The PERSIST_EU project reopens the registration process for the cycle of university debates on science

ANA SERRA// Next 29 October, 5, 6 and 7th November will take place the debates on science organized by the ScienceFlows team within the framework of the PERSIST_EU project. The discussions, initially scheduled for the month of April which were cancelled due to the health emergency, will take place online through the Blackboard platform.

The goal of these debates, that will also take place in four other European countries (Portugal, Italy, Germany and Slovakia), is to find out how the training of university students influences their decision-making. To this end, four debates have been organized around four topics that generate certain social controversy: climate change, vaccines, alternative and complementary medicine and genetically modified organisms.

Students, after listening to four experts in each of the areas, will participate in the debates around the chosen topics and will be able to present their conclusions. In total, the PERSIST_EU project expects the participation of 500 students who are currently enrolled in any European university.

Participation requirements

To participate in the ScienceCamp organized by ScienceFlows it is necessary to be over 18 years old, study at any Spanish university and register in advance through this link. No prior knowledge is necessary. The registration period will remain open until October 25 has been extended until next 2nd November.

During the registration process, participants will be able to choose the topic of the debate in which they want to participate. After that, they will receive an email confirming their registration. In the days leading up to the discussions, they will need to fill out a short questionnaire and receive the link to the Blackboard platform through which the discussions will take place.

From among all the requests for participation received, a sample of candidates will be selected with the aim that the participants in the debates represent the diversity of studies at the Spanish university.

Although the debate is coordinated by the ScienceFlows research group of the University of Valencia, university students from any Spanish university can participate.

  • Debate on climate change: Thursday, October 29 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Debate on genetically modified organisms: Thursday, November 5 at 6:00 p.m.
  • Debate on alternative and complementary medicines: Friday, November 6 at 6:00 p.m.
  • Debate on Vaccines: Saturday, November 7. 11:30 am.


The PERSIST_EU project is a research project funded within the framework of the Erasmus + call of the European Union. The objective of the research is to quantify and measure the value of training and education for university students when making personal decisions related to science, technology, health and the environment.

Funded under Erasmus+ programme. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission