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The ICMAB joins the initiative for more science in the media in Catalonia

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The initiative "Science in the media" calls for an improvement of society’s scientific knowledge through the use of mass media. It does so through a manifesto signed by several professional, scientific and social organisations, and directed towards the CCMA and the Govern de la Generalitat.

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12 May 2020: Celebrating Women in Mathematics

The May12 initiative is an opportunity for the mathematical community to celebrate women in mathematics. The initiative is supported by several organisations for women in mathematics. The day is chosen because it is the birthdate of Maryam Mirzakhani, an Iranian mathematician at Stanford University, expert in geometry and dynamical systems and Fields Medal awardee. She died from cancer in 2017 with 40 years old. A the ICMAB we want to join this celebration that aims to inspires women and men to pursue their dreams in science and mathematics.

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The exhibition "Científiques Catalanes 2.0", with Anna Roig and M. Rosa Palacín, is now online!

A few weeks ago we shared with you the beginning of the touring exhibition "Científiques Catalanes 2.0”, which featured more than 20 leading researchers from various STEAM disciplines and scientific outreach, including ICMAB researchers Anna Roig and M. Rosa Palacín. The contents of this exhibition can now be viewed (and downloaded!) online, on the Associació Catalana de Comunicació Científica's (ACCC) website.

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Salvador Ferrer, honored with the "All a devoted career" ASEVA award

The Spanish Vacuum Society (ASEVA) has awarded Prof. Salvador Ferrer Fábregas for his contributions to the study of the surfaces properties and the development of characterization experimental techniques as well as the creation and operation of the ALBA Synchrotron. Salvador Ferrer, now Associate Science Advisor at ALBA, was an ICMAB-CSIC researcher for one year (2011-2012). During his time with us he always tried to establish synergies between the ICMAB and the ALBA Synchrtron. His seed has grown and now we can say that there are many collaborative branches between the two institutions.

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Stop the pandemic: Safety and health at work can save lives

Today, 28 April 2020, is the World Day for Safety and Health at Work. Recognizing the great challenge that governments, employers, workers and whole societies are facing worldwide to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Day for Safety and Health at Work will focus on addressing the outbreak of infectious diseases at work, in particular, on the COVID-19 pandemic. At the ICMAB we take this job very seriously, and the Health and Safety Committee, with the help and compromise of all of us, will ensure that we will all have a safe return to our work. 

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29 and 30 APRIL 2020: Ciencia en Redes in YouTube

The ninth edition of "Ciencia en Redes" (Science in the Networks) would have been last Friday, 13 March 2020 in Cosmocaixa Barcelona, but due to the current circumstances, it was cancelled. Now, the organization has decided to program the event online, and it wil be on April 29 and 30, 2020, from 11 am to 12:30 pm through the YouTube channel of the AECC (Spanish Association of Science Communication), and free of charge. If you like science and social networks, don't miss it!

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INSPIRACIENCIA 2020: X Contest of short stories inspired in science

The CSIC, with the collaboration of the FECYT, organizes the X edition of short-stories inspired in science "INSPIRACIENCIA". The short texts can be written in Catalan, Spanish, Galician and Euskera. They must have a maximum of 800 words. There are two categories: Young, between 12 and 17 years old; and Adult, from 18 years old. Deadline to participate: 7 June 2020. 
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Mourning James Scott, the father of integrated ferroelectrics

James F. Scott, widely considered the father of integrated ferroelectrics, passed away last April 6, 2020. It’s hard to overstate his influence, as Gervasi Herranz, from the Laboratory of Multifunctional Thin Films and Complex Structures (MULFOX) points out: "Prof. James Scott was one of the most influential materials scientists and he was the most renowned pioneer in the development of ferroelectric memories. His outstanding work will undoubtedly remain a source of inspiration for all of us who work in new applications of ferroelectrics.

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Mourning Phil Anderson

We say goodbye to theoretical physicist Phil Anderson, who helped to build the foundation for our understanding of condensed matter and superconductivity. 

