The Instituto de Nanociencia y Materiales de Aragón (INMA), together with the Instituto de Síntesis Química y Catálisis Homogénea (ISQCH), the Asociación Benasque Conciencia and the Centro de Ciencias Pedro Pascual, organise the annual Semana de la Ciencia Valle de Benasque, which takes place in November at the Science Center of Benasque Pedro Pascual. This project seeks to bring science to rural areas, which find it more difficult to access outreach activities.
This outreach initiative originated in 1991 in France, when Hubert Curien, French Minister of Research, decided to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Ministry by opening its gardens to the public in order to bring science and researchers closer to the public. Since 1993, the European Science Week has been held every year and since 2001 it has been organized in Spain on a national basis.
During one week the aim is to bring science to the Benasque Valley (Huesca) with different activities aimed at all audiences such as outreach talks by renowned researchers, practical activities aimed at students of the Colegio Rural Agrupado Alta Ribagorza as experiments on chemistry and physics, Hi Score Science contests that aims to bring science to the world of the youngest based on video games and new technologies, gymkhanas, “Escape Room” games, film screenings, monologues and theater among others.