On May 11th, FECYT participated in the Third EURAXESS Links Conference “Connecting researchers worldwide”. The aim of the conference was to strengthen scientific relations between Europe and Latin American countries.

The ALBA synchrotron, one of the most important scientific infrastructures in the Mediterranean, celebrated last March its birthday. This complex with 270 meters perimeter and located near to Barcelona, ​​allows since 2011 to study the atomic structure and properties of matter thanks to its special ability to accelerate electrons almost up to the speed of light.

How much has the development of new materials influenced the history of humankind? What is the process of materials manufacturing? What advantages and disadvantages have the use of nuclear energy? The Industrial Engineer Miguel García López-Astilleros from Nuclear AMRC of the University of Sheffield visited students from the Spanish School Vicente Cañada Blanch in London in the sixth edition of “Science in the Classroom” to solve these and other questions.

Does the sea hide the future of “green fuel”? Why are microalgae so important to counteract the climatic change? These and other questions were addressed during the fifth session of “Science in the Classroom” on 14th April 2016.

FECYT, in collaboration with the Spanish Researchers in Japan Society (ACE-Japón) and with the Embassy of Spain in Tokyo are issuing a practical guide with relevant information for Spanish researchers that are planning to do work in Japan as researchers.

FECYT is the national coordinator of EURAXESS, an initiative launched in 2004 by the European Commission in support of mobile researchers in which 40 countries currently participate. EURAXESS provides support on practical issues that incoming researchers face when arriving at the country.

The Conference “Career alternatives for researchers” took place on April 5th in Valencia. The aim of the meeting was to present to participants the different career paths that a scientific training and expertise can offer –from the lab to science policy, science dissemination or entrepreneurial activities.

The Industrial Engineer and Software Testing Manager in the British communications company Metaswitch, Ernesto Abad, visited the Spanish School Vicente Cañada Blanch in London on 2nd March 2016.

The First Joint Meeting of Spanish Scientists in the United States was held in Washington DC in September 2015. The report on the meeting, that gathers the abstracts and bios of the speakers, together with the main highlights of the conference, has just been published by FECYT.

Last 4th February, the roundtable “Science Policy in the 20th Century in Spain, Italy and Argentina” was held in London to celebrate the launch of the book entitled “Science Policies and Twentieth Century Dictatorships”, published by Ashgate, that has been recently acquired by the Taylor & Francis Group.


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