Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships SURF@IFISC 2022
The Institute for Cross-Disciplinary
Physics and Complex Systems (IFISC, UIB-CSIC) announces the 2022 SURF@IFISC
(Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships) program, addressed to undergraduate
students interested in having a first contact with scientific research in the
field of Complex Systems. These scholarships, awarded since 2013, aim at
introducing student fellows to cutting-edge research and complete their
training with practical applications of their knowledge. 6 projects are offered
in one of the leading research centers on Complex Systems worldwide.
The fellowships must be carried out
between June 27th and July 29th for about 150 hours. The research work will
take place at the IFISC institute under the supervision of a faculty
member. Internships have assigned a total
research work of 150 hours, equivalent to four weeks working full time. Each
fellowship provides 500 Euros for students living in Mallorca and 800 Euros for
a 30-day stay otherwise. The minimum requirements comprise at least
120 ECTS credits of an official degree with an averaged qualification equal or
greater than 7/10. The application deadline is April 24th, 2022.
More details can be found at the SURF@IFISC page, where the
online application form can be found.
IOP-IFISC Webinar on ‘Complex Systems Approaches to Information Processing’
IFISC together with the Institute of Physics (IOP), organize a webinar about Complex Systems Approaches to Information
Processing presenting a recent special issue in J. Phys. Complexity edited by Maxi San Miguel, Claudio
Mirasso and Ingo Fischer. The general
topic of the webinar is the subject of the research program of IFISC´s Maria de
Maeztu Unit of Excellence. The webinar (March 8, 3pm CET) will include a round
table discussion on this topic.
The area of information processing
and computing is highly fractionalized. It covers sub-fields in machine
learning, neuroscience, physics, mathematics, computer science, engineering,
biology, social sciences, and more. Not only digital computers, but also
organisms, brains, nonlinear physical, quantum, and socio-technical systems, as
well as artificial neural networks and many other complex systems, carry out
complex information processing.
How systems process, store, and
retrieve information, and how they can even learn to improve on specific tasks
as an interplay of structure and dynamics are fundamental questions at the core
of research in complex systems that we need to answer. Finding answers will
represent the basis to a better understanding, and ultimately to designing
efficient and robust complex information processing systems.
free webinar brings together five different perspectives from this endeavor and
aims to explore the role that complex systems science plays in connecting the
various involved fields.
Wiesner: Professor of Complexity Science, Department of Physics and Astronomy,
University of Potsdam, Germany Hiba
Sheheitli: Postdoctoral Researcher, Institut de Neurosciences des Systèmes,
Inserm and Aix-Marseille University, FranceMarc
Timme: Chair for Network Dynamics, Center for Advancing Electronics Dresden
(CFAED), TU Dresden, Germany Daniel
Gauthier: Professor of Physics at The Ohio State University, USA Roberta
Zambrini: Tenured researcher of the Spanish national research council (CSIC) at
IFISC (UIB-CSIC), SpainAttendance to the webinar requires registration
11F: International Day of Women and Girls in Science 2022. Towards a Gender Equity plan at IFISC
In 2015 the United Nations General Assembly decided to
proclaim 11 February as International Women's and Girls' Day in Science with
the goal of achieving full and equal access to science for girls and women.
At IFISC, a team of students, postdocs, permanent
researchers, administration personnel and technicians, has started to work on
an IFISC gender equity plan. To this end, a survey has been distributed to all
IFISC members in order to gather opinions, experiences and suggestions that can
help in the preparation of the plan. The infographic that accompanies this News
article summarizes the main findings of the survey, where the anonymity of all
answers has been guaranteed and no demographic information has been requested except
for gender. A 92% of the inquired people support this initiative.
The survey provides a good measure of the state of gender-related
aspects at the present time and to identify pressing issues before the preparation
of the IFISC gender equity plan. By comparing the responses to current and
future surveys, one can monitor if the actions that will be included in the
equity plan have any measurable consequences. The survey has been prepared inspired
by the Gender
Equality in Academia and Research (GEAR) tool, which provides universities and research
organisations with practical advice and tools.
The equity team at IFISC is committed to implement
measures to improve the working conditions of all IFISC personnel, with special
attention to underrepresented groups. The answers to the survey indicate that
there is a clear need to raise awareness about equity issues across the
IFISC presents these results within the
11F 2022 program organized by the 11F Balears Platform, whose objective is to
give a face and a voice to women who, from institutions, companies or
individually, develop their professional and academic activity especially in
the field of the STEM sectors.
The complete list of activities that
will be organized in the framework of the 11F can be found in the web 11fbalears.org.