The Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST) will be bringing together 100 female researchers and technologists in a training and networking session next Thursday, 7 February, at the Barcelona Science Park. IRB Barcelona will be participating in this event.
The gathering is devoted to the preparation of the talks that the scientists will be giving around Catalonia on the International Day of Women and Girls in Science (11 February) and to ‘fostering a sense of community’ to reinforce the role of women as scientific and social leaders.
The mayor of Barcelona, Ada Colau, will be opening the event, which forms part of the Biennial City and Science Programme.
From 7 to 11 February, the general public will have the opportunity to participate in activities related to ageing, nanoscience and climate change, among others.
IRB Barcelona will be taking part in the Biennal event through three initiatives that target the public.
In research, thorough investigation and detailed information are everything. The difference between a functional and dysfunctional cellular structure can be in the scale of nanometers and being able to perceive this difference can change the way we go about tackling a scientific question. To provide the scientific community with the means to perform microscopy at the highest resolution available, IRB Barcelona has recently invested in state-of-the-art Super Resolution (SR) technology, or Nanoscopy, with the acquisition of a Carl Zeiss Elyra PS1 Airyscan system, which enables 3D SR microscopy and SR for in vivo samples.
The Elyra-Airyscan equipment responds to the...
This activity, developed in collaboration with BIST, will allow participants to learn how and why DNA is studied, and what genetic mutations are and how they relate to cancer.
Also, they will have the opportunity to use a reconstruction of a Light Sheet Microscope made of LEGO.
Jeffrey M. Perkel, Nature's technology editor, writes an article on smartphone science. The article appears today in the 4 May issue of Nature magazine. The article focuses on mobile phones and how these devices are helping to take conventional laboratory-based science into the field, the classroom and the clinic.
Among other examples, Perkel discusses the work performed by Julien Colombelli, manager of the Advanced Digital Microscopy Core Facility at IRB Barcelona, who has combined, together with colleagues at...
On the occasion of the official presentation of LegoLish-Mot (Lego Light Sheet Microscopy-Motorized) during the Youth Mobile Festival (YoMo), Euskadi's Radio channel EiTB talks to Lídia Bardia, Research Officer with the Advanced Digital Microscopy Facility at IRB Barcelona. LegoLish-Mot is an innovative light sheet microscope (a kind of microscope that illuminates the sample with a sheet of light) built with Lego blocks.
"The fact that it is built with Lego blocks fascinates young students and will hopefully motivate future talents in science. Also, LEGOLish-Mot costs much less than a commercial microscope," stresses the researcher. "The students are...
Various media, including the newspaper “La Vanguardia”, have made reference to IRB Barcelona's participation in the Youth Mobile Festival (YoMo) through a workshop on a fluorescence microscope made of Lego blocks. This event, which will be held today, will be given by Julien Colombelli, co-inventor of the microscope and Core Facility Manager of the Advanced Digital Microscopy Laboratory at the institute.
“We have managed to remove the optical complexity from the microscope and bring a Lego-based system that offers students the possibility to take images or videos themselves with their own mobile phones, yet functioning in 3D and using fluorescence on real biological samples,”...
The RNE programme "Entre paréntesis" interviews Julien Colombelli, manager of IRB Barcelona's Advanced Digital Microscopy Laboratory, on the occasion of the official presentation of LegoLish-Mot (Lego Light Sheet Microscopy-Motorized) during the Youth Mobile Festival (YoMo) Barcelona.
Julien Colombelli, co-inventor of the microscope, explains that “building a research microscope from Lego blocks will hopefully motivate kids to discover an innovative light sheet microscope (a kind of microscope that illuminates the sample with a sheet of light)". It is a unique project that brings the latest 3D imaging technology to students.
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Telefónica's blog on technology, science and innovation, Think Big, devotes an article to IRB Barcelona's “Biomedicine close up” activities that will be presented at the first YoMo Barcelona on 1 March (from 09:30 to 16:30).
At YoMo, IRB Barcelona will launch a fluorescence microscope named LegoLish-Mot (Lego Light Sheet Microscopy-Motorized), and will present interactive activities using optical microscopes to allow students to observe biological samples of tissues in healthy and diseased states (cancer and diabetes), as well as development disorders in the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster.