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Wednesday, 09 June 2021

The ICN2 participates in the Science Festival “Biennal Ciutat i Ciència” of Barcelona

Dr Maria Soler, senior researcher at the ICN2, talked about her work on COVID-19 diagnostic to primary school students on the first day of the biennial science festival of Barcelona. Many other events will follow until June 13, including talks, debates and workshops.

On Tuesday, the 8th of June, Dr Maria Soler of the ICN2 Nanobiosensors and Bioapplications Group participated in an event for primary school students (children aged 6-12), within the Biennal Ciutat i Ciència, biennial science festival held in Barcelona. Dr Soler and researchers from other institutions –Dr Mariona Nadal, from the Institute for Research in Biomedicine, Mirabai Cuenca Ardura, from the Centre for Genomic Regulation, and Dr Júlia Vergara, from the Institute of Agrifood Research and Technology –  talked about their work on COVID-19-related research and, more generally, about their career in science.

Dr Soler is involved in the EU funded project CoNVaT dedicated to the development of a point-of-care platform for rapid diagnosis and monitoring of coronavirus. She explained to the pupils what it meant for her the arrival of the pandemic last year, how her daily work changed in the laboratory and outside of it. She also discussed a few fundamentals of her research and the materials she uses. The students asked many questions about the pandemic, her research and her beginnings in the scientific world.

The Biennal started on the 8th and will last until Sunday, the 13th of June. Many activities related to science will take place around the city, which you can find in the programme. The ICN2 will not stay at the margin of the event. Our participation will include a debate (on June 10) with the participation of Prof. José A. Garrido, leader of the Advanced Electronic Materials and Devices Group, entitled “Nanotecnology: illuminating the mind and the disease”, and a talk (on June 11) by Prof. Pedro Gómez, leader of the Novel Energy-Oriented Materials Group,  within “The Night – Pecha Kucha express: art, science, technology. The Pecha Kucha events (whose name comes from a Japanese term meaning “chit-chat”) are quick and informal talks where speakers present their work and projects in which they are involved.

Finally, on the 13th of June, the ICN2 will participate in two different events. Prof. José A. Garrido will deliver the talk “VRainCom: Discover through virtual reality the graphene sensors that interact with the brain to restore speech”, and Joana Pi-Suñer, of the Marketing and Communication Department, will host a workshop for children called “Art and Nanoscience: Stained glass with nanoparticles, soap bubbles and iridescent colors of butterflies”.


Find all the details about the events and the registration here: Events - ICN2