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The virologist and immunologist Margarita del Val will receive the Passion for Science Award at the 2nd LabMeCrazy! Science Film Festival
The Museum of Natural Sciences at the University of Navarra will recognize the career of this Spanish researcher, one of the key scientific voices during the pandemic
The Museum of Natural Sciences at the University of Navarra has awarded the Passion for Science Award at the international science film festival #LabMeCrazy! to Margarita del Val, virologist and researcher at the Severo Ochoa Center for Molecular Biology (CSIC-UAM) in Madrid. Margarita del Val is the second winner, after Francis Mojica, who received the prize at the 1st #LabMeCrazy! Science Film Festival.
“I identify completely with the phrase “passion for science.” I love to learn, understand, doubt, ask questions and share how exciting science is. And well, discovering something for oneself through science is a reward and driver that makes up for fallow periods,” said Margarita del Val, on the occasion of the award. Margarita del Val holds a PhD in Chemical Sciences from the Autonomous University of Madrid. After a five-year postdoctoral stay in Germany, she joined the Carlos III Health Institute in Madrid as a researcher, where she worked for 19 years. Since 2010, she has been a researcher at the Severo Ochoa Center of Molecular Biology in Madrid, and she is also a researcher at the Higher Council of Scientific Research (CSIC). Margarita del Val's work has focused on improving control of the body's immune system against different viral infections in order to contribute to the subsequent design of vaccines.
Over the last year, due to the pandemic, Del Val has emerged as a key scientist in Spain, explaining the coronavirus crisis and the positive contribution of science to this global challenge through various media appearances. “In the face of a global challenge, which has made our vulnerability as a species and as a society so clear, science has responded without hesitation, emphatically, with creativity, with global cooperation, with solutions. We have shown that, despite being so fragile, we are also powerful. It’s great to be able to play a part, as one, limited individual, but with all one’s creativity, intuition, critical spirit and independence, in this major project that works and produces results as an interconnected enterprise,” del Val comments.
Bienvenido Leon, director of the #LabMeCrazy! Science Film Festival, underscored Del Val’s thorough, painstaking and enthusiastic dedication to scientific research: “In addition to an outstanding scientific career, she has been extraordinary in raising public awareness. Her work will surely encourage many young people to follow in her footsteps.”
The 2nd #LabMeCrazy! Science Film Festival will be held online.
The final gala award show will be held on Thursday, February 4, hosted by the magician, Mago Numis, and broadcast online. In addition to the Passion for Science Award, prizes will be awarded to the best works in different categories: documentary or reportage; television program; video for websites or social networks; student productions; and work produced or co-produced by a university.
At the same time, the festival also has a parallel program of scientific activities open to the general public (in-person attendance to limited room capacity), to get to know the fauna, fossils and invasive species of Pamplona.
#LabMeCrazy! Science Film Festival is an international science film competition, promoted by the Museum of Natural Sciences at the University of Navarra, in conjunction with the Regional Government of Navarre, Pamplona City Council, Laboral Kutxa and the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT). The goal of the festival is to transfer science knowledge to society, and especially to younger generations.