Science Dissemination

Long Night of the Sciences Leipzig - 23.06.2023

On 23 June, I participated in the Long Night of the Sciences Leipzig together with scientists from the TROPOS institute (Prof. Mira Pöhlker and Jan-David Förster). 

We have organised an event where children and adults who come along could learn first-hand how scientists study the microorganisms that are present in the air. 

The activity took place in the Botanical Garden of the University of Leipzig. 

We were also able to enjoy the activities prepared by many more scientists from the University of Leipzig, and even a brass band playing in the middle of the "jungle" of the Botanical Garden.. 

It was a very enjoyable night, with lots of science, learning and fun!!

Several photos from the event Long Night of Science developed on 23.06.2023

Radio Interview

International Day of Women and Girls in Science

As you will know, the 11 February is the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. It’s a day to show the young girls that there are women working as scientists. And because it’s a reality, if they’re interested, they can also join the scientific world!

But there is still a lot of lack of information and because of that, several activities are taking place over the world to spread the word. 

In my case, I was interviewed by the radio of the Spanish school "Daniel Vázquez Díaz" of Madrid and I could explained my research and my experience as a women scientist. 

I would like to thank the school and also Elena for thinking of me to contribute to the episode called "Científicas".

Here, you can find the link to the INTERVIEW, I hope you enjoy it! 

(My section starts at min. 7 😉. It’s only in Spanish, but I am sure you will understand a lot or even everything).

Radio channel of the "Daniel Vázquez Díaz" school of Madrid (March 2023).


Barcelona Science Week

Many people have asked me how I can study the air we breathe. How I manage to analyse the biological particles in the air: pollen grains, bacteria, viruses...

I have even been asked if I use a butterfly catcher to collect them and transport them to the laboratory where I study them. If it were you, how would you do it? How would you catch a bacterium that grew for example in New Zealand but has arrived in Spain? Or how would you study the pollen of a tree that is close to your house and causes you so many allergies?

In this talk, you will learn about the different processes and methods we scientists use to study what is in the air. And you will learn that DNA is the clue that we follow, like real detectives, in the laboratory to study it.

If you are curious about how we study the bugs we can breathe... don't miss this talk!

Talk for the Barcelona Science Week (2020). Event organised by: LaBiotheque (in Spanish).


Apparition in the Spanish media by the publication of the scientific paper published in Environ Res 171:546-549 about the development of the protocol to detect Legionella pneumophila from the air.

Here, we show some examples:

Experiments for General Public

"How do you extract DNA from the nucleus of a tomato?"

This is the activity that was showed to children during the Open Day of Max-Planck Institute for Chemistry (MPIC) (left) and the 5th Children's Science Day in Nieder-Olm (right) in 2019, to get them interested in science.

(photo: MPIC) 
(photo:  Dafmi Kapnisti-Krüger)

Science in an easy language

Publication for general audience in the journal Sem@foro, 67: 58. Section: “Nuestra Ciencia”, of one of the scientific papers: Sánchez-Parra B, Núñez A., Moreno D.A. (2019). “Prevención de brotes de legionelosis mediante la detección rápida de la bacteria Legionella pneumophila a partir de muestras de aire”. (In Spanish).