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One of the star activities of the Passion for Knowledge festival is the top@DIPC – Zientziarekin solasean!, an event that offers hundreds of secondary school students the opportunity to meet and talk to Nobel laureates and front line scientists.

The main aim of the encounters is to awaken young people’s curiosity in relation to science and to inspire them to pursue a career in this field. To this end, students study the life and work of the scientists they will meet beforehand in class. During the event, all participating schools have the opportunity to ask questions thanks to an entertaining draw system.

The 13th Encounters will take place in Donostia-San Sebastián (Victoria Eugenia Theatre) and Bilbao (Bizkaia Aretoa – UPV/EHU) during the festival week, in the morning. The meetings offer students the chance to chat with world-class scientists in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere, and to ask them questions.

Each encounter will feature two or three internationally renowned researchers from different fields, specially selected from the P4K 2023 guest speakers, alongside Pedro Miguel Etxenike who will act as host and chair. Guest scientists will talk about their passion for science and research and will answer the questions asked by students, sharing details about their lives and experiences throughout the course of their professional careers.

All the information of past editions of the encounters at:


  •  -  3 October, Bizkaia Aretoa (Bilbao), 9:00-12:30
  •  -  6 October, Victoria Eugenia Theatre (Donostia-San Sebastián), 9:00-12:30

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Award for the best question

The most interesting question will be awarded a prize courtesy of the companies Telefónica and EDP naturgas energia, two DIPC sponsors which will participate in the Bilbao and San Sebastián encounters, respectively. The prize seeks to arouse young people's curiosity in science, and to enrich the event itself. The winners will be announced live during the encounters.