Big events

ICFO organizes high-visibility events
linked to major occasions

In the framework of large public events, ICFO creates cultural and artistic events that combine science, literature, light, music or other cultural elements open to society at large to bring photonics into the spotlight.

ICFO regularly participates in Kosmopolis, a biennial literary event that brings together writers, poets, scientists, musicians, filmmakers, playwrights, storytellers, comic-book artists, screenplay writers, journalists, actors, librarians and editors to debate key issues of our present-day reality. This events has been held at the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB) since 2002. In the framework of this festival, ICFO has organized a round table, a talk-poetry workshop-mini concert, and an interactive activity around Alice, the character from the book Alice in Wonderland (italics for title) by Lewis Carroll and that connected the spirit of Alice with the twofold nature of light.

Also, in celebration of the International Year of Light 2015, ICFO inaugurated Barcelona’s light festival, Llum BCN, with an exhibition of illuminated human towers (castellers) by the Colla Jove de Barcelona. Within the same festival, ICFO has participated with a light installation created by British artist Andrew Chappel in colaboration with ICFO, and with “Opening the eyes“, a music, light and ballet show produced by ICFO and perfomed by the company Muralla15.


Books and stories

Creating publications for different audiences ICFO reaches out to all ages through books and other publications that aim at immersing readers in the fascinating world of photonics.   FROM THE BIG BANG TO LASER EXPLORERS IN SPACE lluminado and Lucilda is a series...

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Science through other disciplines ICFO creates multidisciplinary contests that encourage participants to get inmersed in the fascinating world of science and photonics through literature, music and the audiovisual arts. Light on the Waves integrates science,...

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Informative panels, posters and interactive installations to bring science and photonics closer to society ICFO creates exhibitions in different formats about Photonics and its applications, conceived and designed to capture attention, raise interest and increase the...

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Citizens Science

Scientific projects that require the participation of people ICFO encourages society to be part of the scientific community through scientific experiments that require the participation of citizens, raising awareness in an engaging way and allowing everybody to...

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ICFO in fairs and other big events

ICFO participates in science and technology fairs, congresses and other events organized by other organizations with the aim of expanding the reach of our outreach efforts. We create hand-on activities, workshops and intearctive stands and give talks that bring a...

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Guided visits to ICFO

A scientific meeting point for young students ICFO opens its door to interested people, who can visit ICFO's facilities. Visitors will discover the latest advances in the field of photonics developed at ICFO, they will acquire interesting information about the physics...

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Talks, lectures and LIGHTtalks

A scientific meeting point for young students ICFO gives and organizes talks in different formats that are directed to different target audiences. We give the talk in or outside ICFO, at schools, museums, congresses, etc. To see our upcoming talks, please visit the...

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