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ICMAB contribution to the CSIC White Paper on Scientific Challenges for 2030

The CSIC White Paper presents the interdisciplinary approaches that the CSIC Research Centers are applying in order to face several of the scientific and social challenges of the next 10 years.

CSIC introduced the White Paper in a digital event livestreamed and now archived on YouTube, analyzing several topics across its three areas of work: Life, Matter, and Society. These documents cover the whole spectrum of research, from basic investigation to potential applications of the results achieved, in order to create helpful strategies and organization models to apply when facing the main challenges we will encounter in the coming years.

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Save Excellent Science: Rescue Horizon Europe's Budget

A massive cut in European budget is putting at risk Pillar 1 of Horizon Europe, the one devoted to Excellent Science and that includes, to name a few, the funds for the ERC and MSCA projects, which are the main tools that researchers have to develop new ideas and open new research paths at the frontier of science. There is still time to sign the campaing #RescueHorizonEurope to assign the additional €4 billion of Horizon Europe to Pillar 1. 

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Coffee with Research: "Nano in Food" with the SensoRaïm project

On November 5, 2020, at 12:30 pm, discover how nanotechnology is revolutionizing the agri-food sector with the help of the Fundació Catalana per a la Recerca i la Innovació (FCRI), the Servei d’Innovació Agroalimentària del Departament d’Agricultura, Ramaderia, Pesca i Alimentació (DARP), the Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Institute of the UB (IN2UB), in collaboration with the University of Lleida (UdL) and the ICMAB-CSIC. 

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Leading scientific associations and innovative companies demand to place R&D at the heart of Spain’s strategy

A high number of scientific societies and associatios, industrial clusters and companies in Spain, including the SOMM Alliance (Alliance of Severo Ochoa Centers and María de Maeztu Units) have signed a document in which they urge all political parties to adopt a stable framework with urgent demands for the advance of R+D+I in Spain. The announcement is made in light of the recent approval of the preliminary draft of the Spanish government’s budget, which announces an investment of more than five billion euros in science

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The ICMAB endorses the EU Manifesto for Open Access of COVID-19 research results

The European Commission has launched a Manifesto to maximise the accessibility of research results in the fight against COVID-19. The manifesto provides guiding principles for beneficiaries of EU research grants for coronavirus prevention, testing, treatment and vaccination to ensure that their research results will be accessible for all and guarantee a return on public investment.

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The II CSIC PhD Day is here!

The Department of Postgraduate and Specialization of the CSIC organizes the  "II Conference for CSIC Doctoral Students" (II Jornada de Doctorandos del CSIC) online on Friday,16 October 2020. Deadline to register is the day before, 15 October 2020.  

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Obituary for Rafael Navarro, precursor of high temperature superconductors in Zaragoza

On 25 September 2020, Rafael Navarro passed away in Zaragoza. He was a Materials Science Professor at the University of Zaragoza and the Institute of Materials Science of Aragon (currently, Institute of Nanoscience and Materials of Aragon, INMA). He was also a friend and collaborator of many ICMAB researchers working in the field of magnetic oxides and superconductors. 

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Equality Plans will be an eligibility criterion in the future Horizon Europe programme

Within the framework of the celebration of the 2020 European Research & Innovation Days, different aspects of the R+D policy were addressed, including the next R+D Framework Programme, Horizon Europe (2021-2027). During the session "Get ready: A new ERA for Equality is calling", Jean-Eric Paquet, General Director of Research and Innovation of the European Commission, announced that every legal entity (public body, research center or higher education institution) must have an equality plan in place to access funding from the next Framework Programme.

Women in Science, Other External News

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Barcelona in the top 50 Science Cities in Nature Index 2020

The Nature Index 2020 Science Cities was released this September 2020, and is based on the research papers published during 5 years (2015-2019) in 82 international journals of high quality research, chosen by an independent group of researchers. In the general ranking, we find that Barcelona and its metropolitan area is in the position number 40, within the top 50 Science Cities of the world. Congratulations to all researchers in the Barcelona area who make it possible!

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PhD offer on high-resolution NMR & DNP of biomaterials in Sorbonne Université

PhD offer in the field of "the observation of low gyromagnetic ratio nuclei in biomaterial environments through hyperpolarization enhanced magnetic resonance". The PhD will take place between the Laboratoire de Chimie de la Matière Condensée de Paris in Sorbonne Université and the Institut Charles Gerhardt in Montpellier. The application process remains open until a suitable candidate is found.

