The following article appeared in the ERC Newsletter on 26 October 2018. It is about the project #LasCientíficasCuentan, which explalins complex science through the voice of fifteen female ERC grantees in Spain. From ICMAB, Teresa Puig and Marta Mas-Torrent participated in the project, funded by the FECYT and the FGCSIC. They give talks, participate in roundtables, and appear in some videos explaining their research!
Read the full text here, transcribed from the ERC Newsletter (26 Oct 2018):
Meet fifteen women. Fifteen ERC grantees ready to tell their story in simple words. Based in Spain, they all share a passion for science and one common challenge: taking basic science out of the lab and bringing it closer to citizens, via schools, libraries, museums, and prisons.
How can body heat become electricity? Could the neurons behind vision replace those in charge of hearing? How do cells reach the body organs that they form? What can history tell us about tackling modern crises and challenges? “Las Cientificas cuentan” (Women in science count) is a communication campaign funded by Fundación Española de Ciencia y Tecnología (FECYT) and Fundación General CSIC (FGCSIC), and launched by the Brussels’ office of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). The main objective of this initiative, in which female scientists with an ERC grant play the central role, is to bring complex science to the public space and to draw attention also to the challenges that women face nowadays in research.
“As a scientist, it is in your 30s and 40s that you are most productive. It is also at that point that you must choose between the professional competition and your personal life. Why is the scientific career path so competitive, so stressful? Why can we not design it differently, take other criteria into account? Excellence is key, of course, but it should not be measured it in terms of quantity”, explains Neus Sabate, who develops paper-based eco-friendly fuel cells made of organic molecules such as ethanol, glucose or urea.
Nuria Flames, working on Serotonin Related Mental Disorders shares a different experience: “I never felt judged for my gender, only for my competences. But being a scientist and having children is like having two full-time jobs. It is challenging for women and for men. More should be done in this respect”.
Across the country, until the end of November, the grantees share both their science and their reflections at round tables, where different types of audiences, including children, are invited to put their questions forward and to provide their feedback through different means. These informative sessions are supported by a series of short videos, in which the scientists present the challenges of their research projects in a simple and accessible way, sometimes in the same way as they explain these to their own families or friends.
Beyond making science more accessible to the public, the campaign goal is also to highlight EU’s support for basic research through grants like those of the ERC.
On Monday, 24 September, this article appeared in the printed version in the newspaper “El Periódico”, both in the Spanish and Catalan version. The article is written by the journalist Valentina Raffio, and features our SUMAN researcher, Teresa Puig, in the framework of the project #LasCientíficasCuentan, an initiative by CSIC-Brussels and funded by the FECYT. We transcribe here the text.
Watch here the video of the ULTRASUPERTAPE project, the ERC Advanced Grant project awarded to Teresa Puig, explained here in plain words for everyone to understand!
Teresa Puig gave on Wednesday, September 19, the talk about her ERC project at the Biblioteca Sagrada Família (Barcelona). On Friday, September 21, she will participate in a roundtable discussion with other researchers, about the role of women in science (Residència d’Investigadores del CSIC (Barcelona), 6 pm).
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The project “Las Científicas Cuentan” is an initiative of the CSIC Delegation in Brussels financed by the FECYT. The aim of the project is to bring basic science to the general public, through the story of women scientists who have been awarded with a ERC project during the past years. From SUMAN, Teresa Puig (ERC-Advanced Grant) participate in the project.
The presentation will be on Wednesday, September 19 in Barcelona with a talk by Teresa Puig on superconducting materials (7 pm).
Videos, talks and roundtables are the outcomes of this project, which will have its kick-off on Friday, September 14, in Madrid. Teresa will participate in a roundtable on “Women in science” in Barcelona on Friday, 21 September. More details below.
