Great excitement for a project makes it difficult to keep it a secret. The project for the creation of a “Chemical Experience Center” in Tarragona is a case in point.
There has been talk about using the former Banco de España building on la Rambla de Tarragona as the site for a museum devoted to the ancient science of chemistry. The mayor of Tarragona, Josep Fèlix Ballesteros, made the official announcement on February 4th before signing the collaboration agreement with partners supporting this project. ICIQ is among them.
“I feel like having a football team with the best forward players. This initiative is aligned to Tarragona’s strategic plan. Industrial tourism is something that here in Tarragona, the most important chemical pole of Southern Europe, we need to encourage. The “Chemical Experience Center” fits like a glove,” said Mr. Ballesteros.
ICIQ will participate in this project by offering its expertise on chemistry outreach. We are committed to lead the outreach activities programme of this challenging new science center. Being part of this project and reaching out to Tarragona right from the city center, will facilitate our educational task towards the general public.
“This project has been put together with a tied internal logic and that’s why ICIQ wants to be part of it. ICIQ’s mission is based on three aspects: Generation of knowledge of excellence; transfer of this knowledge to industry and that of involving society in our task by raising public awareness of chemical research as a key factor of progress,” said professor Miquel A. Pericàs, ICIQ director.
Apart from ICIQ, the other partners supporting the “Chemical Experience Center” project are the mNACTEC (Museu de la Ciència i la Tècnica de Catalunya), the AEQT (Associació Empresarial Química de Tarragona), and the URV (Universitat Rovira i Virgili).
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