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Come to enjoy the Researchers’ Night 2015 with us!

The night of September 25th the Biomaterials and Stem Cell-Based Therapeutics Group will also participate in the Researchers’ night with activities about stem cells and biomaterials. The comic book “Uma Aventura Estaminal” will be distribute to the public. You can find the book, both in a Portuguese and in English online flipbook format here. For more information about the activities will be held in Coimbra visit the link.



The group has visited Candal and Talasnal small villages at Serra da Lousã for team building.
A special acknowledge to Patricia and Catarina for the organization of the event.


Don’t miss the European Researchers’ Night on Friday, 26 September 2014!

The European Researchers’ Night aims to bring researchers closer to the general public and to increase awareness of research and innovation activities, with a view to supporting the public recognition of researchers, creating an understanding of the impact of researchers’ work on citizen’s daily life, and encouraging young people to embark on scientific careers.

For more information about the activities will be held in Coimbra visit the link.



E agora Frankenstein? (And now Frankenstein?)

Since a passionate researcher also needs to be creative, creativity is sometimes expressed in craziness. This summer craziness was expressed in theatre. By this my colleague Cristiana, me and some other scientists, challenged ourselves with theatre. Who said a scientists can´t be a good actor?

The theme of the night of investigators was “Future”. After discussions, we chose to translate the 200 year old story Frankenstein into a contemporary scientific play. We translated it from English to Portuguese and back from Portuguese to English for me. We also translated Frankenstein´s 200 year old problems to the problems we are facing today.

Our Frankenstein is a real womanizer. Together with his friend Claire, he builds up the first creature from body parts he “found” on the cemetery. Besides this relationship he proposed Elizabeth (Cristiana), his cousin, to marry him and to spend their life together. Whatever happened with Elizabeth, Frankenstein is going for the future. With Tuleva (me), his Finnish colleague (which is carrying also Frankie´s baby) he is using stem cell technologies to give the first creature a girlfriend (Noiva). At the end the Creature showed up to get his Noiva, not expecting to meet Claire in the lab which defended the Noiva. The Creature got very furious and killed Claire and the entering Security men. As revenge Frankenstein killed the Noiva. Tuleva completely shocked that he destroyed her work jumped, trying to rescue her cells, but the monstrous Creature was faster, hit her on the head and she fainted. After this spectacular showdown, the Creature disappeared and everything was destroyed.


We believe our theatre was a big success. Regarding that our songs, the thunders and all of sudden the awaking creature made a kid running away in tears. Not only serving shocking features, but also advancements in technology and funding. Frankenstein developed in our play from a scientist steeling body parts from the cemetery to a passionate stem cell engineer, supported by European funds.

I want to thank all the people taking part in the theatre, Mario for guiding us and to put the jigsaw together and the Science Museum in Coimbra giving the environment for this event. To play theatre in Portuguese was a great experience for me.

And tell me Frankenstein, o que é agora?

(Joséphine Blersch aka. Tuleva)