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The exhibition "Científiques Catalanes 2.0" coordinated by the ACCC starts its tour on #11F2020

On February 11, the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, the Salt Water Museum, in collaboration with the Girona Institute for Biomedical Research (IDIBGI), will host the opening of "Científiques Catalanes 2.0", a traveling exhibition featuring women scientists in our territory, whose work is very important for the advancement of science, in all its aspects. The exhibition is coordinated by the ACCC Gender Perspective Group

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"La ciencia según Forges" at the CSIC Residència d'Investigadors in Barcelona

From 11 February 2020 to the 1 March 2020, the exhibition "La ciencia según Forges" will be at the CSIC Residència d'Investigadors. A great opportunity to visit this exhibition, formed by 66 drawings by Forges (Antonio Fraguas) that appeared in the newspaper "El País" from 1995 to 2018. The exhibition is like a tour through the past, present and future of the research in Spain.

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"A network of science: 150 years of Nature papers"

The prestigious Nature scientific journal celebrated its 150th anniversary on November 4, 2019. In order to commemorate it, the journal published a video on the role played by the journal in the history of science, and also prepared an interactive graph that explains the complex network created by the co-cited journal articles. More than 88,000 articles are published since 1900. 

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BCN, 4-7 FEB 2020: GoNano Winter School "Creating Social Value with Nanotechnology"

The GoNano project organizes the winter school "Creating Social Value with Nanotechnology" on 4-7 February 2020 in Barcelona. The winter school is designed to impart the findings from the project to early stage researchers and to address concepts such as RRI, co-creation, and communication applied to nanotechnology. Deadline for registration is 30 November! Register now before it's too late!

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Madrid, 29-31 JAN 2020: #NALS2020 2nd International Conference on Nanomaterials Applied to Life Sciences

The 2nd International Conference on Nanomaterials Applied to Life Sciences 2020 (NALS 2020) is being organized by IMDEA Nanociencia to be held in the Excellence Campus of Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Madrid,Spain) on 29-31 January 2020. NALS 2020 intends to establish synergies, foster long-lasting collaborations, and contribute to a fruit-full academia-industry liaison, to work together on the development of disruptive nanomaterials based techniques and devices for applications in the fields of Medicine, Biology, and Environment, among others. Abstract submission deadline is 25 November 2019. 

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CosmoCaixa, 9 NOV 2019: BCNspiracy is back in its third edition!

After the success of the first edition in 2017 and the second edition in 2018, with more than 300 attendees, the third edition of BCNspiracy will taka place in CosmoCaixa Barcelona on 9 November 2019, as a kick-off of the Science Week! The already BCNspiracy traditional talks on science outreach will take place during all the day, and the INspriacy event will take place on Friday (8 November) and will be for high school students. On 9 November there will also be a final networking event between speakers and audience: BEERspiracy

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"Química i Cel·luloide": Cinema and Science at the CSIC "Residència d'Investigadors"

The CSIC in Catalunya and the CSIC "Residència d'Investigadors" organize a cycle about cinema and science during October-November 2019 to celebrate the 150 years of the Periodic Table. The films that will be shown (for free!) are: "Marie Curie", Temple Grandin", "Wall-E" and "Her". All the films will be on Friday at 6:00 pm, and will be introduced by a CSIC researcher. 

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Valencia, 21-24 OCT 2019: FGCSIC "Curso Buenas Prácticas Científicas"

The Fundación General CSIC (FGCSIC) has been organising several editions of the Course of Good Scientific Practices (CBPC) for the past year, aimed at promoting awareness and training in scientific integrity and good practices among those who start research at the CSIC. The next edition of the course will be held on 21-24 October 2019 in Casa de la Ciencia (Valencia). Regiser before 4 October 2019!

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Open Call for the "Ideas Generation Programme" on Smart Food

The 10th edition of the "Ideas Generation Program" (Programa Generació d'Idees) is special since it is part of a broader initiative to solve smart food challenges. Innovations can be implemented in the production, processing, packaging or consumption of the whole food industry. Any ideas? Registration is open until October 1, 2019. 

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IEC, 18 SEPT 2019: "La Física dona. La dona física" SCF Opening Conference 2019-2020

The opening conference of the 2019-2020 course of the Catalan Physics Society (SCF - Societat Catalana de Física) will take place on Wednesday, 18 September, at the Sala Nicolau d'Owler (Institut d'Estudis Catalans, Carrer del Carme, 47) at 7 pm. The conference will be given by Dr. Àngels Ramos, Professor in the area of Atomic and Nuclear Physics at the University of Barcelona. 

