The ICMAB Communication & Outreach Office offers a range of services to effectively disseminate the knowledge generated at the Institute and increase the public engagement of the society. Its goal is to maximize impact across all key stakeholder groups. Its actions are aimed at finding the most effective way to engage a wide range of audiences, from the internal community to industry and schools.
The Communication & Outreach Office is formed in 2020 by Head of Communication Anna May Masnou, and Communication Technician Artur Martínez.
Among its responsibilities are:
During 2020 the Communication & Outreach Office has made a great effort to try to keep the ICMABers in touch, even though the pandemic stroke us in March 2020. All the activities that we planned had to be postponed or changed, and adapted to an online version. We managed to quickly organize online seminars, online events with schools, even we did some Instagram Live chats with some of our staff.
The ICMAB was deeply engaged with the media in connection with the new findings published by our scientists in high-profile journals and institutional and outreach activities, which led to articles in the press and online media as well as participation by scientists in radio or TV programmes. In particular, our press releases have made it to La Vanguardia, El Periódico, Agencia SINC, Phys.Org, Madrimas or Nanowerk, TV3, Catalunya Ràdio, to name a few.
Videos of the ICMAB choir:
Technology Transfer videos:
Research Project videos:
Science Outreach for General Public videos:
The MATHEROES projects, with FECYT and Severo Ochoa funding, in collaboration with Esciencia (Zaragoza), and with the participation of many ICMAB researchers, continued in 2020 with an online Escape Room called Matheroes: The Box. High school students could carry out the activity in teams in school, or even families could do it from home. The idea is to resolve a series of enigmas (related to materials science and nanoscience) to rescue our 5 superheroes from where they are kidnapped.
More than 50 schools participated in the online Escape Room, during the European Researchers’ Night, during the Science Week, and during the whole school year. There are two editions of the escape room: in Catalan and in Spanish.
Moreover, the MATHEROES exhibition continued its tour, and was installed in different places during the year:
This programme allows us to receive the visit of highschool students who spend a morning with us for a science talk and visit to some of our laboratories. Different classes from various institutes visit us to find out what we do at ICMAB. The visit consists of an introductory talk of the center, a scientific talk, and a visit to the laboratories.
We managed to receive some schools at ICMAB before the lockdown:
The weekly newsletter has more than 640 subscribers. In every newsletter we send the latest news from our website, plus the forthcoming events and seminars at the ICMAB or BNC-b cluster, job offers and conferences and meetings organized by our researchers. We have another mailing list only for our staff, and another one for students and young people who might be interested in starting out their research career with us.
We also prepared some guides for our staff, to use correctly the webcam, and to begin using social media (especially Twitter). These can be found in our Intranet.
We have prepared institutional presentations and posters with information of our RLs, a catalogue and flyers of our activities and of our job opportunities. We continue with our welcome pack for our staff (old-timers and newcomers) consisting of a mug, glass bottle and a bag. We also have pens, notebooks, USBs and folders for our conferences and meetings. The Annual Report 2019 was also edited and created by the Communication & Outreach and IT Departments.