Mater is a Fomento de las Artes y del Diseño (FAD) project for the Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Trade, born from the increasing importance of materials in the development of our society. It starts with the exhibition “Mater in progress. New materials, new industry”, which revolves around innovation and technological development through materials, and is on show at the Sala de Exposiciones FAD (plaça dels Àngels 5-6), from February 8 until April 28, 2008.
El Dr. Pau Gorostiza, cap del grup de recerca en Nanosondes i nanocommutadors de l’IBEC, ha rebut una Starting Grant de l’ERC per estudiar la neurosecreció per control remot d’exocitosi i endocitosi amb llum.
On November 7, 2007, the public presentation of the IBEC was held within the framework of the IBEC Bioengineering and Nanomedicine Symposium 2007. The event took place at the Antoni Caparrós Auditorium in the Parc Científic de Barcelona, with an excellent attendance of about 180 professionals.
IBEC’s Bionanophotonics research line, led by Prof. María García-Parajo, together with researchers from Mesa+ Institute for Technology of the University of Twente (The Netherlands), the Nijmegen Center for Molecular Life Sciences (The Netherlands) and the Institute of Photonic Sciences (Barcelona) have been given the cover page of the July 16 ChemPhysChem issue (Volume 8 Issue 10).
The prestigious reference textbook Molecular Cell Biology (Lodish et al.) has selected for its 6th edition (2008) a figure from the researcher at the nanobioengineering laboratory at the IBEC, Dr. Xavier Fernández-Busquets. Thanks to this important recognition of scientific excellence, the IBEC is the only Spanish institution appearing in the acknowledgements of the textbook, out of a total of 150 universitites and research centres.
Ruth Diez-Ahedo, PhD student at IBEC, has received the best poster award for her poster entitled “Tailored ICAM-1 patterned surfaces to study the nano-scale organisation of the adhesion receptor LFA-1”, granted by the European Science Foundation (ESF) and European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) Symposium on Biological Surfaces and interfaces that took place in Sant Feliu de Guixols, Spain, from July 1-6, 2007.
The Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia launches its new web site, a new communication tool for IBEC intended to open a door to knowledge regarding bioengineering and aiming to act as an international reference.
IBEC organises the 2nd European Meeting on Cell Mechanics on September 26-28, 2007 at Sala Agora in Cosmocaixa (Barcelona).
The 13th European Congress on Biotechnology will take place at Palau de Congressos in Barcelona from 16 to 19 September 2007.