CIENCIA Will Host Scientific Lectures in Spanish

Graduate Division

Would you like to hear a scientific talk given in another language?  CIENCIA, a new student organization on campus, will hold its first “Spanish Seminar” on October 1. 

Dr. Eva Nogales, PhD, a world-renowned Howard Hughes Medical Investigator and structural biologist from UC Berkeley, will be the inaugural speaker.

This monthly event will showcase Bay Area researchers and clinicians who will present their research in Spanish.

Carlos Rojo, a second-year graduate student in the Biomedical Sciences program, formed CIENCIA with the goal of providing an environment in which students from all schools could be immersed in high-level Spanish. 

In addition to providing an opportunity to learn and practice the language, it will also make students aware of opportunities to connect with faculty and research programs abroad.

By helping students build familiarity with technical, scientific vocabulary, it hopes to foster post-graduation collaborations with domestic and international colleagues, as well as improve relationships with patients.

Does one have to be fluent in Spanish to attend the seminars or participate in CIENCIA? 

According to Rojo, although the seminars will be conducted entirely in Spanish, “CIENCIA welcomes anyone who is interested in being in an environment of advanced Spanish and who is eager to learn.” 

To that end, CIENCIA will host additional monthly meetings focusing on developing and improving general Spanish-speaking skills, through such activities as a reading club focusing on Spanish-language books and journals. 

Thus, regardless of the language proficiency of its members, CIENCIA aims to provide the UCSF community with an opportunity to improve their Spanish skills and to be exposed to the technical language of scientific talks given by some of the world’s best researchers.

CIENCIA’s first Spanish Seminar will be held Tuesday, October 1, at noon, andwill provide lunch with RSVP.  To RSVP or for more information, please visit CIENCIA’s website at

Lecture Schedule

Dr. Eliseo Pérez-Stable, MD, Friday, November 15, 12:00-1:00 p.m. , N217, Parnassus.

Dr. Sergio Baranzini, Ph.D, Tuesday, January 7, 12:00-1:00 p.m.. , N217, Parnassus.