Be an icfonian for a day

Live frontier research
together with other women in STEM

Are you a woman* in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Undergraduate or Master program? Are you curious of what the daily life of a researcher looks like? Would you like to have the chance to chat with a bunch of scientists and share your doubts and questions with them? This is the program for you!

The program, integrating 4 events spread throughout the academic year, will allow you to:

  • get to know ICFO researchers and familiarize with the feeling of frontier research;
  • experience the daily life of an ICFOnian;
  • get inspiration for your future career in STEM;
  • create a network with peers and ICFOnians;
  • become part of the ICFO family!


* We welcome cis and trans women as well as genderqueer and non-binary people.


The program is directed to women* in STEM Undergraduate and Master programs, aiming at bringing them closer to the opportunities and reality of careers in deep tech.

* We welcome cis and trans women as well as genderqueer and non-binary people.



three women working in a photonics lab


Be an ICFOnian for a day is an annual program and consists of 4 dedicated events throughout the academic year.


Welcome to icfo
(September 2023)

During this event, we will present the program and we will introduce you to the team you will be assigned to. You will also engage in an entertaining group activity to get to know ICFO and the research done at the center.

Be an ICFOnian for a day
(to be scheduled between October 2023 and June 2024)

This is the core activity of the program, from which it takes its name! In pairs or small teams, you will stay with an ICFO research group and have the opportunity to see the lab and offices, interact with the scientists, and experience their daily life.

Career development & networking
(February/March 2024)

During this event, you will discover career opportunities and grow your network with the ICFOnians and other participants of the program.
This event will take place during the Women in Science month, an initiative by ICFO to increase the visibility of female scientists and inclusion at the workplace.

A bright future in photonics
(June 2024)

During the closing event of the program, you will have a sneak-peak of the multitude of multidisciplinary prospects enabled by photonics and the opportunity to develop transferable skills that will be useful for your career progression!

In addition to these events, participants will have the opportunity to join the career development and training programs hosted by ICFO during the duration of the program and beyond. We will also to create an alumni community, enabling a network between the participants of different editions.

Participants will be given priority and preference for the ICFO – Summer Fellows Program through two designated slots.

ICFO is a cutting-edge research center that attracts talent from all around the world. Being an ICFOnian means communicating primarily in English, therefore these events will be all in English!




Deadline for application submission: July 17, 2023 (extended)

Communication of acceptance: before July 31, 2023

students working with a laptop at ICFO


Welcome to ICFO: Second half of September 2023 (date to be announced)

Be an ICFOnian for a day: to be scheduled between October 2023 and June 2024

Career development & networking: February/March 2024 (date to be announced)

A bright future in photonics: June 2024 (date to be announced)



Participation in the program is free of charge.

If you would like to be an ICFOnian for a day, please submit your application by filling this form by July 18, 2023. Through this questionnaire we will start to get to know you, your motivations and interests.

During the program you will be paired with at least another student for some of the program activities. Although applications are individual, feel free to engage your friends and let us know in the form who you would like to be paired with!

All participants are required to attend all the organized events in person.

Should you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact us at!

woman working in the lab


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