Committed to the environment, she decided to study Environmental Sciences at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona to learn, analyze and solve environmental problems from a holístic approach, including natural and social sciences. To continue learning and working in the conservation of the environment that surrounds us, she did the Master in Management and Restoration of Natural Environment at the Universitat de Barcelona. But convinced that education is the way to form an active society with values and critical thinking, she has always worked in this field and has been part of a scout group. She believes that the best way to learn is to experiment and to foster curiosity, so along with the desire to convey a lifestyle more consistent and respectful with the environment, she decided to do an European Voluntary Service in an educational and ecological farm in the Netherlands. Now she returns with a new incentive: be part of La Mandarina de Newton team to further promote among children the interest in the world around us through science.
She currently holds a BA in Biology, although she prefers to describe herself as “a citizen of the world passionate about Nature”. She is specially involved in processes of social transformation. After studying the Bachelor of Biology at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) she spent many years in non-formal education projects with children and youth. This experience led her to studies of Social Education. She is currently studying it a master on that topic at the Open University of Catalunya (UOC). She has been involved in all kind of volunteer projects: from scouts groups, to projects of reintroduction of threatened species, and projects dealing with children and families at risk of exclusion. She has always been engaged in these different collective projects with the idea of refining methods for engaging people into paths of individual and collective transformation through close connection with scientific topics and methods.
Sofia Menezes-Cabral holds a BA in Biochemistry from Universidade do Porto, Portugal, and a Ph.D. in Biology from Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal (a collaboration between PDBEB-CNC, Coimbra, Portugal and IBMB-CSIC, Barcelona, Spain). After more than 6 years as a researcher, Sofia decided it was time for a change in her career path and she enrolled in the Master in Scientific, Medical and Environmental Communication at the Universidat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona. She thought these would be the way to go and the perfect opportunity to merge her scientific knowledge and her creative side. She aims to help shorten the gap between Science and Society by developing and organizing innovative and engaging projects.
Curious and passionate about everything involving science and technology. Since his childhood he loves to investigate how things work. But he didn’t discover his vocation to explain all the science that he has had the fortune to learn, until he finished the degree in Physics at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and a couple of Mathematics’ courses. He then decided to study the Master in Scientific, Medical and Environmental Communication at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra and the Master in Teaching in Secondary Schools at the University of Barcelona. Since then, he has tried to be involved in projects aiming to bring science and knowledge to the people. And particularly with children and socially disadvantaged families. Until now he has been fortunate to work in a wide range of organizations such as schools, universities, research’s institutions, museums, scientific forums and public and private companies. And since the beginning of this year, he has the opportunity to do it at La Mandarina de Newton.
Ramon Sangüesa is Associated Professor at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC, Software Department), where he acted as Associate Dean for Innovation in its School of Informatics. He is a visiting researcher at Columbia University (New York), Center for Organizational Innovation.
He is is Senior Fellow of the Slab, Strategic Innovation Lab, the Ontario College of Art and Design (Toronto, Canada). Also at the Parsons School of Design where he is currently part of a project on design collaborations funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation. He holds a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from the Technical University of Catalonia (1997) and a postgraduate degree in Science Communication (Universitat Pompeu Fabra. Also in 1997). He founded Citlab, a civic innovation center, in 2007 where he developed urban innovation projects (UrbanLabs 2008 and 2009) and organizational innovation projects such as Breakout in collaboration with the Institute for the Future. He was Citilab’s director of innovation until September 2010 when he decided to explore areas of innovation and research in the United States. He has participated in several national and European research projects in both technology research, innovation and scientific communication. He collaborates with the CoCreating Cultures project area within La Mandarina de Newton where he participated in projects such as From Contemplation to Participation and Beyond (2009-2010), Common Grounds (2011), Science of the City (2011-2014), Kukuxumusu Relocated (2011-2012) and Knowledge Federation (2010-present). His current interests include the coevolution of rules, culture and technology in situations of innovation and the design of collaborative processes as well as metadesign for participation. He has several publications in the field of technology, computing and innovation.