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Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Mad for Science 2016 was launched in a massive event

Over 200 students, together with their families and teachers, participated in the launch event of Mad for Science 2016 (Bojos per la Ciència), an initiative to bring High School students closer to real research. ICN2 co-coordinates the Mad for Physics Program, together with IFAE. Àlex Argemí, ICN2 Head of Marketing and Communication, presented the initiative.

Over 500 people, including the more than 200 students, their relatives and their teachers, attended the Mad for Science (Bojos per la Ciència) launch event. The gala was held on January 15, 2016, in Món Sant Benet, a beautiful complex close to Sant Fruitós de Bages (Catalonia, Spain). Mad for Science is a Program organized by the Fundació Catalunya/La Pedrera to bring real research closer to the most brilliant students.

Thanks to this Program, a selected group of High School boys and girls will be able to interact with top researchers and perform their first experiments in a state-of-the art facility. Different programs include an introduction to Biomedicine, Mathematics, Robotics, Economy, Nature, and many more fascinating knowledge areas. Àlex Argemí, Head of the ICN2 Marketing and Communication Department, presented the new activities devoted to Physics, co-coordinated with the Institute for High Energy Physics (IFAE). Personalities such as Joan Guinovart, director de l’Institut de Recerca Biomèdica (IRB Barcelona), or Miquel Àngel Pericàs, director de l’Institut Català d’Investigació Química (ICIQ), presented activities devoted to other science disciplines. Ana de la Osa, from the ICN2 Communication Department, also attended the event together with Sebastián Grinchpun and Alicia Labián, from the IFAE Communication Department.

ICN2 co-coordinates, together with IFAE, the program devoted to physics, Mad for Physics (Bojos per la Física). The program, with the collaboration of the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) and the Alba Synchrotron, consists on an exciting overview of the available technologies to study the universe, both at the nanoscale and the macroscale. IFAE will share data and analysis from huge telescopes and particle colliders. ICN2 will offer an introduction to different ways to sense events at the nanoscale.

The sessions are mainly practical, with a short theoretical introduction. Each session has been carefully designed with members from one research Group, including: Ana Belén González, Adrián Fernández and Jesús Maldonado from the ICN2 Nanobiosensors and Bioanalytical Applications Group; Neus Domingo and Ignasi Fina from the ICN2 Oxide Nanoelectronics Group; Jordi Arbiol, Group Leader of the ICN2 Group of Avanced Electron Nanoscopy; and, Daniel Quesada and Luis Pires, from the ICN2 Nanobioelectronics and Biosensors Group.