre Gravina Alfonso

Leyre Gravina Alfonso has a PhD in Physiology and currently holds a position as coordinator of the Nursing and Health Promotion Research Group at the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU).

She has previously collaborated in research on physical activity and nutrition at the University of Stirling (UK), University of Las Palmas de Gran Canarias and University of Alcalá. His main field of research focuses on Community Health, Urban Health, Citizen Science and promotion of healthy habits. Specifically, in recent years she has focused her research on understanding how the neighbourhoods of a city affect the health of its residents.

Mar Cortes

Mar Cortes is a physician with expertise in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and a neuroscientist with vast experience in brain neuroplasticity.

She is an assistant professor in the Department of Rehabilitation and Human Performance, co-director of the Abilities Research Center at Mount Sinai (New York) and a professor at Harvard Medical School, where she teaches brain stimulation and modulation of brain plasticity. The goal of Dr. Cortes research is to understand brain adaptations after or during injury and their clinical implications. She works to develop new individualised rehabilitation strategies to promote recovery and improve patients’ quality of life and well-being using new technologies and novel approaches. Mar will present “Transforming the healthcare experience through innovation: biophilic design”, an initiative that shows how exposure to nature has a positive impact on overall health, wellbeing and happiness.

Naroa Coretti

Naroa Coretti Sánchez is a researcher and Master’s student in the City Science group at the MIT Media Lab.

Naroa has a degree in Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Engineering (Tecnun – University of Navarra). Her research is related to future mobility models. In particular, she is interested in a vision of future cities that are diverse, collaborative and innovative. During her presentation “The future of mobility will be collaborative” she will show us a future in which urban mobility functions as a collaborative ecosystem that transports people and goods in the most efficient way. In this vision of the cities of the future, cars do not exist and the main means of transport are walking or using electric, autonomous and shared micro-mobility systems.

Mark Elton

Mark Elton is a psychologist, psychotherapist and Mindfulness instructor (advanced level).

He has over 25 years of experience working with families, adults and children. The most important influences on his professional activity are the Internal Family Systems model, different psychoanalytic / psychodynamic approaches, contemporary spirituality and Mindfulness. Marc will present “The health benefits of Mindfulness meditation”, a brief introduction to Mindfulness meditation and its benefits. He will also guide us through a Mindfulness session during the workshop.

Juan Manuel Román

Juan Manuel Román Campos is a Telecommunications teacher at the CIFP San Jorge LHII in Santurce.

He researches how to use a person’s brain activity to control applications and devices integrated in a home automation infrastructure. In collaboration with Jose Mari Correa, technology coordinator at Biook, he will present the collaborative project “Next Mind: A mind-controlled home automation system” that allows you to control the devices in your home or office with your mind using the Next Mind device.

Victor Barahona

Victor Barahona is an Industrial Technical Engineer, Maker and founder of the company Egokitek, which offers products and services in the area of Open Hardware, 3D Printing, Augmented Reality systems (AR Sandbox, Tangible Landscape, LightForm) and indoor agriculture (Food Computer, Astroplant). He also practices and promotes Permaculture and Regenerative Agriculture. Victor will show us “Artzain Bot V1”, a cheap and easy to build robot, which resembles our beloved Mars Rover. He will give us a demonstration of  how it moves, dodges obstacles and how it can be controlled. He will also show us what it looks like inside and how it is built.

Roland van Dierendonck

Roland van Dierendonck is an artist and researcher, currently pursuing a PhD at Sheffield Hallam University, using haptics (touch) and other media to connect with life across spatial and temporal gaps. His past exhibitions include the Ars Electronica Festival, London Design Festival and the Discovery Festival.

He is going to present “Chronoscopy”, an audiovisual work that combines playful traces of life under the microscope with a soundtrack of developing loops. It encourages the viewer to be attentive and look at the microcosm and its inhabitants with open eyes, discovering patterns and disruptions in both the visuals as well as the audio. During his presentation, Roland will share the process leading up to Chronomicroscopy, giving a peak into both the creative process as well as the microscopy practice. You will never look at microorganisms the same way again.

Rachel Aronoff

Rachel Aronoff is an expert in molecular genetics, imaging, and biosecurity, who founded the association Action for Genomic integrity through Research! (AGiR!) to make people aware of readily avoidable risks to health.

