Archive of author: ‘Núria Vendrell’

Núria Vendrell

I am a linguist and I work at ICIQ as a coordinator of three research groups: Profs. Bo's, López' and Maseras'. We are known as "the theoretists"
I have worked as a foreign languages teacher and as a translator/interpreter, so most of my blog-posts will be language-related: mainly about scientific writing, tips for researchers who need to make their work known in a clear way in any language (although I will be posting in English) etc.
I have grown to love Science since I started working at ICIQ, so I will share with you news about Science in general (not for experts!) that I hope may be of interest to the broad public.
And last but not least, I have got a quite British-Catalan sense of humour, so I hope to find funny things to share with you too.
Your feedback on my posts will be welcome.
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  • 22/01/2015

    Laguage quote (8)

    “Use the smallest word that does the job.”

    EB White

  • 12/01/2015

    Language quote (7)

    “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”

    Leonardo di Vinci

  • 20/11/2014

    Language quote (6)

    “Grasp the subject, the words will follow.”

    Cato the Elder

  • 10/11/2014

    Effective communication in science

    I would like to share with you an interesting interview in which the popular actor Alan Alda (well, some of you are too young to remember him) talks about communication in science.


  • 04/07/2014

    The Chemistry of Fireworks

    As you may know, the 24th International Fireworks Competition “Ciutat de Tarragona” is taking place this week in Tarragona (until Saturday). You can find information here

    Have you ever wondered about the chemistry behind fireworks? What combination of components make these amazing shows of light, colour and noise possible? If you want to find out, this article is very informative.

    Enjoy the exhibitions today and tomorrow!

  • 20/06/2014

    Language quote (5)

    “The chief virtue that language can have is clearness, and nothing detracts from it so much as the use of unfamiliar words.”


  • 27/05/2014


    Brainstorming: some tips and ideas

    Whether you’re preparing your next group seminar talk, an oral presentation or you need to write a report for your supervisor or a grant proposal (OMG!), a brainstorming session can be useful.

    You can do it on your own or in a group, which is usually very productive.

    The Wikipedia defines “brainstorming” as ”a group or individual creativity technique by which efforts are made to find a conclusion for a specific problem by gathering a list of ideas spontaneously contributed by its member(s).”

    Here are some tips:


  • Language quote (4)

    “Hard writing is easy reading; easy writing is hard reading”

    E. B. White

  • 09/05/2014

    Language quote (3)

    “I believe more in the scissors than I do in the pencil”

    Truman Capote

  • 15/04/2014

    How Can I Turn My Mess of Ideas Into Something Organized and Useful?

    In any kind of scientific communication clarity and simplicity are key, and organisation is definitely the path to simplicity. As Aristotle wrote: “A job well begun is half done”



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