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We interact with society to explain our research and the importance of science, not only to satisfy human curiosity, but also to impact our quality of life and improve our future. Our primary goal in scientific outreach goes beyond technical dissemination, as we aim to emphasize the relevance, quality, and interest of science in our society. We actively contribute to several outreach activities and we also promote several actions of scientific divulgation. In the following pages you can find a small summary of some of our activities and in the next

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Outreach

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The G-Night

The G-nights, part of the European Researchers' Night, are a cornerstone initiative in scientific dissemination across Europe. This annual event, promoted by the European Commission, is held simultaneously in nearly 400 cities across the continent. Through live experiments, games, workshops, and presentations, researchers from various disciplines share their knowledge and discoveries in a manner that is both accessible and engaging. Within, the Singular Center for Research in Biological Chemistry and Molecular Materials (CIQUS), our gruop has played a significant role in G-nights over the past three years, actively contributing to this effort of scientific outreach. We have actively participated in a variety of activities designed to captivate the public's imagination and foster greater interest in science, particularly among the younger audience.

Our Marie-Curie postdoctoral researchers Adrian Sánchez and Mayra Quemé-Peña, at Montenegro's group, engage with the children during one of the G-night workshops. They provide detailed explanations, gaining the attention of the young attendees, who listen with fascination and curiosity. Meanwhile, other research team members conduct interactive experiments with another group of children, thus fostering active participation and demonstrating a commitment to making science accessible and comprehensible for audiences of all ages.

In this edition, we introduced an interactive board game, utilizing 3D printed figures as key elements of our project on transport through cell membranes. The board, a giant model simulating the interior and exterior of a cell, featured moving 3D parts that children identified and utilized. The pieces represented carriers and cargos; when correctly joined, they formed a complete arrow, symbolizing the successful traversal through the cell membrane.

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Pint of Science is an international festival that aims to bring science closer to the public in a relaxed and informal way, inviting researchers to share their knowledge in bars or cafes. The goal is to make science accessible, allowing people to interact directly with scientists and learn about their research in a fun and friendly manner. In Santiago de Compostela, during Pint of Science 2023, postdoctoral researchers -including our colleagues Adrian Sánchez and Mayra Quemé-Peña and Professors from the University of Santiago de Compostela took part in the event held at Alborada Veiga Bar.  Adrián presented “Proteins and Piña colada: life beyond water,' questioning whether water is the only fluid capable of sustaining life. Meanwhile, Mayra discussed 'New drugs? Let's use what we already have!', focusing on the interactions between small biomolecules and other substances, such as drugs or food dyes. Engaging with the public in such an informal setting allowed for an exchange of ideas and inspired conversations about the future of science and medicine, underscoring the importance of making complex scientific concepts accessible to a wider audience.



Science is everyone's business, and Ciencia Singular emerge as an event designed to actively involve society in the fascinating world of scientific research. This initiative is presented as a unique opportunity to bring to the public the latest advances in different disciplines such as chemistry, physics, molecular medicine and smart technologies, aiming to foster a collective reflection on the role of science in our daily lives.


The Singular Research Center in Biological Chemistry and Molecular Materiais (CiQUS) plays a leading role in Singular Science, offering an immersive chemical experience by allowing exploration of its labs and interaction with renowned researchers. With activities designed for both children and adults, such as talks, guided tours, workshops and experiments, CiQUS demonstrates how science can be accessible and stimulating for everyone, contributing significantly to its educational and dissemination mission.


In addition to its participation in Ciencia Singular, CiQUS has expanded its commitment to scientific dissemination and the training of future generations by hosting visits from educational centers, such as the IES Eduardo Pondal. These types of initiatives underline CiQUS's role as a center committed to youth and promoting a proactive approach to science and innovation

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During the Singular Science open days, postdoctoral researcher Marisa Juanes and PhD Student Yeray Folgar-Cameán showcased a revolutionary drug delivery technology that was developed by the research group. Both, explained to general public how these innovative carriers facilitate the efficient transport of molecules across cell membranes, and how this advancement can transform modern medicine by improving the delivery of therapeutic agents.


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Young Vocations Entrepreneurship Day's

We have expanded our commitment to scientific dissemination and the training of future generations by hosting visits from educational centers, such as the IES Eduardo Pondal. Within this framework, Marisa Juanes and Professor Javier Montenegro  have participated in the 'Days of Entrepreneurs for Vocational Youth', aimed to encourage the high school students to consider science as an excellent option for their future. These types of initiatives underline Montenegro Lab as a group committed to youth and promoting a proactive approach to science and innovation.


Adding to our involvement in this initiative, Yeray Folgar-Cameán, one of our predoctoral candidates, is currently at the helm of managing and coordinating the local 'Pint of Science' event in Santiago. In this interview on Galician public television, Yeray explains what 'Pint of Science' is and the essence of the event.


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We participated in the solidarity walk 'Santiago de Compostela en Marcha contra o cancro', an event organized by the Spanish Association Against Cancer (AECC). This event that stands out for its significance in both the sporting and social field, promotes healthy lifestyle habits and plays an essential role in supporting the development of oncological research. It contributes significantly to funding projects aimed at improving the diagnosis and treatment of cancer and ensures the continuity of a wide range of free programs and services that the AECC provides to the community.

In addition to the solidarity walk, the 'Science for All' fair was held, aiming to raise awareness about the importance of advancing oncological research. With the participation of researchers from CIQUS, CiMUS, the Oncomet group, and the CardioCHUS team, this event succeeded in engaging the public's attention by sharing significant achievements and highlighting the importance of their work.


Interactive stand, where Alberto Fuertes postdoctoral researcher explains to participants significant advancements of our research in cancer treatment. It is an educational space that brings science closer to society, promoting knowledge and understanding of how everyone can be part of solution in the fight against cancer.

Other Dissemination Activities

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Scientific dissemination plays an essential role in building bridges between the scientific community and the general public. Through a variety of innovative and accessible activities, we aim not just to share knowledge but also to inspire curiosity and appreciation for science. In this context, our laboratory colleagues, Yeray Folgar and Patricia Fulias, stand out for their commitment to the dissemination of chemistry, undertaking a series of projects aimed at making this discipline more accessible and enjoyable for people of all ages. Yeray and Patricia, president and secretary respectively of the Sociedade Xuvenil Galega de Química, Galician association dedicated to scientific dissemination in the field of chemistry, organize workshops and participate in radio interviews to bring chemical knowledge closer to the wider society.


Our colleague Marisa Juanes, a postdoctoral researcher at our gruop, participated in formative talks titled “A Luz da Ciencia” where explained the crucial role of chemistry in the fight against coronavirus. She detailed, on a fundamental level, cellular structures and DNA, and how the advancement of gene therapies has been fundamental for the development of the coronavirus vaccine. This initiative underlines the commitment of our research group to scientific outreach, showcasing the significant impact of science on society and its capability to provide solutions to urgent issues. Marisa's presentation is available both in a press release and on YouTube.