Barcelona Open Science Community shares research on air pollution at the MULTIPLIERS conference

On 14 June 2023, the MULTIPLIERS conference on air pollution was celebrated at the School of Engineering of the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB). Around 250 students and 17 teachers from the four high schools participating in the project (INS Ca n’Oriac, INS Narcisa Feixas i Cruells, Escola Tecnos and INS Jaume Cabré), as well as 15 members of the project’s Open Science Community (OSC) in Barcelona participated in the event, including scientists with expertise on the topic of air pollution, teachers, facilitators, and media.

The students became protagonist of the event, sharing main conclusions obtained from the research on air pollution conducted in their high schools. They presented data on the influence of roads and cars, vegetation, and other factors that affect air quality around their schools, adding evidence to professional scientific research. In addition, students presented actions undertaken to raise awareness of the issue of air pollution, sharing potential solutions to the problem with other students and families through activities such as a puppet theatre, a scientific poster, a meeting with policymakers, among others. In sequence, they receive feedback on their work from the experts.

Students participated in four creative workshops to deepen their thinking and brainstorm ways to share their ideas with the wider community. Some of the main results were the creation of a stop-motion animation about how pollutants such as particulate matter (PM) disperse in the air; the recording of future dystopian news stories about air pollution in 2033; and the development of cooperative storytelling narratives.

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