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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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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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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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Post-Doctoral Research Associate for the Coherent Soft X-ray Scattering (CSX) beamline in Brookhaven National Laboratory

Brookhaven National Laboratory is looking for a Post-Doctoral Research Associate for the Coherent Soft X-ray Scattering (CSX) beamline. The successful candidate will lead experiments on innovative 2D artificial structures in collaboration with Harvard University and the Center for Functional Nanomaterials at BNL.

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UB, 4 Feb 2019: Jornada d'Investigadors Predoctorals Interdisciplinària

The 7th edition of the Interdisciplinary Meeting of Predoctoral Researchers (JIPI) will take place on Monday, 4 February 2019. The JIPI has become a meeting point for all predoctoral researchers in Catalonia. It offers the possibility to meet researchers of many other fields, learn about their interests and put ideas in common. It also aims at answering some unpleasant questions such as: Who might be interested in my research? Is it useful? What can I do after the PhD? Are you going to miss it?

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Oxolutia: to the kilometer length superconducting tapes

OXOLUTIA SL, the ICMAB spin off created in 2010, has made relevant advances in the last 2 years in the technological development of coated conductors using cost-effective inks for the production of high temperature superconducting layers, as stated in their website on December 12, 2018. 

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#100xCiencia3 meeting: Society must be more involved in science. And vice versa.

Society should be more involved in science and vice versa. This could be the conclusion of the SOMMa 100xCiencia.3 meeting, held on November 15, 2018, at the National Center for Oncological Research (CNIO), organized by SOMMa, the alliance of Severo Ochoa Centers and Maria de Maeztu Units of Excellence to promote the excellence of research in Spain. Representatives of the 41 SOMMa members gathered in this meeting, which focused on the participation of society in science.

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Barcelona, 20-22 NOV 2018: NanoBio&Med Conference 2018

The NanoBio&Med2018 is going to present the most recent international developments in the field of Nanobiotechnology and Nanomedicine and will provide a platform for multidisciplinary communication, new cooperations and projects to participants from both science and industry.

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San Sebastian, 13-15 Feb 2019: nanoGUNE Winter School 2019

The nanoGUNE Winter School 2019 will be held in the nanoGUNE facilities in San Sebastian (Spain), from Wednesday 13 to Friday 15 February 2019. The event is primarily aimed at undergraduate and master students of physics, chemistry, biology and engineering. The School will include a combination of academic lectures, soft skills training sessions and hands-on lab practices.   

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Congratulations to UABDIVULGA, Premi Nacional de Comunicació Científica

We would like to congratulate our colleagues from the UABDIVULGA, with whom we collaborate to disseminate the results of our research, for the National Award on Science Communication (Premi Nacional de Comunicació Científica), which they received last night, Monday, 15 October 2018, at the TNC. 

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2018-10-9: Happy #NationalNanotechnologyDay!

The Nanotechnology Day (#NationalNanoDay) is an annual celebration created in the US featuring a series of community-led events and activities on or around October 9 to help raise awareness of nanotechnology, how it is currently used in products that enrich our daily lives, and the challenges and opportunities it holds for the future. This date, 10/9, pays homage to the nanometer scale, 10–9 meters.

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The Severo Ochoa call in the press - What is excellence in research?

Following the provisional resolution of this year's Severo Ochoa Centers of Excellence call, there has been a hustle and bustle in the press and in the social networks regarding the criteria of excellence of the Severo Ochoa programme, and the fact that the ICIQ (Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia) is not within the selected members. 

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Peter Grünberg, an inspiration for many magnetic ICMABers: from spinwaves to GMR

"Peter Grünberg was one of the first physicists to understand the potential of nascent nanotechnologies for fundamental research. He discovered giant magnetoresistance, or GMR: a large change in electrical resistance induced by a small magnetic field in stacks of ultrathin magnetic and non-magnetic layers." says Albert Fert* in Peter Grünberg's Obituary in Nature.

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Job Offer at IFW Dresden: Junior Research Group Leader in "Applications of unconventional superconductors"

The Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research Dresden – in short IFW Dresden – wants to establish a new Junior Research Group in the field of applied superconductivity. The particular research focus for this group is open with the exception that it needs to be related to the application of unconventional superconductors (i.e. cuprates, Fe-based superconductors etc.) in any device or system.

Application deadline: August 30, 2018

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ALBA Synchrotron, 1-2 OCT 2018: FTIR microspectroscopy workshop

The infrared beamline MIRAS at ALBA Synchrotron is organizing a 2-day hands-on Workshop on Infrared Microspectroscopy. The workshop will take place at ALBA light source (Cerdanyola del Vallès) on the 1st and 2nd October 2018New Deadline for Registration: August 3, 2018!

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Horizon Europe will not reimburse publication fees for hybrid open-access

According to a working document of the European Commission (EC) of June 7, the next scientific EU's 2021-27 R&D programme (Horizon Europe) will not cover the publication fees for articles to be publised in hybrid open-access journals (those journals that are neither subscription-only nor fully open, instead offering authors both publishing options after paying the article processing charges (APCs) for open-acess).
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Principal Beamline Scientist position at Diamond Light Source, UK

Diamond Light Source, the UK’s national synchrotron, is looking for a Principal Beamline Scientist for the Microfocus Spectroscopy beamline at Diamond, I18. The successful candidate would be responsible for a polarised soft X-ray facility dedicated to X-ray magnetic circular and linear dichroism spectroscopy and imaging.

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Open PhD position at Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL) in Grenoble: Spin-crossover molecular-based materials for efficient carbon capture and release

Spin-crossover molecular-based materials for efficient carbon capture and release. The role of anthropogenic CO2 emissions as a major contributor to climate change is nowadays beyond discussion and a proposed way to mitigate these effects in the medium term is to employ carbon capture and sequestration or recycling.

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University of Cambridge: Research Assistant/Associate in Portable High Field Magnet Systems (Fixed Term)

A position exists for a Research Assistant/Associate in the Department of Engineering's Bulk Superconductivity Group to work on Portable High Field Magnet Systems. The post holder will work with Dr Mark Ainslie, an Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Early Career Fellow, on an EPSRC-funded project to develop portable, high magnetic field charging of bulk superconductors for practical engineering applications.

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PhD candidates wanted for a project on "Architectured & Flexible Structure for Building Integrated Photovoltaics" - IDEX project, Grenoble

PhD Position in Architectured & Flexible Structure for Building Integrated Photovoltaics in the frame of an IDEX project in Grenoble. Areas: Materials science, physics of semiconductors and opto-electronic devices, physical-chemistry, and engineering.

Deadline for submission: 30th April 2018

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