“Science Diplomacy in the Post-Covid World”

Diplomats and scientists discuss the importance of the union between science and diplomacy after the COVID-19 pandemic.

The crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need to unite science and diplomacy to achieve a joint response to threats that know no borders.

While some world leaders responded in different ways, scientists started an unprecedented global collaboration to understand this new disease and advance together in the investigation of vaccines and treatments.

In the post COVID-19 world, will science take center stage in world diplomacy? What strategies, structures and mechanisms to facilitate science diplomacy exist in Spain and in the United States? How to nurture new generations of leaders who will build bridges between science and diplomacy to address global challenges?

This webinar will take place the 12th of June from 10:30 am to 11:45 am. Here you have the link for the registration: http://bit.ly/SciDipCOVID19

CSIC scientists answer questions about the social impact of Covid-19. 

Sociologists Diego Ramiro, María Ángeles Durán and Luis Miller, and geologist Teresa Moreno, address the social effects of the pandemic

today at 20:15 pm (Spanish time). To have acess to this webinar press here:

The National Microbiology Center investigates SARS-Cov2 virus and COVID-19 disease in a comprehensive manner

The Carlos III Institute of Health, through the National Center for Microbiology (CNM-ISCIII), has approved the implementation of a research project to try to give a comprehensive response to COVID-19 from almost all the fronts involved in its approach. The project, entitled “Coordination of research activities at the CNM to carry out an integrative response to the SARS-Cov2 pandemic in Spain”, will work with 12 different CNM-ISCIII research groups and will be coordinated by Inmaculada Casas, responsible for the Respiratory Virus and Influenza Unit (VRP) and director of the WHO National Influenza Centre in Madrid.

Spotlight on Nikhil Faulkner and Kevin Ng, coronavirus antibody researchers

Nikhil Faulkner and Kevin Ng are PhD students in the Crick’s Retroviral Immunology Laboratory, and study how our bodies respond to viruses. When the current pandemic hit the headlines, they put their work on hold and focused their efforts on finding out what happens when our immune system is exposed to SARS-CoV-2.

Full description of the infection machinery of an antibiotic-resistant genital bacterium

A team of researchers with the participation of the Higher Council for Scientific Research (CSIC) has described the machinery of infection of a bacterium causing urogenital pathologies, which is developing resistance to most antibiotics.
The work, published in Nature Communications, allows a better understanding of the molecular mechanism that initiates infection by this pathogen. This could help develop different therapeutic strategies than antibiotics, for which bacteria are creating multiresistance. These strategies would be based on identifying molecules capable of blocking the binding site of human receptors so that the ability of the pathogen to adhere during infection can be stopped.

Science for Kids

The Royal Institution presents ExpeRimental, a series of short films that make it fun, easy and cheap to do science at home with children aged 4 to 11. These films give lots of ideas for kids’ activities that will help you explore the world around you, question and experiment together. They show how to do the activity and how to make sure adults and children get the most out of it. Login to discover their new science experiments: https://spainculturescience.co.uk/experimental