After learning about open science and Hackuarium, Rachel began experiments in this Swiss ‘biohacking’ lab for AGiR!, especially to ‘open source’ DNA damage detection for participatory research. Intrigued by ‘Do-It-Together’ research, Rachel got pulled more and more into the biohacking world and even became president of Hackuarium, where she promotes and facilitates open science projects. She will tell you about the latest one, Corona Detective, inspired by the pandemic and Guy Aidelberg’s GMO Detective, for reliable and low-cost Covid-19 surveillance screening to help end the pandemic. Developed in close collaboration with Guy and Fran Quero (all three past participants in the BBK Open Science festival of 2019) and supported also by JOGL, this method uses sensitive ‘quenched fluorescence’ to detect SARS-CoV-2, and also demonstrates how anyone can visualise DNA!  We will go through the workshop together, virtually from Lausanne, Paris, and Bilbao, and look forward to explaining more about cells, viruses, and how everyone can do research!

Adriana Sánchez

Adriana has a degree in English Philology and has been teaching Marketing, 3D, Sport and Computer Science for 4 years at the Harrobia Ikastola in Bilbao. As a fan of education and languages, she is immersed in several projects in which students work at the ikastola, among them BirziklaON.

Adriana will present the BirziklaON project – which has been set up by the vocational training students of the Harrobia ikastola in Bilbao in collaboration with the Bilbao City Council. The aim of this project is to promote recycling among young people.

Egoitz Etxeandia

Egoitz Etxeandia, has a dual degree in International Business (ESC Toulouse and University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU)) and a Master’s in International Business (University of Nevada).

He was part of the first graduating class of ExE Euskadi. He is an Alumni of Global Shapers (founded by the World Economic Forum). Egoitz currently holds a position as teacher and head of entrepreneurship and innovation at Lauaxeta Ikastola. He is passionate about the circular economy and a believer in the potential of students. Egoitz and his students present the Mask Bags project, in which they transform used face masks into shopping bags.

Paul Tatter

Paul Tatter grew up in a small, dairy-farming town. He has been a lifelong educator in  homes, public parks, streets of cities, and other opportune places of learning. Paul was  a Head Start field-worker, an immunology laboratory technician, a musician, an  elementary teacher and principal in rural, urban and tribal schools. He taught science  and math education in four colleges and universities and was director of science  centers in Colorado, Connecticut and New Mexico. He now helps museums and  educators try out new ideas. Paul is board president of the Corrales Institute for New  Education. He wants to create multigenerational, public education alternatives to  schooling.

During their presentation “Learning Parks: A New Vision for Public Education”, they will talk about this new concept, which is not an innovative approach to schooling or an alternative curriculum but an entire re-imagining of how the learning experience occurs and  the role a learning environment plays in that experience.

Derlly Gonzalez

Derlly González González has been a speech, hearing and learning therapist; Spanish  as a second language teacher; informal bilingual museum educator; STEAM educator;  teachers and science communicators trainer; educational advisor in science and  technology dissemination projects, conceptualization and design of areas, programs  and exhibits for museums and science centers. Firm believer of education and  democratic culture, and learning for life. Interested in peace and health education  topics. Volunteers for organizations that help refugees, children with cancer, and  participates in scientific and cultural outreach programs.

During their presentation “Learning Parks: A New Vision for Public Education”, they will talk about this new concept, which is not an innovative approach to schooling or an alternative curriculum but an entire re-imagining of how the learning experience occurs and  the role a learning environment plays in that experience.

Barbara de Aymerich

Barbara de Aymerich holds a degree in Food Science and Technology, a degree in Chemistry, a PhD in Sciences with a specialisation in Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry, and is a University Expert in STEAM Education with Programming and Educational Robotics from the University of Burgos. Barbara is the Director of the Escuela de Pequeñ@s Científic@s Espiciencia and the Bosque Escuela de Verano Ráspano. Both of them are educational innovation projects in rural areas that have received regional, national and international recognition. 

Barbara will tell us about her experience as Director of the Escuela de Pequeñ@s Científic@s Espiciencia, a STEAM educational innovation project in rural areas, whose main objective is to promote scientific-technological capital in children, young people and families in rural areas and to be an engine of change for the flourishing of new vocations.

Paz Tornero

Paz Tornero is an artist, researcher, professor and passionate about science.

