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Anna May and Anna Laromaine participate in the festival 10alamenos9

 Yesterday (26th April 2017) two members of the N&N Group actively participated in a science outreach festival called 10alamenos9: Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Festival!

The aim of this event is to bring nanotechnology closer to society. It is addressed to people of all ages and educational backgrounds and takes place in different cities in Spain. 

In Barcelona, Anna May participated in an interactive seminar that took place in the science museum CosmoCaixa. She showed some of the materials synthesized at ICMAB. 

Anna May at the 10alamenos9 festival in CosmoCaixa Barcelona).

Together with Alex Argemí (ICN2) and Francesc Pérez-Murano (CNM), from the Barcelona Nanotechnology Cluster Bellaterra (BNC-b),  Anna Laromaine gave a talk on Nanomedicine in Casa de la Cultura de Sant Cugat. In the event, ESCIENCIA also participated with some demonstrative experiments. 

Anna Laromiane giving her talk in Casa de la Cultura (Sant Cugat)

Anna May Masnou is the new Communication & Outreach Officer at ICMAB

Anna May, postdoc in our group, is from now on the new Communication & Outreach Officer at ICMAB. Anna holds a PhD in Materials Science and Technology and is currently studying a postgraduate course in Science Communication. 

Nothing in science has any value to society if it is not communicated, and scientists are beginning to learn their social obligations. — Anne Roe (The Making of a Scientist (1953), 17)

We wish her all the luck in this new endeavour! 

  • News at ICMAB webpage here

Anna May in a course about Science and Media at the RTVE studios

Anna May has participated this week in the course El científico ante los medios de comunicación organized by Fundación Dr. Antonio Esteve, Indagando TV, Instituto RTVE and CSIC, with 25 other scientists of different fields. The course took place at the RTVE (Radio y Televisión Española) studios, in Sant Cugat del Vallès. 

This experience of two days gives the opportunity to scientists to see the dynamics of working in the media, with the aim that they learn to master the everyday situations, such as TV interviews, news writing, and press conferences, and learn to communicate science. 

Apart from the audiovisual media, the course is also dedicated to radio programs, institutional communication, science communication agencies and science outreach on the Internet

Some of the professionals that give the course are Graziella Almendral (Indagando TV), Ana Montserrat Rosell (Tres.14), Miguel Ángel Martín (Instituto RTVE), Marta Cáceres (Para todos La 2), Juan Antonio Senante (RTVE), Isidre Ramos (RTVE), Jaime Pérez del Val (CSIC), Pablo González Batista (M80), Adeline Marcos (Agencia SINC), Pere Buhigas (Lab24), and Marc de Semir (Fundación Bertelsmann).

More information:

Participation in the International Day of Women and Girls in Science – 11 February

Selfie before the show!
This week ICMAB participates actively in the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, which is on February 11.

The activities in Spain are gathered under the name “11febrero” and can be found in the webpage https://11defebrero.org/.

Anna Roig, Anna Laromaine and Anna May, from the NN Group, participate, together with other women* from ICMAB, in the play “Madame Châtelet and her Instagram followers”, in which different scientific women meet at Madame Châtelet’s palace and explain their live and their discoveries.

Anna May, Anna Roig, Anna Laromaine
Anna May, Anna Roig, Anna Laromaine

The play will be performed at IES Pere Calders Highschool and at the L’Escoleta School, both at Campus UAB. 

The scientists that appear are: Émile du Châtelet, Hypatia, Trota of Salerno, Beatriu de Pinós, Maria Sibylla Merian, Ada Lovelace, Nettie Stevens, Rosalind Franklin, Vera Rubin and Margarita Salas. The piano player is Hildegard of Bingen

Other scientists mentioned in the play include Caroline Herschel, Mary Anning, Lise Meitner, Irène Joliot-Curie, Barbara McClintock, Dorothy Hodgkin, Maria Goeppert-Mayer, Rachel Carson, Gertrude Elion and Rita Levi-Montalcini

Did you know any of these scientists?

Selfie with the audience!

You can follow this initiative in the Instagram account @madamechatelet2017

*The other women from ICMAB are: Mariona Coll, Marta Vendrell, Carmen Ocal, Arántzazu González, Rosa Palacín, Núria Aliaga, Esther Barrena, Rosario Núñez, Joana Martínez and Susagna Ricart.  

Follow-up meeting of the Engineering Bacterial Cellulose Nanocomposites (E-BCN) Project

Follow-up meeting after seven months of starting the E-BCN project (Engineering Bacterial Cellulose Nanocomposites).

Two PhD students, Soledad Roig and Irene Anton, will be added to the project team. Soledad will work in structuring and patterning bacterial cellulose, and Irene in applying bacterial cellulose nanocomposites for skin regenaration. 

Participants of the project include: Anna Roig, Dino Tonti, Jordi Faraudo, Anna Laromaine, Martí Gich, Anna May, Soledad Roig and Irene Anton.

Anna May will give a talk at the III Meeting of Young Researchers in Colloids and Interfaces in Madrid

Anna May will give the talk “Au/TiO2 nanoparticles on bacterial cellulose membranes for water splitting in gas phase” in the III Meeting of Young Researchers in Colloids and Intrefaces (III Reunión de Jóvenes Investigadores en Coloides e Interfases), which is held in the Universidad Complutense of Madrid, during October 13-14, 2016. 

