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Homage to Jorge Wagensberg

Jorge Wagensberg.

Jorge Wagensberg.

29/11/2018

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On Saturday, December 1, CosmoCaixa Barcelona will hold a session to pay homage to the UB lecturer Jorge Wagensberg. The activity, organized by the Catalan Association of Scientific Communication (ACCC), will remember all the sides of the lecturer andscientific communicator who died last March.

The activity will began with Jordi Portabella, director of the Scientific Dissemination Area of la Caixa Foundation and CosmoCaixa Barcelona; Domènec Espriu, vice-rector for Research at the University of Barcelona, and Raül Toran, president of ACCC. During the day will be a series of roundtables in the auditorium of CosmoCaixa Barcelona (Isaac Newton, 26). UB lecturers and colleagues of Wagensberg Juan Luis Gómez Estévez and Joan Àngel Padró will take part in one of them.

The lecturer and scientific communicator Jorge Wagensberg, born in Barcelona in 1948, studied Physics at the University of Barcelona, where he also got his doctoral studies. Wagensberg combined his teaching career with a great passion for scientific dissemination. From 1971 to 2016, he worked as lecturer at the Faculty of Physics of the UB. In 1991, he created the Science Museum of la Caixa Foundation, which he directed until 2005. He also led the renewal of the museum until it became the current CosmoCaixa, a model for scientific museums worldwide, with headquarters in Barcelona and Madrid. Moreover, Wagensberg was the author of several scientific studies edited in international expert publications, as well as a large list of scientific dissemination.

In 1999, the magazine La Universitat published his interview, where Wagensberg stated “I think there is no pedagogy as general theory to transmit any thing; what we have is the transmission of stimuli. A good lecturer provokes, stimulates”.

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