She has taken part in different educational projects in the academic field in Latin America and Spain. In Ecuador she designed an undergraduate course entitled “Transdisciplinary Research Laboratory”; a “hybrid” experimentation laboratory and meeting place between art, the rest of the humanities and the sciences (supposedly opposites), with the aim of proposing and developing more daring and innovative ideas, motivating students with the help of guest researchers and professors. In Colombia she gave a seminar on transdisciplinary research in the Doctoral Programme in Design and Creation at the University of Caldas. In Spain she has given workshops related to ArtScience practice in Faculties of Fine Arts. In her presentation, “Transdisciplinary research spaces in the Academy: risk and uncertainty versus comfort and control” she will reflect on her experiences as a professor, the union between art and science and the opportunity to introduce open transdisciplinary research and creation spaces at universities.

Garikoitz Lerma Usabiaga

Garikoitz Lerma Usabiaga is a researcher at the Basque Center on Brain, Cognition and Language (BCBL, San Sebastian).

He holds an engineering degree in automation and electronics from Tecnun (San Sebastian) and an MBA from ESADE (Barcelona). After a period developing technological projects (PwC and IBM) he founded a digital communication company which he combined with doctoral studies in entrepreneurship. These and other initiatives led him to obtain a PhD in cognitive neuroscience at BCBL, followed by a three-year stay at Stanford University (California) as a researcher. Garikoitz combines the study of vision and reading with the development of reproducible, quantitative methods that can be translated from research to clinical practice.

Juanjo Rubio

Director of the Social Innovation Unit in Navarra. Director of the iGEM Navarra team in 2018/2019.

Maider Manterola

She is currently studying Medicine at the University of Navarra. Maider was in secondary school when she participated in the first iGEM team of Navarra in the category and group High School Teams of Southern Europe.

She was part of the BioGalaxy project (2018), aimed at producing plants destined for space missions.

Alex Pascual

Alex studies Biotechnology at the Public University of Navarra.

He was part of the iGEM team in Navarra in 2019, within the “Colours as New Sensors” project. His team made use of synthetic biology to create bacteria that change their colour depending on the concentration of heavy metals and nitrates.

Ricardo Mutuberria

Biotechnologist and founder of Biook.

After years dedicated to research, Ricardo studied science communication and started working in science museums, mainly in exhibition design and itinerancy, and in the promotion of scientific culture. He has worked in institutions such as the Science Park of Granada, the American Museum of Natural History in New York and Genspace, the open community lab in Brooklyn, NY. Ricardo is founder and director of the Biook association and of the open and participatory science festival and programme, BBK Open Science. Both aim to promote open science, citizen science, community science and the democratisation of science, in such a manner that science becomes a tool open to all citizens, facilitating and accelerating the transformation towards a better world.

Mireya Fernández Díez

Mireya has a Bachelor’s in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Master’s in Neurosciences ((University of the Basque Country)- She also has a Master’s in Journalism and Communication of Science, Technology, Environment and Health (University Carlos III Madrid), she currently holds a position as general coordinator and head of science communication at Biook. Her desire is to make science more accessible to everyone, especially to those who do not have specific training. She describes herself as dedicated, creative and eager to keep learning. 

Mireya, together with Leiore, will be in charge of  the Genetics Bootcamp and the Genetics Show, as well as participating in other sessions.

Fran Quero

Biologist with experience in tissue engineering. Founder of Open Lab Madrid, an association that promoted DIY biology in this community by creating the first biological prototyping laboratory in the city (Medialab-Prado). He is passionate about electronics and digital fabrication. Coordinator of the iGEM Madrid 2018 and 2019 team.

Félix García

In 2007, Felix Garcia (May 1975), an economist by training but biologist by vocation, founded Kimitec with a group of friends. Since its inception, the biotech start-up has focused on the development of natural inputs for agriculture with the farmer’s productivity, people’s health and the environment at the center of the business. Today, 14 years later, Kimitec, turned into a multinational of reference, is present in more than 90 countries around the world and has delegations in USA, China, LATAM and Brazil.

In October 2019, Kimitec, inaugurates MAAVi Innovation Center, the largest biotechnology center dedicated to natural agriculture in Europe and one of the largest biotechnology hubs in the world with a scientific team of over 50 people, MAAVi, develops natural plant nutrition and biocontrol solutions for major players in the agri-food industry, mainly, large producers and agrochemical multinationals. Felix will present Kimitec, MAAVi and the development of biotechnological solutions for the agri-food market.

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