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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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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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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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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 Bulk Superconductors for Biomedical Applications (Fixed Term)

A position exists, for a Research Assistant/Associate in the Department of Engineering, to work on a project concerning the development of a practical system for generating high magnetic fields using MgB2 Bulk Superconductors. This work forms part of a collaborative project funded by EPSRC between the University, the University of Oxford and Rutherford Appleton Laboratory.

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Madrid, 23-27 JUL 2018: ICSNN: International Conference on Superlattices, Nanostructures and Nanodevices

The 20th edition of the ICSNN  (International Conference on  Superlattices, Nanostructures and Nanodevices) will take place this year in Madrid between 23 and 27 July 2018. The ICSNN is a biennial conference series with a tradition lasting back to the 1980s, usually being the largest satellite conference to the International Conference on the Physics of Semiconductors (ICPS). The ICPS will be held in Montpellier (France) the week after ICSNN.

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Open access to Joint Research Centre (JRC) Research Infrastructures for researchers

The European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) opens its scientific laboratories and facilities to people working in academia and research organisations, industry, small and medium enterprises (SMEs), and more in general to the public and private sector.

Similarly to the NFFA project in which we participate, the calls are for researchers who would like to use research infrastructures that are not available in their own centre, and are aimed to enhance the mobility and the collaboration within researchers and industries. 

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Bellaterra, 30-31 MAY: HPCnano: High Performance Computing for Next Generation Nanomaterials & Nanodevice Engineering

The High performance computing for next generation nanomaterials & nanodevices engineering workshop (HPCnano) is an event to be held at the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2) on 30-31 May 2018. Sponsored by the RED ESPAÑOLA de SUPERCOMPUTACION-RES, the event aims at presenting the use of high performance computing (HPC) in forefront research in nanomaterials, molecular electronics and nanodevices, to potential users of the RES HPC resources.

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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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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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Berlin, 22-24 OCT 2018: ANNIC 2018 - Applied Nanotechnology and Nanoscience International Conference

The fourth edition of the Applied Nanotechnology and Nanoscience International Conference (ANNIC 2018) will take place in Berlin between 22 and 24 October 2018. It is an annual event hosting high-profile plenary speakers, world-class researchers, oral and poster presentations, workshops, sponsor exhibits and afterworks. This event is a great opportunity to share your research findings with a wide audience, promote knowledge exchange, and network on nano-related topics. 

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Some words on Jorge Wagensberg from his ICMAB friends and colleagues

Jorge Wagensberg died on Saturday 3 March 2018 in Barcelona at the age of 69. Not only the scientific community, but the whole city of Barcelona mourns the loss of this great scientist, Physics professor, humanist, poet, author of fundamental books, creator of the new CosmoCaixa in Barcelona, director of Hermitage Barcelona until his death, great friend of ICMAB's people, and much more. 

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Job offer: Nano Research Fellow at RMIT Europe

RMIT Europe has just opened a position in Barcelona for a Nano Research Fellow to work on an EU project. 

The Role & Your Responsibilities

The Research Fellow will work based at RMIT Europe and the primary focus will be to deliver on RMIT Europe’s objectives under the H2020 project GoNano. This will involve reviewing best practice for responsible research and innovation in the field of nanotechnology and engagement with citizens, industry and professional stakeholders, researchers from RMIT University and collaborators in Europe.

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Campus UAB, 4 MAY 2018: Jornada de Gènere i Ciència - SCN2

Do you know what is the glass ceiling? And the impostor syndrome? The Catalan Society of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (SCN2), formed by students and researchers from the nanoworld, are organizing an event for May 4, 2018, about the gender situation in the scientific and academic fields

This event will include several talks and also an exhibition at the Faculty of Sciences, with a collage with a surprise effect!

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  • Personal obituary for Massimo Marezio, from Xavier Obradors

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    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!
  • Since 20 May 2019 our measurements are attached to nature constants

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    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:
  • European companies and inventors file more patent applications in 2018. CSIC is number one in Spain.

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    The CSIC leads in solitary the international patents requested in Spain, according to the annual report 2018 of the European Patent Office (EPO). The institution leads the classification with 61 patent applications in 2018. 

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