Pint of Science 2023: the festival in Palma that brings science closer to the bar
IFISC and IMEDEA, two CSIC-UIB
institutes located in the Balearic Islands, are organizing the fourth edition
of the Pint of Science Festival in Palma, with the participation of researchers
from the UIB. The event will take place at the
Café A Tres Bandas in Plaza Barcelona, Palma, on 22, 23 and 24 May at
19:00.This outreach festival is held
simultaneously and coordinated in several countries around the world. Spain is
the second country with more participation, filling bars and cities of science
for three consecutive days.
Pint of Science
(PoS), the international science outreach festival that proposes a meeting
between leading researchers and the public in a relaxed and relaxed atmosphere,
the bars, returns to Palma on 22, 23 and 24 May.
institutes will be in charge of organizing this new edition, which will be the
fourth in the Balearic Islands: the Institute of Cross-disciplinary Physics and
Complex Systems (IFISC CSIC-UIB) and the Mediterranean Institute of Advanced
Studies (IMEDEA CSIC-UIB), both located in Mallorca and accredited as units of
excellence María de Maeztu.
In total, 9
scientists from IFISC, IMEDEA and the UIB (Universitat de les Illes Balears)
will explain what research they are carrying out, addressing 3 distinct
thematic areas: Planet Earth, which covers Earth sciences, evolution and
zoology; Our Body, on neurosciences, nutrition and biomedicine; and Our
Society, which addresses sociotechnical systems.
Thus, by entering
the bar, the public will be able to explore how the brain works, dive with the
organisms that inhabit the microscopic world, understand the mechanisms that
will affect the rise in sea level, find out how hoaxes spread through the
observation of a drunk person or decipher what artificial intelligence has to
say in the field of computational flamenco. These and other proposals will be
presented in Palma during the three days of the festival.
The event will take
place on May 22, 23 and 24 at the A Tres Bandas café in Plaza Barcelona, Palma.
All sessions are free and will start at 19:00.
The current affairs and diversity of scientific topics,
components of the festival's program
On Monday 22nd,
IMEDEA will open the festival within the framework of the Ocean Night project
-a CSIC initiative that seeks to raise awareness about the relationship between
our society and the ocean- with three talks ranging from the micro to the macro
scale: first, researcher Marco Polin will open a window to the fascinating
world of microbial motility. Next, Iris Hendricks will immerse us in marine
environments to talk about our great allies against climate change: aquatic
plants. Ángel Amores will close the session by showing us how storms and sea
levels are causing extreme events in our region.
On Tuesday 23rd it will
be the turn of IFISC researchers. With Pablo Rosillo we will be able to
understand, with the help of new computer algorithms, why flamenco continues to
captivate audiences around the world centuries later. On the other hand, with
Manuel Miranda we will learn how to predict things like airplane delays through
a mathematical tool that describes random trajectories, such as those of drunk
people. Finally, with María Martínez we will discover one of the most important
infrastructures in the world, which hides behind a plug. All of them are PhD
students in physics of complex systems.
On Wednesday 24
will close the festival with the research being developed at UIB. Through these
presentations we will learn about the next challenges of modern neuroscience
from Celia Garau, PhD in neurophysiology; the power of perinatal nutrition with
Pere Bibiloni, PhD student; and what does it mean "false thin" with
Carmen Garcia, also a PhD student in fundamental biology and health sciences.
program can be consulted on the PoS festival website:
An international science outreach festival
Pint of Science
(PoS) 2023 will be held on the same dates in 26 countries on 5 continents. PoS
aims, since its creation in 2013 at Imperial College London, to bring
researchers closer to the public, taking advantage of the relaxed and friendly
atmosphere of the bars to facilitate their interaction.
Spain is the second
country with the second highest participation in the world, being held in 54
Spanish cities. Specifically, this 8th edition breaks records again: 537 talks
spread over more than 300 events, with the participation of more than 545
scientists (232 female scientists and 258 male scientists).
In the Balearic
Islands, the first edition was held during 2017 in Palma organized by IFISC
TFG directed by IFISC researchers is awarded by the UIB
The Social Council of the Universitat de les Illes Balears (UIB) has held the sixth edition of the "Premios a los trabajos de fin de grado" aimed at students from all undergraduate studies at the UIB.The end-of-degree project "Partículas y campos en un condensado de Bose-Einstein" carried out by the student Jorge Valencia Gómez has been one of the winners in the category of Physics. The work was supervised by IFISC researchers Emilio Hernández-García and Cristóbal López.The "Premios a los trabajos de fin de grado" aim to give academic recognition to the completion of undergraduate studies, to give value to overcoming personal and economic difficulties through university studies and to encourage the continuation of academic life at the UIB.Photo: UIBEl diari de la UIB
"Women in Quantum" meeting unites senior physicists to address gender equity
The "Women in Quantum" workshop, held from May 1 to 4 in Illetes
(Mallorca) has joined women researchers coming from all Europe and Japan and working
in quantum physics topics ranging from quantum information, to foundations, and
atomic, molecular, and optical systems. The event brought together 19 principal
investigators to share their professional experiences and present the results
of their theoretical and experimental research as well as in the private
Despite efforts to encourage young girls to pursue STEM fields, and
initiatives aimed at supporting female scientists, gender equity remains a
significant challenge in many disciplines, including physics. Furthermore, the
percentage of women physicists decreases at every career stage, and it is
unclear how to promote the presence of women to senior positions, both in
academia and industry. The "Women in Quantum" meeting aimed to assess
the current situation of women in quantum physics and discuss solutions for
achieving gender equity in the field with a focus on a senior career stage. The
intense program of two full days included research presentations, discussions
on personal experiences and debates towards strategies for advancing women in
The organizers Roberta Zambrini (IFISC, UIB-CSIC), Christiane Koch
(Humboldt University of Berlin), and Sabrina Maniscalco (AlgorithmiQ and
Helsinki University) hope that this event will serve as a catalyst for a
coordinated activity towards achieving gender equity in physics and related
Women in Quantum website