Physics takes to the streets to inspire scientific vocations

Physics takes to the streets to inspire scientific vocations

• The #YoFisicaEnLaCalle initiative by the Institute for Theoretical Physics UAM-CSIC invites young people to interview passersby on video about physics concepts, fostering informal conversations that engage the community in scientific outreach.

• The videos will be compiled into a single audiovisual content to be shared on the IFT's YouTube and TikTok channels, aiming to reach a broad digital audience and promote engagement in science.

The Institute for Theoretical Physics (IFT UAM-CSIC) takes science to the streets with its new proposal for the International Day of Women and Girls in Science: #YoFisicaEnLaCalle. The video contest seeks to celebrate the work of female scientists in the field of physics while involving society in the exploration and dissemination of scientific knowledge.

This year, the IFT ventures to bring physics to the community with #YoFisicaEnLaCalle, challenging young people to discuss physics issues in their surroundings.

Since its inception in 2020 with #YoFisica, the initiative has evolved through various forms of expression, including #YouTubersPorUnDia, #YoFisicaEnComic, and the most recent addition in February 2023 with #YoFisicaEnTikTok. With nearly a thousand contributions in the form of videos and drawings, this initiative has engaged thousands of people, becoming a benchmark in scientific outreach.


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The challenge: becoming an interviewer on physics-related topics

This edition invites students from schools and institutes to go to schoolyards, squares, and streets in their neighborhoods to interview passersby about physics. By recording these interactions on video, the aim is to create a knowledge exchange and highlight the role of women in science.

Participants can design their own questions about physics and female scientists or obtain them from the information provided on the document Instrucciones del reto #YoFisicaEnLaCalle   

The resulting videos, after obtaining the required consents, will be combined into a single audiovisual content. This will be published on the IFT's YouTube channel, with over 700,000 followers, as well as on the TikTok channel and a special gallery on the Institute's website. The publication date is scheduled for February 11, 2024, in commemoration of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science.

To participate in #YoFisicaEnLaCalle, please send the videos before January 21 to the email address: All information and guidelines for creating the videos are available on the initiative's official website.

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