About Us


CIENCIA aims to provide an opportunity for the UCSF community to hear specialized, technical talks in Spanish, foster the development of Spanish speaking skills, and establish networks with faculty with strong international connections. More broadly, CIENCIA was formed to enrich the cultural experience at UCSF by providing an environment to hear impressive scientific talks in a language other than English.  To accomplish these goals, CIENCIA organizes a monthly scientific seminar series in Spanish, inviting world-renowned Hispanic scientists, and a variety of social, cultural, and educational activities.

Through the process, participants will have the unique opportunity to experience high-level talks in Spanish and even gain general and scientific Spanish vocabulary which will lead to greater opportunities post-graduation and/or better interaction with Spanish speaking colleagues. Furthermore, by integrating UCSF-based and non-UCSF based organizations, this group aims to establish broad connections with both Spanish speaking professionals and those committed to learning or improving their proficiency with the language, especially as it relates to their career field. 

Ciencia: el conjunto de conocimientos ordenados y sistematizados, de validez universal, fundamentados en una teoría referente a verdades generales.  Su objeto es el conocimiento del mundo, es decir la búsqueda de la verdad. Utiliza un método que contiene las siguientes partes: investigación, observación, experimentación y encuesta.  Se fundamenta en leyes generales y principios. (Instituto Leondard Bravo, México)