The Aragon Nanoscience and Materials Institute joins the International Day of Women and Girls in Science with an extensive programme of activities
The aimf 11F is to promote activities that, by making the work of women scientists visible, commemorate this day, encourage scientific vocations in girls and contribute to closing the gender gap in science.
The Aragon Nanoscience and Materials Institute, a joint CSIC-UNIZAR institute, is participating in this initiative by offering different informative activities that will take place in “Ámbito Cultural”, the area of El Corte Inglés that seeks to bring the best of the cultural scene to all citizens
Various talks and workshops will also be held in educational centres in the city of Zaragoza
The Aragon Nanoscience and Materials Institute (INMA), a joint institute of the University of Zaragoza and the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), in its work to disseminate and promote scientific culture in favour of equality, is once again participating in the celebration of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science with the main objective of making visible, inspiring and promoting the participation of women and girls in the field of science. On this occasion, the programme of activities will largely take place in the “Ámbito Cultural”, the area of El Corte Inglés in Zaragoza that aims to bring the best of the cultural scene to the public.
This initiative, proclaimed in 2016, arose as a determination of the United Nations General Assembly. The purpose was none other than to achieve access and full and equal participation in science for women and girls, as well as to advocate for their empowerment and gender equality.
As part of this proposal, the INMA presents a series of informative activities that include a nanoscience exhibition, a round table, various workshops and a series of scientific talks aimed at schools.
Until 28 February, the exhibition “NanoAsalto” will be on display at the Ámbito Cultural El Corte Inglés in Zaragoza. It is an entertaining and fun exhibition project that explores the relationship and potential that exists between nanoscience and art with the aim of bringing society closer to innovation in the field of nanoscience and nanotechnology from an artistic perspective. Developed with the collaboration of the Urban Art Festival “Asalto”, the proposal analyses different nanoscience phenomena from the collaboration of research and art.
The opening was attended by the artist Hugo Casanova and INMA researcher Raluca Fratila.
Visiting hours can be consulted at the following link: https://bit.ly/3jC0teB.
Can you imagine having to use nanoscience in a world populated by dinosaurs? Through these workshops, on Friday 3 February, two workshops took place in which participants learned about nanoscience and critical thinking to fight against disinformation. The aim is to train them in the search for solutions developed by their own means, enabling them to think critically and be able to make better decisions.
The workshop took place in the Cultural Area of El Corte Inglés in Zaragoza.
On Wednesday 8 February, from 10:30 am to 11:30 am, will be held in the hall of the Cultural Area of El Corte Inglés in Zaragoza a round table with the participation of different INMA researchers who will talk about the different research they do, making visible their work in science and promoting scientific vocations in young women. Participants will include María Ángeles Laguna, CSIC senior scientist; Sara Lafuerza Bielsa, PhD in physics and Marie Curie postdoctoral researcher; and María Cristina Momblona, PhD in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology and Juan de la Cierva postdoctoral researcher.
The winners of the latest edition of the educational project “FEnanoMENOS”, belonging to IES Clara Campoamor, in which nanoscience and nanotechnology projects are developed, will also contribute to this round table.
Did you know that magnetic nanoparticles are being used to cure diseases? Studying what magnetic nanoparticles are used for may seem complicated, but this workshop will use art to explore the subject in depth. Experiments will be carried out to understand what nanoparticles are and what their functions are. There will also be experiences in the plastic and performing arts to better understand what these materials are and what makes them so special.
The activity will take place in the Cultural Area of El Corte Inglés in Zaragoza and is aimed at a mixed audience (families with parents and children, general public interested in the subject, the workshop will be held on Friday 17 February at 18:00h in a single pass and registrations can be made through the link https://pitiflu.elcorteingles.es/.
Talks INMA 11F: Women in Science
On the other hand, INMA researchers will develop outreach talks for schools of pre-school, primary and secondary education that will take place throughout the month of February. These talks will be given in person at the schools CEIP Tenerías, IES Clara Campoamor, IES Elaios, IES Río Ebro, La Salle Gran Vía and Colegio Claretianas.
María Moros is a Ramón y Cajal researcher at INMA. In 2020 her Sirocco project to enhance tissue regeneration with magnetic nanoparticles was awarded a prestigious grant from the European Research Council. His research focuses on the synthesis of nanoparticles for biomedical applications.
He will focus on his research in biomedicine, and will talk about the great potential of nanoparticles to detect diseases such as cancer at earlier stages and to improve some treatments. Nanoparticles, due to their small nanometric size, have a series of special characteristics that can provide great advantages.
The activity, with free entrance until full capacity is reached, will take place on 8 February at 19:00h in the Ámbito Cultural of El Corte Inglés in Zaragoza.
Other activities are also planned, such as talks and demonstrations at the Public Library of Huesca between Monday 6 and Friday 10, the competition Women, science and video games together in the Hi Score Science competition – science for women, which will take place on 11 February at 11 am at the ETOPIA building in Zaragoza, organised together with the Institute of Chemical Synthesis and Homogeneous Catalysis (ISQCH), a joint institute of the University of Zaragoza and the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), the Zaragoza Knowledge Foundation, Etopia Art and Technology Centre and the Open Innovation Laboratories CESAR of the University of Zaragoza (registration: https://bit.ly/3x6ubve) and participation in the University of Zaragoza’s project “Científica en Tu Barrio” in Your Neighbourhood).
The The Aragon Nanoscience and Materials Institute, INMA, a joint institute of the Spanish National Research Council, CSIC, and the University of Zaragoza, UNIZAR, aims to carry out, in a collaborative framework, research and technological development activities in the field of Nanoscience, Nanotechnology and Materials Science and Technology and its international projection. To contribute to the progress and increased competitiveness of the productive sector through the national and international dissemination of the knowledge generated and the transfer of its results, improving the living conditions of society. To promote scientific culture by disseminating its activities to society and, in turn, to ensure that the research carried out has an impact on improving university teaching, and vice versa.