I Meeting on Science, Magic and Education (Girona, 24, 25 and 26 April 2015)
The strong relationship between mathematical and scientific magicians and the educational world needs to improve its creative activity and formal structure. The goal of this meeting is to discuss deeply how to best use magic and illusionism to improve science awareness and science culture among citizens. It will gather researchers, university and secondary/primary teachers, and amateur and professional magicians having shows based on science principles – and everyone interested in providing value to discussions.
This is a singular event that also tries to fight pseudoscience and stimulate critical thinking and rational discussion.
The meeting will have a typical academic format, with three half-day sessions and an open Magic Gala open to the public.
The organizers belong to an active research group considering science communication and dissemination as a very valuable asset. From chemical magic to mathematical magic, its members try to improve science capacities of young people and adults, and promote social values linked to reason, criticism and science culture.
Coordination with Science Fair “Ciència entre tots”
On Saturday April 25th the Fair Ciència entre tots will take place. The purpose of both events is to improve Science awareness, so their schedules are coordinated. Magicians and educators will be able to participate in both events. Registration in this Science Fair is open until February 28th.
Team: Cátedra de Cultura Científica y Comunicació Digital, Universitat de Girona, in collaboration with Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
Scientific Commitee: President, Fernando Blasco (UPM). Mago Xuxo, Jordi Camí, Jorge Luengo
Local Organizing Commitee: Coordinator, Miquel Duran (UdG)
Friday 24 April 2015
16:45-18:00 Session for Magicians and Educators
18:00 Opening, Science Fair “Fira Ciència entre Tots” (Auditorium Generalitat)
18.30 Talk com TV Weather anchorman and science communcator Tomàs Molina (Auditorium Generalitat)
20:00-23:00 Night session for magicians and educators (dinner included)
Saturday 25 Abril 2015
8:30 Magic and Science (exclusive for accredited magicians)
12:00 Participation and visit to Science Faire “Fira Ciència entre Tots”
14:00 Magic lunch
16:30 Scientific, Magic itinerary through the Girona old city. Departure: CaixaFòrum; Arrival: EspaiCaixa.
19:00 Scientific-Magic Gala open to everyone, EspaiCaixa
21:00 Magical Dinner
Sunday 26 Abril 2015
9:00-14:00 Session for magicians and educators (lunch included)
14:00-16:00 Magical lunch
16:00 Optional session on magic and education in general
The friday afternoon and sunday morning sessions will deal with Magic as an educational element in compulsory and postcompulsory nonuniversity levels, and are targeted to both magicians and educators.
Saturday morning session is especially targeted to magicians, dealing with magic, illusionism and science: (a) use of science elements in magic performance, and (b) use of magic as a pedagogical element and/or to promote science culture.
Besides plain attendance, oral communication proposals will also be accepted.
Transportation and Hotels: transportation is fairly easy by means of low-cost flights to the Girona-Costa Brava airport and also to the Barcelona airport. Moreover, Girona is reached by High-Speed trains from Madrid, Barcelona, Paris, Toulouse, Lyon and Marseille.
Registration: deadline April 13th, 2015
50 Euro. This will be waived (returned) if a communication is accepted.
Communication proposals: deadline April 7th, 2015
Oral communication will fall within two categories:
- Magic as a teaching tool
- New illusionism and conjuring techniques based on mathematical and scientific principles
Instructions for registration and communication proposals:
FECyT (Project FTP-14-9228), Social Council UdG, La Caixa Foundation
With the valuable collaboration of Girona’s local Magicians Association, Evualà, and the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid.
ecme at magcimooc dot net