Communication & Outreach

One of the main missions of ICMAB is to encourage scientific vocations and increase the general scientific knowledge of the society. Throughout last year, ICMAB continued to offer public engagement and science education activities.

A Communication & Outreach Officer was hired in April 2017 to invigorate the communication program. Its main function is to support the dissemination of the research activity and the impact of the work developed by the ICMAB community.


The ICMAB was deeply engaged with the media in connection with the new findings published by our scientists in high-profile journals and institutional and outreach activities, which led to articles in the press and online media as well as participation by scientists in radio or TV programmes. In particular, our press releases have made it to La Vanguardia, El Periódico, Agencia SINC, Hipertextual, Madrimasd or Nanowerk, to name a few.

Press Releases

  1. The Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Festival 10alamenos9 starts this week with the participation from the ICMAB (19 April 2017)
  2. "Madame du Châtelet and her Instagram followers" at the CSIC (3 May 2017)
  3. ALBA synchrotron enlightens the way sodium-oxygen batteries discharge (7 June 2017)
  4. Materials science to study the origin of life (30 June 2017)
  5. Conflicting evidence for ferroelectricity in Nature (13 July 2017)
  6. Anna Roig, Albus Grifols 2017 Award for a project related with the albumin (24 July 2017)
  7. Mariona Coll, L’Oréal-UNESCO “For Women in Science” Research Award 2017 (24 July 2017)
  8. Identified for the first time a mineral that until now was only present in meteorites (31 July 2017)
  9. Iron oxide nanoparticles stress the cells (7 August 2017)
  10. Turning the microscope upside down to measure the piezoelectricity of materials at the nanoscale (24 October 2017)

Activities for students

A researcher in your classroom (8 sessions in 2017)
  • Rosa Palacín – Escola Joan XIII, L’Hospitalet de Llobregat (8 Feb 2017)
  • Mariona Coll – IES La Plana, Vic (3 April 2017)
  • Esther Barrena – EINA (Centre Universitari de Disseny i Art), Barcelona (April 2017)
  • Miquel Royo – La Salle Bonanova, Barcelona (13 Nov 2017)
  • Alejandro Goñi – Institut Maremar, El Masnou (15 Nov 2017)
  • Juan Luís García Pomer, Cristiano Matricardi, Pau Molet – Institut Gorgs, Cerdanyola (12 Nov 2017)
  • Andrés Gómez – Sant Joan Baptista, Barcelona (29 Nov 2017)
  • Mariona Coll AND Jaume Gázquez – INS Castellar, Castellar del Vallès (15 Dec 2017)

Student stays at ICMAB during July 2017:

  • Joves i Ciència (6 students)
  • Programa Argó UAB (6 students)
  • Students from the Societat Catalana de Química (3 students)
Other courses and visits:
  • Bojos per la física - Mad for physics (Fundació Catalunya La Pedrera) (10 June)
  • Maria Torras (17 Jul 2017) – The Student with the best results in the “Selectivitat” exam visits ICMAB

ESCOLAB – School visits at our center (10 visits in 2017)

  • Summer School Physics – “Nanomaterials for biomedicine” Anna Roig + AFM (Andrés Gómez) + Cleanroom (Marta Riba) + Magnetism (Bernat Bozzo) + TEM (Judith Oró) (21 Jul 2017) – 14 students + 1 teacher
  • IES Consell de Cent de Barcelona – “Els materials del futur per energia” Agustín Mihi + Taller “Energia fotovoltaica” (Martí Gibert, Enrique Pascual) (13 Oct 2017, 10-13 h) – 28 students + 2 teachers
  • IES Pere Calders de Bellaterra – “La cel·lulosa, un material versàtil” Anna Laromaine + Magnetism (Bernat Bozzo) + XRD (Anna Crespi, Joan Esquius) + Lab NN (Sole Roig, Irene Anton) + Cleanroom (Marta Riba) + SoftLab (Amable Bernabé) (17 Nov 2017) – 32 students + 2 teachers
  • Escola Bogatell de Barcelona – “Converteix-te en un detectiu de materials” Judith Oró + AFM (Andrés Gómez) + Minerals (Anna Crespi) + SEM (Anna Esther Carrillo) (24 Nov 2017) – 40 students + 4 teachers
  • Escola Margarida Xirgu de Badalona – “Converteix-te en un detectiu de materials” Judith Oró + AFM (Andrés Gómez) + Minerals (Anna Crespi) + SEM (Anna Esther Carrillo) (01 Dec 2017) – 36 students + 4 teachers
  • Institut Bisbe Sevilla – “Els materials del futur per electrònica” Marta Mas-Torrent + Magnetism (Bernat Bozzo) + Cleanroom (Marta Riba) + SoftLab (Amable Bernabé) + Labs Nanomol (15 Dec 2017) – 19 students + 2 teachers
Dramatised Reading for Women in Science day: Madame Châtelet and her Instagram Followers (Feb-March)
  • Secondary and Primary School Pere Calders (6-7 Feb 2017)
  • ICMAB (3 March 2017)
  • CSIC Delegation (3 May 2017)

Outreach activities

  • Participation in schools for retired people (FUB+GRAN) (March)
  • Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Festival 10alamenos9: organized by many research centers and universities. Talks, seminars, workshops... around nanotechnology. (April)
  • Participation in science fairs:
    • YoMo - Youth Mobile Festival (Feb)
    • Saló de l'Ensenyament (March)
    • 10alamenos9 – Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Festival (April)
    • Festa de la Ciència a Barcelona - Science Festival in Barcelona (May)
    • Exporecerca (May)
    • Pint of Science Festival (May)
    • Barcelona Maker Faire (June)
    • Ciencia en Acción (Oct)
    • Expominer (Nov)
    • Setmana de la ciència - Science week (Nov)

Website and social networks

There is a 100 % increase in the number of users of our website, and a 30% increase in the number of sessions between 2016 and 2017. To be highlighted, on May 2017, we quadrupled the number of users. In addition, the ICMAB rose from the thirteenth to the fourth place in the “Research centres websites ranking” out of a total of 139 CSIC institutes websites. In addition, a 30% increase in followers has been observed in our main social networks, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, in the same period.

Mailing & Intranet

We have updated the Agenda of events, the intranet documents, and created a weekly newsletter with the upcoming seminars and meetings at the ICMAB and at the institutes of the BNC-b and with the latest news.


We have organized:

  • A retirement reception (Vladimir Laukhin)
  • The Institute’s Anniversary Party
  • The Christmas party
  • The Kids’ Day
  • The photo contest FOTICMAB for our staff.

Corporative image & merchandising

We have prepared institutional presentations and posters with information of our RLs, a catalogue and flyers of our activities and of our job opportunities and a welcoming pack for our staff (old-timers and newcomers) consisting of a mug and a bag.

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