The public programme also includes the Naukas Passion section, organised in collaboration with the online popular science communication platform Naukas, science, scepticism and humour, and coordinated by the Chair in Scientific Culture of the University of the Basque Country.

On a couple of days, just after the plenary talks, some of Naukas' best collaborators will take the stage of the Victoria Eugenia Theatre to offer the public their own somewhat special view on different scientific sujects. The format follows that of succesful previous science communication events organised by the platform: disseminating science in ten-minute short talks in lay words, and in a dynamic, amusing and original way.

Moreover, the cherry on the cake of the Naukas Passion section comes on the closing day of the festival, on Saturday, October 1st at 17h30, when we will have a very special Naukas session by neurobiologist and science popularizer Xurxo MARIÑO and actor Vicente MOHEDANO, who will perform a 'Discurshow', a kind of theatralised talk. 

Entrance to all public sessions, including Naukas Passion, is free until capacity is complete, but prior registration is recommended.

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All Naukas Passion sessions will be streamed live over this website. The talks will be in Spanish, and simultaneous interpretation service into English and Basque will be available.

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  Wednesday, 28 SEP
Afternoon
19:30 - 20:30 Naukas Passion imagen ponente

Victoria Eugenia Theatre, San Sebastian

19:30

Clara GRIMA Universidad de Sevilla, Spain

19:40

Dolores BUENO Institut de Ciència de Materials de Barcelona (ICMAB-CSIC), Spain

19:50

Beatriz SEVILLA MONTERO Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain

20:00

José Ramón ALONSO Universidad de Salamanca, Spain

20:10

Daniel TORREGROSA LÓPEZ Asociación de Divulgación Científica de la Región de Murcia, Spain

20:20

Aitor SÁNCHEZ GARCÍA Universidad de Granada, Spain



  Friday, 30 SEP
Afternoon
19:30 - 20:30 Naukas Passion imagen ponente

Victoria Eugenia Theatre, San Sebastian

19:30

César TOMÉ Euskampus Fundazioa, Basque Country

19:40

Natalia RUIZ ZELMANOVITCH Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid (CSIC), Spain

19:50

Almudena MARTÍN CASTRO Innaxis Research Institute and Foundation, Madrid, Spain

20:00

José Antonio PÉREZ LEDO TV script writer and director, Spain

20:10

Helena MATUTE Universidad de Deusto, Bilbao, Basque Country

20:20

Pablo RODRIGUEZ Wageningen University, the Netherlands



  Saturday, 1 OCT
Afternoon
17:30 - 18:30 Special Naukas Passion - Discurshow imagen ponente

Victoria Eugenia Theatre, San Sebastian

 

Xurxo MARIÑO Universidade da Coruña, Spain

 

Vicente MOHEDANO Actor, Spain

Language! We are (almost) born with it; we use it every day, both to organise our thoughts and convey those thoughts to others; it is the ability that is most exclusive to the human race - no other species uses language; and it is a vital tool for social organisation, control and development. Yet despite all this, its emergence during the evolutionary process continues to be one of the greatest mysteries of the scientific world. No one knows for sure when or how language first evolved, but there are many, many theories. During this lecture, we will scrape the surface of a few of them: ideas that suggest that language arose to enable humans to think about things not directly in front of them, to think about things that don't actually exist, or to progress from eating bone marrow to developing a much healthier, balanced diet.