Special “De Copas con Ciencia”, Scientific Christmas carols edition, this month at El Sótano Mágico

Special “De Copas con Ciencia”, Scientific Christmas carols edition, this month at El Sótano Mágico

This Wednesday, December 20th, a new session of “De Copas con Ciencia” will take place, which, on this occasion, will focus on Christmas and will include live music with the performance of original scientific Christmas carols.

De copas con ciencia is an initiative that aims to satisfy the scientific curiosity of the population in a relaxed, entertaining and fun way during leisure time by bringing it to the bars. The activity is aimed at anyone with a scientific curiosity, without the need for specific training in science, and aims to be a meeting point for science lovers in order to facilitate the creation of scientific debates between experts and the general public.

The activity is organised by the research institutes, ISQCH (Instituto de Síntesis Química y Catálisis Homogénea) and INMA (Instituto de Nanociencia y Materiales de Aragón), both joint centres of the CSIC and the University of Zaragoza, and will be repeated periodically on the last Thursday of each month, although on this occasion, due to the Christmas holidays, it will be moved to Wednesday 20 December. During these sessions, topics related to chemistry, nanotechnology and materials science will be discussed.

The next special Christmas session, with free admission, will take place on 20 December at 20:00 pm in El Sótano Mágico, Calle San Pablo 43, Zaragoza and will feature researchers, José María Fraile, researcher and director of ISQCH, and Simon Hettler researcher at INMA:

“Carols on electrical measurements in nanomaterials within the electron microscope”: Simon Hettler researcher at the University of Zaragoza in INMA

In the talk we can see through a carol with video processes to carry out electrical measurements in (nano) materials within an electron microscope. Electron microscopy allows us to study materials at atomic resolution and the combination with electrical measurements opens up many new possibilities. With the help of many pictures and videos we will see in detail how these studies are carried out in a practical way and get to understand the meaning of the scientific lyrics of the Christmas carol.

Simon Hettler obtained his PhD in physics in Karlsruhe, Germany for a methodological work on electron microscopy. In 2018 he came to the Advanced Microscopy Laboratory, now part of the Institute of Nanoscience and Materials of Aragon (CSIC-University of Zaragoza), and has since worked on several postdoctoral projects related to electron microscopy and nanomaterials, including a Marie-Curie European fellowship.

Winners of the 1st ISQCH Scientific Christmas Carols Competition

During the session, the carols of the 1st Scientific Carols Competition created by the ISQCH will be announced and performed. There will be two categories of competition, one aimed at secondary and high school students and the other aimed at the general public-adults. The deadline for submitting carols is Monday 18 December. The rules are available at https://bit.ly/40RtgwU

Launch of the ISQCH Christmas Carol – José María Fraile – CSIC researcher at ISQCH and director of ISQCH

During the session, the ISQCH Christmas carol composed by Guillermo Canudo, CSIC pre-doctoral researcher at ISQCH and adapted by José María Fraile, who will perform it live, will be presented.

José María Fraile Dolado is a scientific researcher 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 190 scientific articles and has supervised 12 doctoral theses.

The session will be complemented by a face-to-face Hi Score Science competition aimed at the general public, which will reward the scientific knowledge acquired by those attending the session.

Hi Score Science is a game of questions and answers about science, in Spanish and English, for mobile devices, iOS and Android and for Linux, Windows and iOS, which is developed between the two research institutes, the ISQCH and the INMA, which allows the inclusion of informative explanations of the scientific reality behind each of the answers. The game can be downloaded free of charge and without advertising at Apple Store https://goo.gl/q1NjKy and Play Store: https://goo.gl/GgWq6N and for Windows, iOS and Linux at www.HiScoreScience.org. In addition, the app allows users to participate in the project by submitting their own questions via a dedicated website www.hiscorescience.org.


Announcing poster




Dec 20 2023


20:00 - 21:00

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