Science, please!

Hello there! Today I would like to talk to you about a different way to enjoy Granada. When I tell my foreign friends about Granada, they quickly associate the name with the Alhambra as that is the only well known part of the city. But, what if I told you that there is a scientific part of Granada that you have never heard about.

Even though the historical part is one of the main attractions of this city, there are some important places of science here, too. I would like to help you discover a little bit more about them. Let’s get started!

    As you may be aware, Granada is very close to one of the highest mountain ranges in Spain. In fact, it contains the highest point of continental Spain, Mulhacen (3478 metres) and a very famous ski resort.
    The observatory is located in the surroundings of the ski resort. It is operated by the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia (Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía: IAA-CSIC).
OSN Building
    Every year during the summer, the IAA-CSIC and the IRAM (Institut de Radioastronomie Millimétrique) offers the possibility to visit the OSN and the 30m telescope located on Pico Veleta (2850 m).
    The visits are limited to four every summer (this year on July 5 and 26, August 2 and 23) and you have to make a prior reservation. The number of visitors for session is limited to 40, so you have to be quick!
    This is one of the headquarters of the Andalusian Center for Environmental Research (CEAMA is its Spanish acronym) and it is part of the structure of research, developed by the Andalusian Plan of research centres.
    Since July, 2011, it has been integrated inside the Andalusian Institute for Earth System Research (institute coordinated by the University of Granada).
CEAMA Building
    The Parque de las Ciencias (Science Park) is a science centre and museum very close to Granada’s city centre. It was opened in 1995 and it is the most visited museum in Andalusia.
    It is a very dynamic museum, that encourages the public to learn have a hands on experience in most of the exhibitions. There are some temporary exhibitions that change every year. Right now there is one called “Mummies, witnesses of the past” and in my opinion one of the best that I have seen.
    There is also a very interesting offer if you like astronomy. Three days of each month, the Parque de las Ciencias opens  their planetarium and observatory at night to allow the visitors to observe the shiniest stars in the sky.
    Twice a year, it holds open days, one in February 28 (Andalusia Day) and another one in the beginning of May that conmemorates the museum’s birthday.
    That said, this is the most personal centre from the three that I have written about. Once a week I work there in the customer service department. It is a very enjoyable job, since I get to know what the museum has to offer and can work to help with school groups with different ages or families that come to visit.
My workmates, Mr Darwin and I during the last open day (May 9)

But the Parque de las Ciencias is not only work for me. In the beginning of the winter semester as part of my Buddy programme’s experience, I took some Erasmus students there to visit the place. The results were not deceiving:

Here ends my small compilation of science in Granada. I hope you guys have a chance to visit all of these great places. Until the next post!



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