Mobility Actions, Training and Internationalization

PhD theses 2018

In total, by the end of 2018 the ICMAB graduates amounted 254, and 113 PhD fellows were carrying out their thesis. During 2018, 14 PhD theses were defended, 5 women (36 %) and 9 men (64 %), and of the 25 supervisors of the graduated fellows, 15 were women (60 %) and 10 men (40 %).


Three types of seminars are organized within the ICMAB.

The first and more known ones are the ICMAB Periodical Lectures, organized by the Seminars and Training committee. These biweekly seminars are talks of general interest for the material science community. The invited speakers are selected by the committee among a pool of candidates nominated by scientists of the institute. The goal of these seminars is two-fold: (i) provide a general introduction to a non-specialized audience in that particular topic (speakers are requested to devote at least one third of their presentation to a broad introduction of the field); (ii) stimulate the collaboration with ICMAB researchers or reinforcing them, if already existing.

The second type of seminars are the Invited Seminars: invited researchers that come to the ICMAB to present their research and collaborate with some of our researchers, participate in a conference in the area, etc. This are hosted whenever the invited researcher is available, although most of them are on Mondays.

The third type of seminars are special seminars to commemorate a special day, such as the International Day of Women and Girls in Science or Christmas, for example. An invited speaker expert in a field (not necessarily Materials Science) is proposed by either the staff or the Communication and Outreach committee and invited to give a one-hour lecture for all our staff.

We hosted many seminars during 2018:

  • 17 ICMAB Periodical Lectures
  • 26 Invited Seminars, of which
    • One seminar on “Mileva Maric” for the International Day of Women and Girls in Science (11 February)
    • One seminar to show the “Latest innovations in the Nanoquim Platform and ICMAB Scientific Services”
    • Two seminars to celebrate the Feynman Year at ICMAB
    • One seminar on science dissemination 2.0 to celebrate Christmas at ICMAB

Conferences and meetings

ICMAB researchers have presented their results in more than 139 international meetings and 17 national meetings. Of the communications, 53 were Invited Conferences, 75 Oral Communications, 3 Plenary Talks and 25 Poster Presentations. The conferences are of a broad range of topics: superconductivity, phosphorus, boron and silicon, nanocomposites, materials science, coordination chemistry, nanoparticles’ applications, lithium batteries, organic and hybrid thermoelectrics, cellulose, solid state physics, paramagnetic materials, nanoscience and nanotechnology, low temperature electronics, synthetic metals, molecule-based magnets, medicinal chemistry, semiconductors, etc.

In addition, the researchres organized 3 international conferences, co-organized many symposiums in international conferences and participated in the scientific committees and as chair members, and participated in the SOMMa 100xciencia.3 meeting.

Courses and Workshops

  • Workshops and Summer schools
    Each RL organizes a workshop and/or a summer school per year. Workshops are small conferences that typically last two days and feature international invited speakers. It also gives ICMAB students and young postdocs an opportunity for visibility of their research activity and exposes them to a stimulating international environment. Summer schools are weekly long schools that include lectures and hands-on sessions with international professors and networking activities. In 2018, the RL1 and RL2 organized the summer school “Materials for Energy” (MATENER) on 17-20 September 2018. More than 40 students participated in the event. In addition, the RL3 organized the summer school in the framework of the EU COST action “TO-BE” on Oxide Electronics. The RL5 organized the one-day workshop “Nanomaterials and plants” in collaboration with the CRAG (Center for Research in Agricultural Genomics), and the RL3 co-organized a workshop on Atomic Layer Deposition. ICMAB researchers also collaborated in the organization of two other summer schools: the ICFO school on emerging photovoltaics (in collaboration with ICFO), and the summer school in nanoscience (organized by the UIMP)

  • Complementary skills courses and workshops
    At the ICMAB we also make an effort to offer transversal knowledge to our researchers: skills on scientific presentations, use bibliographic tools, project management or how to protect knowledge through patent filling are essential. Researchers also learn scientific writing and results communication.
  • Support the participation in international conferences
    We financially support the attendance to international conferences for our researchers (especially PhD fellows), so that they can present their research outside the walls of the ICMAB. In the two calls that we opened we were able to support the travels of 14 PhD students, all of them delivering an oral presentation at flagship conferences about materials science.
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