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Personal obituary for Massimo Marezio, from Xavier Obradors

Unfortunately, our good friend, collaborator and benefactor or many ICMAB researchers, Dr. Massimo Marezio, passed away last May 13, 2019, in his hometown, Rome. Prof. Xavier Obradors, who met him while he was doing his PhD thesis in Grenoble, has written him some words as an obituary in the form of a last personal letter. Read it here. Massimo se n’è ándato, a sempre caro amico!

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Since 20 May 2019 our measurements are attached to nature constants

On May 20, 2019, this year's World Metrology Day, the changes in the definitions of the International System of Units (SI) were accepted. All the units, now, depend on the laws of nature, instead of depending on physical artefacts. The "Big Kilo" as we knew it, will no longer be the reference to the "kilo". Instead, this unit will be based on the Planck constant, as the "meter" is based on the speed of light. In the redefinition, four of the seven SI base units – the kilogram, ampere, kelvin, and mole – were redefined by setting exact numerical values for the Planck constant (h), the elementary electric charge (e), the Boltzmann constant (k), and the Avogadro constant (NA), respectively. Read more about it here:

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Henkel-UAB postdoc programme 2019 - Polymer/Organic Chemistry

Henkel-UAB is looking for a postdoc in Organic Chemistry or Chemistry of Polymers. The position is to work in a highly dynamic and international team and the programme will offer the opportunity to become acquainted with Henkel's adhesives, sealants and surface technologies through challenging, application-oriented experimental work. In the course of the work, the candidate will be involved in all aspects and stages of the project, from inception to delivery and gather valuable experience in industrial research. Deadline: 31 May 2019.

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"Physics Viewpoint: Yes, Sexual Harassment Still Drives Women Out of Physics"

The journal Physics highlights a study about gender and physics published in Physical Review Physics Education Research: "A survey of female undergraduates in physics found that three quarters of them experience some form of sexual harassment, leaving them alienated from the field". Read more about it here!

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Barcelona, 1-5 JUL 2019: Barcelona Science and Technology Diplomacy Summer School

SciTech DiploHub, the Barcelona Science and Technology Diplomacy Hub, has organized the Science and Technology Diplomacy Summer School: the first training in scientific diplomacy that will take place from 1 to 5 July 2019 in Barcelona. This initiative is a joint effort between SciTech DiploHub and IBEI, the Barcelona Institute for International Studies. Are you interested in attending it?

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Burgos, 9-11 OCT 2019: Congreso de Comunicación Social de la Ciencia

Three days to talk about communication, science and outreach, at the University of Burgos, from 9 to 11 October 2019, organized by the AECC (Asociación Española de Comunicación Científica) and the University of Burgos. Call for proposals and registration is open!

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Barcelona, 11 April: Presentation of the AEAC (Spanish Associacion for the Advancement of Science)

On 11 April, at 6 pm, the meeting of the Spanish Association for the Advancement of Science (AEAC) will take place in Palau Macaya, Barcelona. A meeting to place the AEAC in the panorama of Spanish scientific associations, starting with their mission to be a pro-science association that, although promoted by the scientific community, is open to citizen participation.

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DTIC-UPF, 8 April 2019: Open Science Day SOMM Alliance

The Open Science Day in the context of the Working Group on Open Science within the network of Severo Ochoa Centers and María de Maeztu Units (SOMMA), led by BCAM and DTIC-UPF, will take place on 8 April 2019 at the Dept. of Information and Communication Technologies, Univ. Pompeu Fabra (DTIC-UPF) in Barcelona.

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Open Call for the Programme "Generació d'Idees" on Biomed and Insustrial Biotech

The 9th edition of the Generating Idees Programme ("Generació d'Idees") is now open. This year, the topic is Biomedicine and Insutrial Biotechnology, and will take place between April-June 2019. The programme is organized by the UAB Research Park (PRUAB) and the Biotechnology Reference Network (XRB) and is aimed to help the researchers to find the best application for their research. Registration deadline: 5 April 2019!

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