Cajal Year will spread the work and legacy of the researcher throughout the territory

The Government of Aragon and the City Council of Huesca join forces to lhe celebration of the 170th anniversary of the birth of Santiago Ramón y Cajal with an extensive program of initiatives and culture that will be developed throughout this year and the following. With this programming, both institutions want to take advantage of Cajal Year to spread the researcher’s work and legacy from a closer perspective and throughout the territory.

The General Director of Culture of the Government of Aragon, Víctor Lucea, and the Councilor for Culture of the Huesca City Council, Ramón Lasaosa, presented this Thursday the Cajal Year programme, which is held until June 2025 and that the Ministry of Science and Innovation has declared an Event of Exceptional Public Interest. Likewise, both institutions participate in a working group that the Ministry of Science and Innovation has convened in relation to the preparations for the Cajal Year, proposing activities and programs that could be part of said event.

The Aragonese Executive and the Huesca town hall seek to go beyond the exhibitions on the work of the researcher -which are also included in the program- and intend delve into the different facets of Cajal through innovative proposals such as comics, audiovisuals, artistic and educational programs. In general terms, the Cajal Year includes informative activities, exhibitions, cycles of conferences, competitions and other actions.

Thus, the regional government will edit a comic about Cajal’s life and achievements, with the aim of bringing the figure closer to younger audiences. Also with this objective of attracting the researcher’s legacy to other segments of the population, the Government of Aragon will participate in an audiovisual on Ramón y Cajal, with the placement of various milestones in the territory. Likewise, an immersive project is proposed that will allow first-person travel to the brain discovered and researched by the scientist and a photography contest.

On the other hand, with the aim of highlighting the relationship between art and science, while promoting the artistic and innovative fabric of the territory, the Executive will launch an artistic program with biennial exhibition milestones. A call for artistic research is valued to help produce works of art that explore this line of work, and on the other hand the biennial would be held in which, under a thematic axis, it would host the works of the program and others from programs and artists. international.

The intellectual section of the researcher will be addressed through a cycle on neuroscience, in collaboration with the Student Residence. The General Directorate of Culture will collaborate with the Residencia de Estudiantes to spread the figure of Cajal as president who was of the Board for the Extension of Studies. Likewise, the Government of Aragon and the City Council of Huesca will continue with the cycle of conferences that were already held in Zaragoza and Huesca in 2021, under the collaboration agreement that both institutions signed with the CSIC to disseminate the legacy and figure of the researcher .

From the educational point of view, the Government of Aragon will develop teaching units to explain the different facets of Ramón y Cajal’s life as a photographer, writer, cartoonist, scientist, etc.adapted to the different educational levels, and a prize will be awarded for school research that will bear the name of the scientist.

On the other hand, within the program to promote reading in educational centers that the Government of Aragon has been promoting, coordinated by Ana Alcolea, the creative activity ‘Cajal and the art of his time’, where the very particular look of the scientist will be addressed to blur the barriers between disciplines.

Following this line of bring the figure of Ramón y Cajal closer to the school publicr, the City Council of Huesca plans to establish an educational museum, with the collaboration of other institutions and in the context of the proposals presented to the Ministry’s working group, with the idea of ​​deepening the training, dissemination of science and research on the human body.

In the exhibition field, the Huesca Consistory proposes the itinerancy through Aragon of samples in progress, linked to the Working Group with the Ministry, such as the one that houses the National Museum of Natural Sciences. In addition, the City Council will promote another exhibition that aims to unite Cajal’s drawings with new ways of accessing, representing and investigating the brain. Secondly, it will also divulge the researcher’s facet as a photographer with the exhibition ‘Cajal, photographer’. For its part, the Autonomous Government will bring the dedication of the Nobel Prize to science throughout his life to small municipalities of the Aragonese territory with the exhibition ‘Cajal, a life for science’.

Agreement with the CSIC

The Government of Aragon –through the Department of Education, Culture and Sports–, the Huesca City Council and the Higher Center for Scientific Research last year they already signed a general action protocol to promote the figure and importance of Santiago Ramón y Cajal, Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1906. This sum of wills from various institutions was proposed as a decisive step to make one of the most illustrious scholars and scientists known in our country so that efforts go in the same direction and bear fruit in a true disclosure of his life, work and thought.

Santiago Ramon y Cajal

Despite being born in the Navarran town of Petilla de Aragón (Petilla de Aragón, May 1, 1852 – Madrid, October 17, 1934), the researcher maintained a close relationship with the Autonomous Community of Aragon and is considered a universal Aragonese by descent, education, and character.

Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1906, Ramón y Cajal is considered the father of neuroscienceand his studies on the nervous system are universal.

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Cajal Year will spread the work and legacy of the researcher throughout the territory