A scientific thriller and live music this month in “De copas Con Ciencia”

A scientific thriller and live music this month in “De copas Con Ciencia”

De copas con ciencia is an initiative of the research institutes, the Instituto de Síntesis Química y Catálisis Homogénea (ISQCH) and the Instituto Nanociencia y Materiales de Aragón (INMA), both joint centres of the CSIC and the University of Zaragoza, which aims to satisfy the scientific curiosity of the general public in a relaxed, entertaining and fun way during leisure time by bringing it to the bars. The activity, which this month brings together science, microchips and music, is aimed at everyone with a scientific curiosity, from high school students to senior citizens and people with no specific training in science.

The session, with free admission, will take place on 27 January at 20:00 in the Magic Basement, Calle San Pablo 43, Zaragoza (http://elsotanomagico.com/) and will be repeated periodically on the last Thursday of each month. During these sessions, topics related to chemistry and materials science such as nanotechnology, the environment, crystallography, physics, space, etc. will be discussed.

The next session, which will take place on Thursday 27 January, will feature two great researchers and highly prestigious disseminators:

– “The microchip that knew too much” – José María de Teresa (INMA)
After the success of “Memorias de un microchip” and “El microchip indiscreto”, Deteresa Productions presents its latest creation, “El microchip que sabía demasiado”, a thriller based on a device that camouflages itself in the folds of the brain to read our thoughts and dig into our subconscious.
José María de Teresa is a researcher at the Instituto de Nanociencia y Materiales de Aragón, currently focusing his work on new methods of nanofabrication that could be useful for future microchips. He is a distinguished member of the American Physical Society and president of the Condensed Matter Physics Division of the European Physical Society. He has recently published the science fiction novel “2037. Paraíso neuronal”, which focuses on the field of neurotechnology, and is peppered with fictionalised historical facts, noirish passages and a good dose of reflection on the ethical challenges of this new technology.

– “Chemistry and Music, the odd couple” – José María Fraile (ISQCH)
Although music and chemistry seem to have very little in common, if you dig a little you can find points in common. The talk will review three aspects of this relationship, the role of chemistry in the “production” of musical sounds, musicians-chemists or chemists-musicians, and the presence of chemical themes in songs of different styles.
José María Fraile is a research scientist at the CSIC and director of the ISQCH. His research has focused on Heterogeneous Catalysis applied to Organic Synthesis and its relationship with Sustainable Chemistry, and more recently to the transformation of renewable raw materials and waste, within the context of the Circular Economy. He has published more than 180 scientific articles and has supervised 12 doctoral theses. In his (scarce) free time, he tries to make something that sounds like music.

In addition, during the session there will be a face-to-face competition Hi Score Science, aimed at the general public, which will reward the scientific knowledge acquired by those attending the session with the book “2037. Paraíso neuronal”- MIRA EDITORES, by José María de Teresa.

Hi Score Science is a game of questions and answers about science, in Spanish and English, for mobile devices, iOS and Android that is developed between the two research institutes, the ISQCH and the INMA, which allows to include informative explanations of the scientific reality that lies behind each of the answers. The game can be downloaded free of charge and without advertising in the Apple Store and Play Store and for Windows, iOS and Linux at www.HiScoreScience.org. In addition, the application allows users to participate in the project by sending their own questions via a dedicated website www.hiscorescience.org. All questions received and finally published will retain the authorship of the person who submitted the question. Hi Score Science has received the first prize in the international contest of Science in Action in the category “Science Teaching Materials in Interactive Support” (IBM Award), the D+I TOP SEAL, a national recognition that rewards the best projects of INCLUSIVE SCIENTIFIC DISCLOSURE and has been nominated for the THIRD MILLENNIUM AWARDS in the category “Dissemination in Aragon”.


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De Copas Con Ciencia


Jan 27 2022


20:00 - 22:00

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