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WORKING THE UNIVERSITY - SOCIETY RELATIONSHIP: MULTIDISCIPLINARY APPROACH AND SOCIAL DISSEMINATION

A. Vallejo1, C. Bruzos-Cidón1, I. Fernández1, C. Miguélez1, G. Puras1, E. Eraso1, J. Ciriza2, S. Gómez-Zorita3, T. Morera-Herreras1, M. Torrecilla1, E. Mateo1, E. Sevillano1, S. Ballesteros1, L. Aguirre1, M.P. Portillo1, A. Fernández-Quintela1, A.M. Ochoa De Retana1, L. Saenz Del Burgo1

1University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU (SPAIN)
2Centro de Investigación Biomédica en Red en Bioingeniería, Biomateriales y Nanomedicina (SPAIN)
3Centro de Investigación Biomédica en Red-Fisiopatología de la Obesidad y Nutrición (SPAIN)
In the current labor scenario, collaboration between different professionals, both in healthcare and in the scientific field, is essential. Thus, the main objectives of this project have been the following: (1) to develop transversal competences in the students; (2) to promote meaningful learning through the use of active methodologies; (3) to promote interaction between future professionals and work in multidisciplinary teams, and (4) to disseminate scientific-health knowledge to different Society groups.
The people who as future experts will form part of a multidisciplinary team, and who will have to be able to manage complex problems by providing different but complementary points of view, are now the students being trained in our classrooms. Unfortunately, they rarely have the opportunity to work in this kind of teams before starting their professional career. Furthermore, nowadays, the Society demands reliable information on topics related to health and science. Therefore, one of the goals of the University should be to facilitate the access to this information through dissemination by different means of communication in the most appropriate language for each audience.
To achieve these goals, this work aimed to develop with the students an informative project on sustainability related to medicines. The methodology used was a modification of Aronson´s puzzle in which the initial groups were made up of students from different Degrees in the scientific-health field. Multidisciplinary teams generated various instructive materials that, finally, were exposed in a dissemination session carried out to a younger segment of the Society.
The results obtained show a high degree of satisfaction and involvement of all the participants, graduate and undergraduate students, and teachers from both educational levels, who expressed that the University should launch more initiatives like this.