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Monday, 06 May 2019

The Quantum Fellows gather at the CCCB

The Fundació Catalunya/La Pedrera, together with the ICN2 and IFAE, organised on 4 May a gathering event to celebrate the impact of their educational programmes related with physics. Four generations from the Crazy from Physics Programme participated in the event, together with students from other programmes and interacted in the context of the CCCB Quantum exhibit.

It has been fur years since the first Fundació Catalunya/La Pedrera Crazy for Physics programme started running, led by the ICN2 and the IFAE together with the UAB. 100 young excellent students have already benefitted from this opportunity to interact with real research. Last 4 May they also had the chance to meet each other in a gathering event held at the CCCB together with other Physics educational programmes led by Fundació Catalunya/La Pedrera, such as Young ones and Science. The attendees configure the so called Quantum Fellows.

The event consisted of three different parts. It started with a talk by Dr. Giorgi Dvali, director of the Max Planck Institute for Physics in Munich (Germany). He reflected about the information condensed within a black hole and triggered the student’s imagination. A guided visit to the CCCB Quantum exhibit served to have a deeper look to some basic concepts of Quantum Physics. Some Quantum Fellows acted as monitors during the tour. Finally, an open discussion took place to identify the major social challenges faced by modern physics, which will presumably center the efforts of this young generation of Quantum Fellows. Àlex Argemí, ICN2 Head of Marketing and Communication, and Sebastián Grinschpun, Communication and Public Relations Manager at IFAE, participated in the event organisation.

The ICN2 and the IFAE have been collaborating to develop a challenging and inspiring series of activities for the Crazy for Physics Programme. In the context of the Severo Ochoa awards held by both institutions, this effort tries to bring the most brilliant young minds closer to the real science developed in excellence research centers.