October 26th, 2022 (4-7pm Boston)
Location: Real Colegio Complutense (26 Trowbridge St, Cambridge, MA)
The Observatorio of the Instituto Cervantes at Harvard, along with the Real Colegio Complutense (RCC) at Harvard and the International Academic Program of the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, have organized this session to reflect on the current role of the Spanish language in scientific research, dissemination, and publication. This event, which will be held at the RCC, will feature a panel of experts from various fields in science and technology, who will analyze questions such as how to approach the use of Spanish in their fields, how to expand its use without losing sight of the fields’ lingua franca––English, the challenges and opportunities this entails, and the role official institutions can play in promoting the use of Spanish in these contexts.
The session will have two parts: the first will be focused on scientific research and communication while the second, following a short break, will address scientific dissemination and transference. For the first part, we will have the participation of Mercedes Balcells (macromolecular chemist at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Principal Research Scientist in chemical engineering), Alfredo Morabia (doctor, epidemiologist and historian of public health at Queens College, City University of New York and at Columbia University, NY), and Luis Salgado (PhD in Telecommunications Engineering, full profesor at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, current Director for North America at the UPM and Delegate at the RCC). The second part will feature Alfonso García Soto (PhD in Physics and current Marie Skłodowska-Curie Global Fellow at Harvard University) and Matías Volonte (computer engineer and virtual reality expert at Northeastern University).