Communication & Outreach Office
One of the main activities of the Communication & Outreach Office is to bring the latest research and news to the press by preparing and sending Press Releases at the appropirate time and coordinated with the other collaborating institutions and the CSIC.
Apart from the Press Release, the COO prepares figures, photographs and videos to illustrate the text, so that the material can be used in the newspapers, specialized websites and social media.
We also maintain a journalist and scientific communicators datalist. If you would like to receive our press releases and news, please contact Anna May at
Education & Outreach
ICMAB is committed to making its research accessible to a wide audience to increase the general knowledge of science within the society, and to encourage scientific vocations among the young students.
We seek to promote scientific research locally, nationally and internationally through a tailored programme of outreach, using the skills of staff to ensure our research is valued and accessible. Our aim is to provide opportunities for students of all ages to gain knowledge and understanding through science-based activity.
Outreach activity and community engagement is undertaken through synergies with other activities and a commitment to ensuring our research is widely understood.
Through social media and scientific communication our staff and students provide information which brings many benefits to the local community.
Along with schools activity, we provide briefings to government; give public presentations; contribute to debates on contemporary nanotechnology and material science issues and undertake family-orientated outreach activity.
Events for students
ICMAB is actively involved in the promotion of careers in materials science and nanotechnology. We aim to inspire the next generation of material scientists and encourage the uptake of these subjects at school with the different programs:
- Un investigador a la teva aula - A researcher in your classroom
- Joves i Ciència
- Programa Argó
- Bojos per la física - Mad for physics de la Fundació Catalunya La Pedrera
- ESCOLAB - School visits
Events for teachers
ICMAB participates in progams for secondary education teachers, so that they can show their students the latest research studies regarding materials science and nanotechnoogy:
- Professors i ciència - Teachers and science de la Fundació Catalunya La Pedrera
- Seminari Permanent de Física i Química from CESIRE
Outreach projects and events
We participate and organize many science outreach projects all year round:
- YouMaker: this is how science is made
- Mathereos: supermaterials of the future
- Barcelona Science Festival
- Science Week in November
- European Researcher's Night
- Expominer: minerals and rocks fair
- 10alamenos9 Nanoscience Festival
Events at ICMAB
ICMAB is a very dynamic place. Many things happen all year round, from our "Anniversary Party" which is around June to our Christmas celebration in December, we also have many workshops, courses and seminars all year round, we receive school visits and many students, and we receive visits of different reserachers and people from the innovation and technology sector willing to know more about our research and stablish collaborations with our scientists.
One of ICMAB's mission is to increase the general scientific culture of the society. To increase the critical thinking, which will lead to better decisions making. We organize multiple events that are open to the scientific community and to all those interested in science.
- ICMAB Periodical Lecture: these seminars are held every 2 Mondays at 12 pm at the Institute. Invited speakers (from across the globe) provide information on a topic of interest, and seek collaboration among the ICMAB researchers.
- Invited Seminars: ICMAB researchers invite renowned speakers to give a talk, if they are visiting Barcelona, or if the topic is of outstanding interest for the Institute.
Scientific workshops within the ICMAB
Researchers organize scientific workshops and technical meetings to enhance the knowledge and collaboration between them. These workshops and meetings are organized in the framework of the Severo Ochoa project.
Summer Schools and Meetings for PhD researchers
We are committed to our young researchers, and thus organize events in which they can increase their knowledge, acquire different skills and present their research results, in inspiring and multidisciplinary atmospheres.
Communication & Outreach Office
(in front of Firehouse)