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.