Semana de la Ciencia 2017

Madrid Science Week is an event of scientific dissemination and citizen participation organized by the Madri+d Foundation that offers the public the opportunity to learn about the work of scientists, their research, motivations and efforts. It allows society to know the latest advances in science.

In 2017 (November 6th to 19th ), the Complutense University of Madrid, as in previous editions, organized workshops in various faculties. HOU SPAIN, within the Faculty of Mathematical Sciences, organized the activities:


"Opening Windows to the Universe"


This activity took place in the FISAC building of the Faculty of Statistics, on November 14 and 15, 2017. It consisted in the organization of guided visits to the facilities of the Scientific Operations Center of the WSO-UV space telescope.

Each visit consisted of three parts. First, a brief introduction was given to the astronomical observatories and the WSO-UV telescope within that context. Afterwards, the visit continued with a presentation of the WSO-UV project in detail, its facilities on Earth (in Russia and Spain) and the role of the Center for Scientific Operations of the WSO-UV in the Complutense. Each visit ended with the passage to the Control Room, where the role of each functioning system was explained in detail



"Astronomy in the Classrooms. Initiation to the management of SalsaJ"


The activity took place at the Faculty of Mathematics on November 6th and 7th, 2017.

This workshop, especially dedicated to students and professors of the last courses of high schools, was intended to be a presentation of the Hands on Universe project and the full potential of the network to initiate scientific projects from the classroom environment.

The project chosen was the study of the stellar population of the M16 cluster, the Eagle Nebula. The basic concepts of star formation and how to measure the ages of the stars were presented using the Hertzsprung-Russell diagram, where students applied using SalsaJ.