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#SinCienciaNoHayFuturo Poster

The day research stood up

As response to the COVID-19 pandemic starts to take shape, the field of research places its eyes in the future. What they see is less than comforting. Spanish researchers start organizing to show the precariousness they face in their careers under the hashtag #SinCienciaNoHayFuturo #NoScienceNoFuture. At the same time, two major initiatives demand more funding for research all across Europe, already trying to stop the next crisis that will happen. All of these events, happening on the same day (17 June 2020), point out the difficulties that have been affecting the scientific area and that will keep existing unless action is taken. 

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COVID-19 will affect women’s career prospects more than men’s. Here’s what we can do about it.

The insidious effects of gender disparity affect all the facets of our society. In times of crisis, all forms of inequality -including those based on gender, but also race, or sexuality- are often aggravated. In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Unidad de Mujeres y Ciencia of the Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación establishes a series of actions that the scientific community must consider in order to both track this disparity and minimize its effects. The report highlights that the gender gap in scientific productivity, exacerbated in this crisis, will have consequences for women researchers' careers.

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ALBA Synchrotron Annual Report 2019: 50 % of the granted shifts are related to Materials Science

The ALBA Synchrotron has released its Annual Report 2019. The document covers the most remarkable activities of 2019, a selection of scientific highlights, technology reviews and facts & figures of the facility last year. Three research studies in which the ICMAB researchers have collaborated with the ALBA Synchrotron are featured in the Report. 

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Visualization of the SARS-CoV-2

Research Integrity Committee CIR-CAT releases statement on Research during COVID-19 crisis

The importance of research has come to the forefront during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. However, the specific needs of such an exceptional context have put a strain on the way research is conducted, as well as communicated. On the interest of research integrity, the CIR-CAT has released a statement including some points indicating a few facets of the research process that are worth strengthening in the face of adversity.

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12 May 2020: Celebrating Women in Mathematics

The May12 initiative is an opportunity for the mathematical community to celebrate women in mathematics. The initiative is supported by several organisations for women in mathematics. The day is chosen because it is the birthdate of Maryam Mirzakhani, an Iranian mathematician at Stanford University, expert in geometry and dynamical systems and Fields Medal awardee. She died from cancer in 2017 with 40 years old. A the ICMAB we want to join this celebration that aims to inspires women and men to pursue their dreams in science and mathematics.

Women in Science, External Events

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The exhibition "Científiques Catalanes 2.0", with Anna Roig and M. Rosa Palacín, is now online!

A few weeks ago we shared with you the beginning of the touring exhibition "Científiques Catalanes 2.0”, which featured more than 20 leading researchers from various STEAM disciplines and scientific outreach, including ICMAB researchers Anna Roig and M. Rosa Palacín. The contents of this exhibition can now be viewed (and downloaded!) online, on the Associació Catalana de Comunicació Científica's (ACCC) website.

Women in Science, External Events

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Salvador Ferrer, honored with the "All a devoted career" ASEVA award

The Spanish Vacuum Society (ASEVA) has awarded Prof. Salvador Ferrer Fábregas for his contributions to the study of the surfaces properties and the development of characterization experimental techniques as well as the creation and operation of the ALBA Synchrotron. Salvador Ferrer, now Associate Science Advisor at ALBA, was an ICMAB-CSIC researcher for one year (2011-2012). During his time with us he always tried to establish synergies between the ICMAB and the ALBA Synchrtron. His seed has grown and now we can say that there are many collaborative branches between the two institutions.

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Stop the pandemic: Safety and health at work can save lives

Today, 28 April 2020, is the World Day for Safety and Health at Work. Recognizing the great challenge that governments, employers, workers and whole societies are facing worldwide to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Day for Safety and Health at Work will focus on addressing the outbreak of infectious diseases at work, in particular, on the COVID-19 pandemic. At the ICMAB we take this job very seriously, and the Health and Safety Committee, with the help and compromise of all of us, will ensure that we will all have a safe return to our work. 

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29 and 30 APRIL 2020: Ciencia en Redes in YouTube

The ninth edition of "Ciencia en Redes" (Science in the Networks) would have been last Friday, 13 March 2020 in Cosmocaixa Barcelona, but due to the current circumstances, it was cancelled. Now, the organization has decided to program the event online, and it wil be on April 29 and 30, 2020, from 11 am to 12:30 pm through the YouTube channel of the AECC (Spanish Association of Science Communication), and free of charge. If you like science and social networks, don't miss it!

