IFOP inaugurates an interactive scientific exhibition at Castro city
16 May, 2022

IFOP inaugurates an interactive scientific exhibition at Castro city

May 19th, 2022 Periodista Gabriela.Gutiérrez


The exhibition is focused on groups of elementary and middle school students during mornings and will be open to general public in the afternoons.

Between May 16th and 20th, at CECREA center facilities wich are located at Lillo 160 Castro, you can visit the interactive exhibition, aimed at publicizing IFOP work carried out and bringing science closer to children, young people and the community.

Dr. Alejandro Murillo from IFOP, explained “in this exhibition the students of Castro and nearby communes from Chiloé Big Island, can go through physical and biological oceanography exhibitions. For the first part, researchers from IFOP Environment Department – (Putemún headquarters, Castro) were invited to participate, they will set up an exhibition with oceanographic equipment for samples retrieval, explaining oceanography basic concepts (salinity, currents, among others) .

For the biological oceanography part, the exhibition will be in charge of CREAN center and MACH project, where concepts such as plankton in the ocean, phytoplankton diversity, main harmful microalgae and technologies used to study these processes will be presented. The exhibition will feature MACH project mobile laboratory presence as a support to show students and participants in general, the type of equipment used for taking and processing samples in the ocean, and how producing microalgae are detected. of FAN.
We will receive groups of schoolchildren from technical colleges, focused on aquaculture area, who will participate in a tour focused on their requirements and will be invited to a series of talks on Tuesday 17th, Wednesday 18th and Thursday 19th. One of these talks will be given by Dr. Gonzalo Gajardo (Universidad de los Lagos) MACH project,senior researcher who will accompany us for 2 days in the exhibition and will address one of MACH project central research topics ; interaction between harmful microalgae and bacteria in the ocean”.

“The MACH-IFOP interactive scientific exhibition arose through a contact made by the natural resources research and development center LACUY Ltda., with whom MACH has a collaboration agreement to carry out scientific dissemination in Castro and Chiloe Island. LACUY made arrangements with Castro Creation Center (CECREA) which depends on Ministry of Culture, Arts and Heritage, to hold the first organizational meetings. In this way, an interactive exhibition began to be managed, with a focus on Harmful Algal Blooms (HAB), How are these processes studied in IFOP through its Center for the Study of Harmful Algae (CREAN)? What is the approach that the MACH project is taking for the study of HABs?” Dr. Murillo concluded.

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