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The exhibition "Maria Skolodowska-Curie, una polaca en París" will be displayed at Aifos exhibition hall

Alicante 19 January 2017

Translated by María Navarro Martínez

From 1 February to 9 March Aifos exhibition hall at the University of Alicante will host the exhibition "Maria Sklodowska-Curie, una polaca en París" (Maria Sklodowska-Curie a Pole in Paris), a display that follows the life and works of the distinguished Polish-French scientist Maria Sklodowska-Curie (1867-1934), a universal example of tenacity and science devotion.

Amparo Navarro Faure, Vice President for Research and Knowledge Transfer; María José Rodríguez Jaume, Vice President for Corporate Social Responsibility, Inclusion and Gender Equality; and Carles Cortés Orts, Vice President for Culture, Sports and Languages, will attend the inauguration on Wednesday 1 February at 1 p.m.

The exhibition, prelude of the International Women's Day celebrations (on 8 March) has been organised by curators Belén Yuste and Sonnia L. Rivas-Caballero and promoted by Rocaviva Eventos in collaboration with the French and Polish embassies.

Maria Sklodowska-Curie was a pioneer in reaching many goals. She completed her PhD in Physics at the Sorbonne University and held a university professorship. In 1903 she was awarded with the Nobel Prize in Physics, and in 1911, she won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, thus becoming the first woman to win the Nobel Prize, and the first person to receive it twice. She was admitted to the French Academy of Sciences and held honorary degrees in different universities. She also accomplished many other achievements which culminated on 20 April 1995, when her remains were solemnly buried in the Panthéon of France, which made her the first woman and the first foreigner to receive such an honour.

Her most significant contribution to science was the discovery of two new chemical elements -polonium and radium- and the development of radioactivity; but this was just the tip of the iceberg for an impressive person with great humanity, who put the full meaning of the word service at the centre of her life. She wrote:

"You cannot hope to build a better world without improving the individuals. To that end, each of us must work for our own improvement and, at the same time, share a general responsibility for all humanity, our particular duty being to aid those to whom we think can be most useful".

The exhibition comprises twenty panels divided in five sections. The first three sections depict her scientific career. The fourth highlights her relation with Spain through the three times she travelled to our country. And the fifth is focused on her children and grandchildren, who were also prominent scientific figures.

-Poland: 1867-1895. Early years.
-Paris: Sorbonne student, life and works with Pierre Curie.
-World citizen: Last years as a Science ambassador.
-Journeys to Spain: 1919, 1931 and 1933.
-Descendants: The Curie dynasty.

Aifos exhibition hall (building 3 of the Faculty of Arts, no. 18 on the campus map). Schedule: Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Monday to Thursday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. (Tel. 965 90 98 52)


Lecture concerning the Marie Curie exhibition. International Women's Day

On Wednesday 8 March at 11 a.m., on the occasion of the exhibition and the celebration of International Women's Day, a lecture will be given by curators Belén Yuste and Sonnia L. Rivas-Caballero at the Germà Bernàcer Building Assembly Hall. The name of the lecture is the same as the exhibition's: "Maria Sklodowska-Curie, una polaca en París". The lecture will include a reading of Marie Curie's writings.

Belén Yuste is Pathological Anatomy technician at "Hospital 12 de Octubre" in Madrid. She has been working as a teacher at "Hospital Universitario Gregorio Marañón" in Madrid for eight years. She has carried out a large number of research and histological techniques modifications that have been presented in National and International Conferences and published in scientific journals. "Nuevo Laboratorio" journal gave her the Award for Best Publication for her work in Modificación de la técnica de Verhoeff para demostración de fibras elásticas (Verhoeff's stain technique to demonstrate elastic fibres modification).

Sonnia L. Rivas-Caballero is a pianist, a mezzo-soprano, a musicologist and a writer. She studied a master's degree in Marketing, Communication and Event Organisation. Nowadays she works as a pedagogical coordinator in the Getafe Municipal Music School.

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Organisers: Office of the Vice President for Research and Knowledge Transfer,  Office of the Vice President for Corporate Social Responsibility, Inclusion and Gender Equality, and Office of the Vice President for Culture, Sports and Languages of the University of Alicante.



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