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INSPIRACIENCIA 2020: X Contest of short stories inspired in science

The CSIC, with the collaboration of the FECYT, organizes the X edition of short-stories inspired in science "INSPIRACIENCIA". The short texts can be written in Catalan, Spanish, Galician and Euskera. They must have a maximum of 800 words. There are two categories: Young, between 12 and 17 years old; and Adult, from 18 years old. Deadline to participate: 7 June 2020. Extended deadline: 21 June 2020!
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Mourning James Scott, the father of integrated ferroelectrics

James F. Scott, widely considered the father of integrated ferroelectrics, passed away last April 6, 2020. It’s hard to overstate his influence, as Gervasi Herranz, from the Laboratory of Multifunctional Thin Films and Complex Structures (MULFOX) points out: "Prof. James Scott was one of the most influential materials scientists and he was the most renowned pioneer in the development of ferroelectric memories. His outstanding work will undoubtedly remain a source of inspiration for all of us who work in new applications of ferroelectrics.

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Mourning Phil Anderson

We say goodbye to theoretical physicist Phil Anderson, who helped to build the foundation for our understanding of condensed matter and superconductivity. 

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The exhibition "Científiques Catalanes 2.0" coordinated by the ACCC starts its tour on #11F2020

On February 11, the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, the Salt Water Museum, in collaboration with the Girona Institute for Biomedical Research (IDIBGI), will host the opening of "Científiques Catalanes 2.0", a traveling exhibition featuring women scientists in our territory, whose work is very important for the advancement of science, in all its aspects. The exhibition is coordinated by the ACCC Gender Perspective Group

Women in Science, External Events

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"La ciencia según Forges" at the CSIC Residència d'Investigadors in Barcelona

From 11 February 2020 to the 1 March 2020, the exhibition "La ciencia según Forges" will be at the CSIC Residència d'Investigadors. A great opportunity to visit this exhibition, formed by 66 drawings by Forges (Antonio Fraguas) that appeared in the newspaper "El País" from 1995 to 2018. The exhibition is like a tour through the past, present and future of the research in Spain.

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"A network of science: 150 years of Nature papers"

The prestigious Nature scientific journal celebrated its 150th anniversary on November 4, 2019. In order to commemorate it, the journal published a video on the role played by the journal in the history of science, and also prepared an interactive graph that explains the complex network created by the co-cited journal articles. More than 88,000 articles are published since 1900. 

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Congratulations to NanoEduca, Premi Nacional de Comunicació Científica 2018!

We would like to congratulate our colleagues from the NanoEduca programme, created by the Universitat de Barcelona (UB), Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia (ICN2) and Centre de Recursos Pedagògics Específics de Suport a la Innovació i la Recerca Educativa (CESIRE), for the 2018 National Award on Science Communication (Premi Nacional de Comunicació Científica 2018), which they received last night, Tuesday 3 December 2019, at the TNC. 

Commemorations, 2019

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BCN, 4-7 FEB 2020: GoNano Winter School "Creating Social Value with Nanotechnology"

The GoNano project organizes the winter school "Creating Social Value with Nanotechnology" on 4-7 February 2020 in Barcelona. The winter school is designed to impart the findings from the project to early stage researchers and to address concepts such as RRI, co-creation, and communication applied to nanotechnology. Deadline for registration is 30 November! Register now before it's too late!

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Madrid, 29-31 JAN 2020: #NALS2020 2nd International Conference on Nanomaterials Applied to Life Sciences

The 2nd International Conference on Nanomaterials Applied to Life Sciences 2020 (NALS 2020) is being organized by IMDEA Nanociencia to be held in the Excellence Campus of Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Madrid,Spain) on 29-31 January 2020. NALS 2020 intends to establish synergies, foster long-lasting collaborations, and contribute to a fruit-full academia-industry liaison, to work together on the development of disruptive nanomaterials based techniques and devices for applications in the fields of Medicine, Biology, and Environment, among others. Abstract submission deadline is 25 November 2019. 

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CosmoCaixa, 9 NOV 2019: BCNspiracy is back in its third edition!

After the success of the first edition in 2017 and the second edition in 2018, with more than 300 attendees, the third edition of BCNspiracy will taka place in CosmoCaixa Barcelona on 9 November 2019, as a kick-off of the Science Week! The already BCNspiracy traditional talks on science outreach will take place during all the day, and the INspriacy event will take place on Friday (8 November) and will be for high school students. On 9 November there will also be a final networking event between speakers and audience: BEERspiracy

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