The work presented is in the framework of the Engineering Bacterial Cellulose Nanocomposites project from ICMAB, in collaboration with Jordi Llorca and Lluís Soler, from the Institut de Tècniques Energètiques (INTE) at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC). 

The meeting is organized by the Grupo Especializado de Coloides e Interfases, the Real Sociedad Española de Física, and the Real Sociedad Española de Química.img_8085

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The N&N Group at the Campus Gutenberg for scientific communication and culture

gutenbAnna May and Irene Anton have attended the Campus Gutenberg for scientific communication and culture during September 12-13, at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) – Campus Mar and at the Barcelona Biomedical Research Park (PRBB). 

The conference consisted of some interesting debates on “How to measure the excellence and the impact of science”, “Great discoveries and controversy in the media”, or “Science museums and schools: how to develop mutual relations”. The other sessions consisted of different workshops about science, education, communication, social media, etc. A special mention to the session by Ignacio Morgado (from the Institute of Neuroscience of the UAB) on “Perceptual illusions: is the world how we see it?“, in which he made the audience realize that a lot of what we see, smell, hear… is only in our brain. 

Fix the eye for one minute in the cross on the top-left side of the picture, and then move the eye to the right side. If everything works, you will see a greenish colour. Repeat for the bottom-left cross, and then you will see a yellow colour on the bottom-right. Does it work?

Also, a special mention for Escolab, a platform that organizes visits to Catalan research centers for secondary students, and Pendulum, an association that brings the kids to the nature for a scientific picnic in the middle of the Montseny Natural Park, among other scientific workshops and activities. 

Campus Gutenberg is organized by the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF)-Barcelona School of Management and Obra Social “la Caixa”. Collaborators of this edition are “Centro de Estudios de Ciencia, Comunicación y Sociedad” (CCS-UPF), the “Associació Catalana de Comunicació Científica” (ACCC), the Barcelona Biomedical Research Park (PRBB), and the Department of Experimental and Health Science of the UPF. 

For more info follow: #CGutenberg16 @beerforscience @ACCC_ @ccupf

Download the program of the conference here

Martí and Anna with their contributions at the NANOSELECT Annual Meeting 2016

The NANOSELECT Annual Meeting in Sant Feliu de Guíxols has ended.The meeting has been full of talks about different topics, such as functional oxides, ferromagnetic materials, superconductors (YBCO and others), semiconductors for water splitting, Nanocosmos, alternatives of Li-ion batteries, and many other interesting topics. The meeting was held in Eden Roc, a nice hotel in Sant Feliu de Guíxols, between 8th and 19th June. 

Here you can find the contributions of the N&N Group, Martí Gich giving the talk “Ferroelectric domains and polarization switching ine-Fe2O3“, and the poster “Magnetic properties above room temperature in magnetoelectric e-Fe2O3“, and Anna May with the poster ““Photocatalytic hybrid nanocomposites of bacterial cellulose and Au/TiO2 nanoparticles for hydrogen production“.


Martí Gich and Anna May at the NANOSELECT Annual Meeting 2016

nanoselect-logoThe NANOSELECT (Advanced materials and NANOtechnologies for innovative electrical, ELECTronic and magnetoelectronic devices) celebrates its Annual Meeting on 8th-10th June 2016 in Sant Feliu de Guíxols (Girona). The Network of Excellence (NOE) NANOSELECT is a natural continuation of the corresponding Consolider Project which was focused in Functional Oxide Materials. The Meeting will be also supported by the Severo Ochoa Program.

Martí will give the talk on “Ferroelectric domains and polarization switching in e-Fe2O3“, and will present the poster “Magnetic properties above room temperature in magnetoelectric e-Fe2O3“, whereas Anna will present the poster on “Photocatalytic hybrid nanocomposites of bacterial cellulose and Au/TiO2 nanoparticles for hydrogen production“. 

The program of the meeting is found here: NANOSELECT NOE_06062016


Poster Prize for Anna May at the “Functional hybrid materials” workshop and training school in Stockholm

Poster Prize Anna May-MasnouPoster Prize for Anna May at the workshop and training school “Functional hybrid materials: Structure elucidation from molecular to macro level”, within the “Trends in Inorganic Chemistry (TINC)” series. 

Anna presented the poster Photocatalytic hybrid nanocomposites of bacterial cellulose and Au/TiO2 nanoparticles for hydrogen production”, a work in collaboration with the Institut de Tècniques Energètiques (INTE-UPC), and within the National Project Engineering Bacterial Cellulose (E-BCN).

This event, held in Stockholm University (May 25th-27th), was organized by the Division of Inorganic Chemistry of the Swedish Chemical Society, within the EU COST action MP1202 “Rational design of hybrid organic-inorganic interfaces: the next step towards advanced functional materials”. The Poster Prize was sponsored by the International Sol-Gel Society.

Jana Segmehl, from ETH Zurich, and who did an Internship in our group at ICMAB, also attended the workshop and presented the poster “Functional hybrid materials based on hierarchical structured cellulose scaffolds”, in which Anna Laromaine and Anna Roig are co-authors.

Jana and Anna

The program and speakers are available on the event website. A flyer of the event is found here. 

Event website: http://tinc.nu/web-swedish logo

Update 07/06/2016: The news appears on the International Sol-Gel Society webpage!

Update 06/10/2016: Picture of the participants in the HINT COST ACTION webpage!


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