Workshop #17
European Performing Science Night


Will we be forced to migrate to the new plastic continents to survive?

Are the survival strategies of viruses similar to ours?

Is there linguistic convergence when we live similar experiences?

Are there coincidences between the study of the isolation of elementary particles and our own confinements?

Can we alter the stereotypes anchored in the mind through the performing arts?

European Performing Science Night 2021 (EPSN) is an initiative whose main objective is to bring researchers closer to the public and encourage their recognition, their work and the value they bring to society. To carry out these goals, the project proposes different actions that combine science, art and technology.

In the first place, EPSN develops a workshop aimed at participating researchers in which, through co-creation methodologies, the generation of synergies between groups and disciplines will be promoted, on the one hand, and communication with the audience, on the other hand.

Second, a co-creation workshop aimed at scientists, technologists and artists that will take place from September 13 to 25. This workshop will culminate with a public performance based on the challenges and research raised by the experts participating in the first workshop.

Finally, the results obtained during the workshop will be presented in a public session that will include exhibitions, interactive experiences and talks. All this aimed at promoting the values ​​of science, demonstrating the impact and attractiveness of researchers’ work to motivate young people to embark on research careers.



This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions under grant agreement No 101036143-EPSN 2021.



This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions under grant agreement No 101036143-EPSN 2021.

1st Workshop

From June 29 to July 1, the first action of the EPSN 2021 took place. It is a workshop in which a total of 27 researchers from the Instituto de Neurociencias of Universitat de Barcelona, ​​Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, ​​Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Instituto de Investigación Germans Trias i Pujol (IGTP) and Laboratoire Parole et Langage (CNRS, ILCB and Aix-Marseille University). 

During these three intense days, the researchers have moved away from their laboratories and have been subjected to the creative methodology of Épica. Through training, group cohesion exercises and necessary cooperation tasks, they have built challenges by hybridizing fields as diverse as cognitive neuroscience, health, linguistics, climate emergency, public participation or philosophy.

These scientific challenges will serve as inspiration and starting point for the 30 creatives – including artists, scientists and technologists – who will participate in the second action within the framework of the European Performing Science Night 2021: a co-creation workshop that will culminate in two actions . On the one hand, with a performance as a practical experiment in which the audience will be the protagonist, allowing researchers to extract data and parameters that will be useful for their studies. On the other hand, a public day that will include exhibitions, interactive experiences and talks. All this aimed at promoting the values ​​of science, demonstrating the impact and attractiveness of researchers’ work to motivate young people to embark on research careers.



The results of this activity have been the definition of the scientific challenges that will base the process of artistic-scientific co-creation – Workshop 2 -, as well as interviews and video capsules “Mito vs. Realidad” starring the participating researchers and aimed at the younger audience. Said material, in which some of the issues associated with science, research work or access to scientific careers are exposed, are available on our YouTube channel:


Video summarty of Workshop 1

Interview with Berta Martín, from the Instituto de Investigación Germans Trias i Pujol (IGTP). Berta is part of a team that investigates the behavior of cancer cells.

Interview with Clément François, from the Laboratoire Parole et Langage of the Aix-Marseille Université. Clem tells us that his challenge consists in studying the phenomenon of linguistic and neural convergence, how it is synchronized and its purpose with the project.

Interview with Estel·la Oncins, researcher from Transmedia Catalonia group of  Universidad Autònoma de Barcelona. The group, which investigates accessibility in the media from different approaches, takes into account parameters as interesting as trust.

Interview with Lluís Fuentemilla, professor of the faculty of psychology and researcher of the Instituto de Neurociencia of Universidad de Barcelona and of Instituto de Investigación Biomédica de Bellvitge. He tells us in this interview what science really is like and reminds us that being a scientist is not linked to a discipline and that science serves as the basis for solving problems.

Interview with José Domínguez, works in the Instituto de Investigación Germans Trias i Pujol (IGTP) and his research group is dedicated to innovation in respiratory infections and tuberculosis diagnosis. a At the European Performing Science Night 2021, José’s group proposes to make these diseases visible and reduce the stigma associated with them. In the interview, José offers us his vision of science and tells us a little more about his work and scientific aspirations.