The kick-off of the project will take place on Friday, September 14, 2018, at 10 am at the “Biblioteca Pública Municipal Eugenio Trías – Casa de Fieras del Retiro” in Madrid, and will count with the opening by Elena Domínguez (CSIC Vicepresident of International Relations), the presentation of the project by Jorge Velasco (CSIC Delegate in Brussels), with talks and videos by some of the researchers involved in the project (Ángela Nieto (CSIC-UMH), Leonor Peña (IH-CSIC), and with a roundtable from Pilar López Sancho (Women in Science Committee at CSIC) and Pilar López García (Agencia Estatal de Investigación).
The presentation in Barcelona (Biblioteca Sagrada Família, 7 pm) will be on Wednesday, 19 September, and will count with the presentation of the project by Irina Márquez and Berta Martínez (CSIC in Brussels), and with the video and talk by Teresa Puig on the “ULTRASUPERTAPE” project on superconducting materials.
Head of the “Superconducting and Large Scale Nanostructures” (SUMAN) group at ICMAB
ERC-Advanced Grant “Ultrafast growth of ultrahigh performance superconducting tapes (ULTRASUPERTAPE)”
Date: Wednesday, 19 September 2018
Time: 7 pm
Venue: Biblioteca Sagrada Família (c/ Provença 480, Barcelona)
Teresa Puig (ICMAB), Marta Mas-Torrent (ICMAB), Carme Torras (IRI-UPC), Neus Sabaté (IMB-CNM)
Date: Friday, 21 September 2018
Time: 6 pm
Venue: Residència d’Investigadores del CSIC, Barcelona
Coordination of the project: CSIC Delegation in Brussels
Financed by: FECYT (Fundación Española para la Ciencia y la Tecnología) – Ministerio de Ciencia, Innovación y Universidades
Cofinanced by: Fundación General CSIC
Support: European Research Council (ERC)
“Las Científicas Cuentan” es un proyecto que prevé acercar la ciencia básica o fundamental a la sociedad general, a través del relato de las científicas que ha
n obtenido un proyecto del Consejo Europeo de Investigación, que es el organismo europeo que financia la ciencia que se encuentra en la frontera del conocimiento.
En todas las acciones de divulgación previstas, el papel protagonista lo tiene por un lado la mujer científica y por otro, la sociedad que se encuentra más alejada de estos círculos de conocimiento. La propuesta plantea la realización y difusión de micro vídeos resumen de los proyectos de las investigadoras y un ciclo de mesas redondas repartidas por todo
el territorio nacional en las que investigadoras beneficiarias de proyectos ERC van a contar sus proyectos en un lenguaje de fácil comprensión.
Tras la celebración de cada una de estas charlas los asistentes van a interpretar la información dada de los proyectos, bien a través de dibujos, comentari
os o reflexiones. Además, todo este feedback se va a recoger en una agenda para el año 2019 que se distribuirá por diferentes sectores de la sociedad.
El proyecto va a dar a conocer la ciencia que financia Europa y va a explicar cómo “la ciencia fundamental” no está tan alejada de nuestra vida diaria. El objetivo principal es crear espacios de encuentro en los que personas pertenecientes a ámbitos muy diferentes se reúnen y se descubren.
My name is Max and I am a material scientist from Dresden, Germany. I will continue my work on superconducting tapes as PostDoc in the ULTRASUPERTAPE project under the supervision of Prof. Teresa Puig and I look forward to learn from and collaborate with you!
Also I like sports (running, riding bike and Judo) and travelling sunny countries ;)
You can find him at 1.32 office, next to Mariona Coll!
Engaging one of the European Magnetic Field Laboratory (EMFL), two members of the SUMAN group, Dr. Joffre Gutierrez and the PhD student Artur Romanov, departed for a week to the Laboratoire National des Champs Magnétiques Intenses (LNCMI) in Grenoble.
The provided 36 T magnetic fields at LNCMI allow research at conditions usually not available at scientific facilities. With this stay, our group achieved first step stones towards the goal to link transport measurements with vortex dynamics of both commercially available tapes and ICMAB grown thin films at extreme conditions.
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