Empar Vengut/ Next April 4, the PERSIST_EU science debate will take place at the University of Valencia with the aim of knowing what university students think about four topics that currently generate social controversy: vaccines, climate change, complementary and alternative medicine and genetically modified organisms. This debate is part of the cycle of European debates that will take place in the upcoming months in Italy, Portugal, Germany, Spain and Slovakia. In total, 500 students will contribute to this research whose objective is to know how the training of university students influences their decision making.
For the debate that will take place at the Faculty of Philology, Communication and Translation, the ScienceFlows team, coordinator of the PERSIST_EU project, will recruit 140 university students from all branches of knowledge. The day will begin at 9 am and end at 1 pm. Throughout the morning, participants will have the opportunity to hear the opinion of four experts in each of the proposed areas. After that, participants will discuss and share their conclusions.
No prior knowledge on the topics is required. We want to know your opinions, doubts and experiences. Therefore, all volunteers are welcome. The only requirements are to live in Spain, speak Spanish fluently, be over 18 and complete this questionnaire.
The registration period will remain open until February 29, 2020. During the first half of March the ScienceFlows team will contact the students to confirm if they have been selected and send all the necessary information to participate in the Valencian edition of the European debate.
140 students from all branches of knowledge will be selected since no previous knowledge on the topics is required. Registration will be open until February 29.
The PERSIST_EU Project is a research project funded under the Erasmus+ call of the European Union. The objective of the research is to quantify and measure the value of training and education of university students when making personal decisions related to science, technology, health and the environment.
Thus, in parallel to the debates, the team has designed a digital platform in which students will register their opinions before and after participating in the debate. Thus, with the information collected during the sessions and the information that the students will record in the evaluation tool designed in the project, the research team aims to shed light on how education influences the opinions of university students.
The debate cycle of Persist_EU, which will be held in 5 European countries, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Germany and Slovakia, will validate this tool and conduct studies on the changes in perceptions in our student community.