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.
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 SantCugat. In the event, ESCIENCIA also participated with some demonstrative experiments.
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)
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.
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.
The play will be performed at IES Pere Calders Highschool and at the L’Escoleta School, both at Campus UAB.
Follow-up meeting after seven months of starting the E-BCN project (Engineering Bacterial Cellulose Nanocomposites).
Two PhD students, Soledad Roigand 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.
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.
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.
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“.
The 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.
Martíwill 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 Annawill present the poster on “Photocatalytic hybrid nanocomposites of bacterial cellulose and Au/TiO2 nanoparticles for hydrogen production“.
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.
The program and speakers are available on the event website. A flyer of the event is found here.