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Thursday, 17 January 2019

Crazy for Physics launches its fourth edition

25 High School students will interact during 16 work sessions with researchers from all the participating excellence centers offering exciting experiences that explore the biggest and the smallest scales of the universe. Coordinated from the ICN2 and the IFAE, Crazy for Physics (Bojos per la Física) also involves the UAB, the ICMAB, the ICFO and the Alba Synchrotron.

The Fundació Catalunya / La Pedrera developed a Program to open the doors of the most influential research institutes to the most excellent High School students. ICN2 and IFAE led in 2016 the successful first edition of Crazy for Physics (Bojos per la Física), an initiative that has grown bigger and stronger year after year involving the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, the ICMAB, the ICFO and the Alba Synchrotron.

On January 11 students from all over Catalonia met at Mon Sant Benet to launch a new edition of Crazy for Science (Bojos per la Ciència), involving 11 different programs covering a wide range of scientific disciplines. The students and their families gathered with the program organisers in an emotive presentation event wich included the participation of Queralt Portell, a former participant of Crazy for Physics.

The fourth edition of Crazy for Physics will allow 25 students to interact during 16 work sessions with researchers from all the participating excellence centers offering exciting experiences that explore the biggest and the smallest scales of the universe. The shared objective is to offer a challenging experience for the students and give them some hints about what does being a researcher in physics mean.

The ICN2 Marketing and Communication Department, through Ana de la Osa and Àlex Argemí, is coordinating the institutional participation in this programme. The long list of Groups that make it possible includes the Electron Microscopy Unit (Belen Ballesteros, Marcos Rosado); the Force Probe Microscopy and Surface Group (Jordi Fraxedas, Maria José Esplandiu); the Inorganic Nanoparticles Group (Neus Bastus, Jordi Piella, Javier Patarroyo); the Nanobioelectronics and Biosensors Group (Daniel Quesada, Amadeo Sena); the Physics and Engineering of Nanodevices Group (Adriana Isabel Figueroa García); and, the Theoretical and Computational Nanoscience Group (Jose Hugo Garcia, Marc Vila). The researchers were involved in the selection process, which stated with 200 candidates, together with the ICN2 Marketing & Communication and Human Resources Departments.