Interview with Júlia García, scientific director of the IGTP and researcher at Irsicaixa. Her group is dedicated to researching HIV and other viruses and the immune system. Her challenge at European Performing Science Night 2021 focuses on understanding how viruses are transmitted in the population and how the immune system detects viruses and can control them. In this interview, Julia conveys the emotion of her work and reminds us that scientists are not wise.

– Interview with Sandrine Gallois, is an eco-anthropologist and works in the research group TURBA from the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya. Study the impact of policies and discourses on the climate emergency and how they really affect the fight against climate change.

2nd Workshop

From September 13 to 24, the second activity of the European Performing Science Night 2021 took place. It is the co-creation workshop based on challenges and studies proposed by multidisciplinary scientists and researchers in order to explore the limits of knowledge and discover new forms of creation. The research and experimentation topics proposed to work during these weeks are based on neurolinguistic convergence, the transmission of viruses and infectious diseases, the climate emergency or even the ability to manipulate stereotypes and the viewer’s trust, among others. All of them are the result of previous and intensive work carried out by the researchers during the month of July. The entity received about 200 applications. The selected participants have been a total of 28, between technologists, scientists and creatives.



The result of this second workshop has been a public presentation in the form of a scientific event, where the research groups deployed experiments in which the public participated, fostering the understanding of the impact of research on the daily lives of citizens and encouraging young people. to undertake research studies.


The presentation included a performaforum, a space for debate in which the researchers and participants could talk and share the results presented with the audience.




The event took place on September 24, 2021 physically and in digital format (via streaming) within the framework of the European Night of Researchers. This activity, an initiative that is part of the MSC Actions funded by the European Commission, takes place simultaneously in 420 European cities.



In addition to creative work, the results of the workshop will be useful to invited experts to make inquiries in their fields of work, giving them the opportunity to perfect simulation algorithms and making a contribution to social well-being.

Science Day

On September 25, the daytime activity of the European Performing Science Night (EPSN) took place at the l’Escorxador Cultural Center in Badalona. This included exhibitions, interactive experiences, and talks aimed at promoting the values ​​of science and demonstrating the impact and attractiveness of researchers’ work, to motivate young people to embark on research careers and degrees.

The activity had an interior and an exterior space. A total of 10 tents were set up in the outer space of the Cultural Center, through which it was possible to take a tour of the experiments and activities proposed by the research centers participating in the project. With the technologies used in their laboratories, they showed their way of working and some of the results of their research. The younger audience was able to interact directly with the researchers and their devices and resolve doubts and concerns about the content displayed.

Inside, a stage was set up that featured an uninterrupted program of debates and talks that were broadcast via streaming and are available on YouTube:

UB| Stereotypes: can they be changed?

UAB| Trust and the HELIOS project

UOC| Climate emergency: speeches and responses

IGTP| Cancer, cells with powers

AMU| Linguistic convergence

IGTP| Tuberculosis: a disease not yet eradicated

MSC Fellows| Conversational brain

IGTP – VIRIEVAC| Viruses in the air, blood and soul

Open Call Workshop 2 - (term expired)

The entity has received about 200 applications. At this time, the selection process for the participants has been completed.



From September 13 to 25 (both included)


From Monday to Saturday full time


On-site, headquarters of the Fundación Épica La Fura dels Baus Foundation (Badalona)



Registration period:

FINALIZED (from June 7 to July 15)


10 business days from the close of the call

Required documentation:

Participation in the workshop is restricted to individuals, and it is not necessary to prove prior knowledge. Applications had to be submitted using the active registration form during the registration period. The documentation that has been required has been the following: 

– Personal data: Name, surname, full address, telephone number, electronic mail, date of birth, nationality and a copy of DNI, NIE or PASSPORT

– Motivation letter (max. 2 pages)

– CV, being able to include photographs and web links to audiovisual material, personal web or other additional material (max. 2 pages)



From September 13 to 25


Fundación Épica La Fura dels Baus
52 Velázquez Street, Badalona (Barcelona)



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