Category: ‘General Stuff’

  • 23/04/2015

    Sant Jordi 2015: ICIQ staff recommendations

    Sant Jordi in Catalonia is a big day in which people use to give a book and a rose. As every year, we have asked our colleagues to recommend a book they enjoyed and these are their suggestions. We hope you like them and, if you want, you can add your own recommendations. (more…)

  • 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!

  • 27/05/2014

    Brainstorming

    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:

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  • 23/04/2014

    Sant Jordi 2014: ICIQ staff recommendations

    Sant Jordi in Catalonia is a big day in which people use to give a rose and a book. As we did last year, we have asked our colleagues to recommend a book they liked and these are their suggestions. We hope you like them and, of course, you can add your own recommendations in the comments. (more…)

  • 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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  • 05/03/2014

    Play more, please !

    Almost one year after my last (and first) post … not very active here, so it is already time for a new post. (more…)

  • 19/12/2013

    Happy Chemistmas!

    Wishing all our followers, ICIQ researchers and staff very happy (and well-deserved!) holidays!!!!!!!!

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  • 06/05/2013

    Researchers are people

    When I was a kid I thought of Scientific Research  as the last frontier, the highest endeavor in the search for the first principles of life and nature. Only intelligent, smart, honest and truth-loving human beings could dare to jump on such a wonderful journey. (more…)

  • 26/04/2013

    Space’s playing a symphony

    You can listen to how space sounds according to Vicinanza in “Space Sounds” on Discover magazine online. (more…)

  • 23/04/2013

    ICIQ staff recommendations for Sant Jordi

    Sant Jordi is also known as the ‘Day of the book’ or the ‘Day of the Rose’.
    In Catalonia is similar to Valentines’ Day with some unique twists that reflect the antiquity of the celebrations. Historically, men gave women roses and women gave men a book to celebrate the occasion—”a rose for love and a book forever.” (more…)

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