Yesterday, in the Noble Hall of the Town Hall of the municipality of La Orotava (Tenerife), took place the award ceremony of the Villa de La Orotava Science Fair Awards, a recognition to people and institutions that are committed to outreach and scientific research. In this first edition, the award in the outreach category went to the journalist and writer Carmen del Puerto, who has been in charge of communications at the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) for more than three decades. She was joined by the parasitologist Basilio Valladares (Research Award) and the physicist and teacher Miguel Hernández (Education Award).
Carmen del Puerto holds a PhD in Information Sciences, is a journalist specialising in science and technology, and a writer. She has developed most of her professional activity at the IAC, since 1986, as head of Editions and, since 2014, as head of the Unit of Communication and Scientific Culture (UC3) until October 2022. She has also been a lecturer, for seven years, in the Master's degree in Astrophysics at the University of La Laguna and director of the Museum of Science and the Cosmos of the Cabildo of Tenerife between 2008 and 2014. All of these jobs she has combined with a singular literary vocation, publishing several books of fiction, poetry and scientific outreach. She has also written and directed multimedia plays and has coordinated transversal projects on literature and astronomy.
This publication from the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) contains the literary and graphic contributions of important figures in current literatura in Spanish, who were invited to discover the Canary sky within the project “In a certain place in the Universe….”. As a result of this experience, and inspired by the Universe the authors have produced the texts in this volume, which is a limited edition by the IAC, who has donated it for publicity and sales to the Association of Family members and Carers of those suffering from Alzheimer and other mental afflictions, of Tenerife
The Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias recovers this American woman asronomer as a character in a multimedia play within an outrreach project whose aim is to stimulate scientific careers for women, and to point up their role in Physics and Astronomy.