Last Thursday saw the kick-off meeting at IBEC of the Connect-EU Nanobio+Nanomed Working Group (WG). An initiative that aims to promote and reinforce Catalan participation in the EU’s instruments for research funding such as FP7 and the future FP8, the Connect-EU network of WGs covers a range of sectors, from the internet of the future to food technology and processing.
Eduard Torrents, senior researcher in IBEC’s Microbial Biotechnology and Host-pathogen Interaction group, has been announced as a recipient of the 2010 Pablo Motos award from the Federación Española de Fibrosis Quística (Spanish Association of Cystic Fibrosis) this week.
The new year sees the launch of IBEC’s newsletter, INSIDEIBEC. This quarterly bulletin will be a roundup of scientific, institutional and project news, and features covering IBEC’s personnel and their achievements. It will also serve as a reference about forthcoming scientific activities such as seminars and workshops, training opportunities and events from the social side of the IBEC community.
In the beautiful surroundings of Academy House on Rambla dels Estudis last night, IBEC director Josep Planell was elected as Academician of the Royal Academy of Science and Arts of Barcelona (RACAB).
The lucky winners of the Image of the Year 2010 competition received their prizes today.
Alícia Casals, head of IBEC’s Robotics group and one of the researchers included in the exhibition “16 Catalan Women Scientists” (16 científiques catalanes), will take part in a round table discussion with other participants on 14 December entitled “Women, Society and Science: Breaking the glass ceiling”.
Tackling tissue morphogenesis in humans
25% of European patients waiting for an organ donor die before one can be found, and in an average year the number of available donors corresponds to about 15% of the number needed. Solutions to this and other problems related to degenerative disease and regenerative medicine are being addressed by the EU project AngioScaff, which is having its annual meeting in Barcelona this week.
On 29-30 November IBEC will have a strong presence at NANOJASP 2010, a new international conference organized by Institut Català de Nanotecnologia (ICN) and Kanagawa Academy of Science and Technology (KAST) and held at Barcelona´s Casa de Convalescència.
This week IBEC will be hosting the 8th meeting of the Molecular Microbiology group of the Sociedad Española de Microbiología (SEM). The congress will offer the chance for participants to learn about noteworthy advances in the field and to discuss the particular trends and challenges in this area.
On Sunday 24 October, 21 women scientists and staff from IBEC struggled out of bed at an ungodly hour to take part in Barcelona’s sixth annual Carrera de la Mujer, a five-kilometre race through the streets in aid of charity.