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“We have given you, O Adam, no visage proper to yourself, nor endowment properly your own, in order that whatever place, whatever form, whatever gifts you may, with premeditation, select, these same you may have and possess through your own judgement and decision […] We have made you a creature neither of heaven nor of earth, neither mortal nor immortal, in order that you may, as the free and proud shaper of your own being, fashion yourself in the form you may prefer.”
Oration on the Dignity of Man – Giovanni Pico della Mirandola


“Ànima. Special St Georges’s Day 2012”

The cultural program of Catalan Television “Ànima” makes a special broadcast live on St. George’s Day 2012. One of the guests is the biologist and reporter Pere Renom to talk about dragons. The most famous Gothic altarpiece of the catalan painter Bernat Martorell is a Saint George now part of the permanent collection at The Art Institute of Chicago. Further than representing the princess, knight and dragon, Martorell also joined three small geckos at the feet of the princess. Probably the painter did a pictorial and words play that only works in the Catalan language between “drac” (dragon) and “dragó” (gecko). This is not only a terminological similarity but zoological. In most depictions of St George the dragon shows many reptilian traits, and this is especially evident when viewed in detail a common iguana. While indeed the living animal more likely to resemble a legendary dragon is a fish related to seahorses originating in Australia, the seadragon.

“Sortida Nord” (Why animals have extremities on even number?)

“Sortida Nord” is the entertainment magazine of TV Badalona. Every Tuesday and Thursday, the program presents a variety of content, primarily focused on cultural offerings and the latest news of the city. The program also has a section in which different experts from the city respond to questions from the audience. Pere Renom answers the question: “Why animals have extremities on even number?” Scientifically formulated would be: “Why do most animals have bilateral symmetry?” The explanation is that the bilateral symmetry is favorable in animals that move in a preferred direction.

“An ascension to Mont Blanc with a scientific view” (Talk)

Pere Renom biologist and reporter in the program Quèquicom, gives a cross-sectional view of the mountains from personal experience on a climb to the highest peak in Western Europe, Mont Blanc, in 4810 m. Explains aspects of glacial geology, climate, weather, flora and fauna, chemistry and human physiology at high altitude. This talk is organized in the framework of CESIRE talks, an initiative of the Department of Education through its Centers for Innovation and Educational Research (CESIRE) to approach science in schools.

“Banda ampla. Scientists”, june 2011 (Debate)

The program of TV3 “Banda Ampla” dedicates this edition to bring the public a world traditionally isolated and not always easy to understand: the scientists. In what state is the scientific research in Catalonia? Scientists can work here or have to go abroad? Is it enough the investing in research and development? The funding should be public or private? The program also talks about whether or not it is a good science communication, on the impact of the findings in everyday life and on the moral and ethical questions generated by some advances. To discuss this, in the studio of “Banda Ampla” have been invited researchers from different countries and disciplines such as biomedicine, genetics or mathematics, scholars and science communicators. Among them are Manel Esteller, a specialist in cancer biology of the Bellvitge Biomedical Research Institute, and the director and the reporters of the “Quèquicom”, Jaume Vilalta, Samantha Vall and Pere Renom. Like every week, participate in public debate people from two towns in Catalonia, in this case Sant Vicenç de Castellet i Celrà.

“Cell therapy, the medicine of the future” (Report)

The cell therapy is one of the therapies of the future. The biologist and reporter Pere Renom aims to learn more about this therapy. Therefore, he travelled to different Spanish laboratories and asked distinguished researchers in cell therapy, to solve his doubts on the subject. In this tour the audience will discover the consolidated cellular therapies as well as new strategies based on different types of stem cells. The report also highlights the Spanish legislation related to cell therapy. Written and directed by Josep Maria Canals | Coordination: Red Cell Therapy, ISCII | Supported by: Vice President for Research at the University of Barcelona and the Vice President for Teaching and European Convergence of the University of Barcelona | Production Service Broadcasting University of Barcelona | Duration: 23 minutes.

“Campaign against Asian tiger mosquito” (Spot)

Spot of the campaign for the prevention of Asian tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus) carried out by the Mosquito Control Service. Directed by Vicenç Asensio, has had the participation of Pere Renom, reporter and biologist, giving basic advice to the public to prevent the spread the mosquito. The campaign is broadcast on local TV Girona, the websites of municipalities in the province cinemas and TV3.

“MEDCORE a view from the Barcelona team experince”

The MEDCORE project is a comparative and integrated ecological study of  Mediterranean coastal zones for sustainable management. Is associated with INCO-MED Programme of the EU. Between 2002 and 2005 several research teams from Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Malta, Tunisia, Morocco and Egypt studied 5 coastal areas located in the northern and southern Mediterranean. This video is a summary of the project from the perspective of the team at the University of Barcelona.