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 meaningfully contribute to scientific research.
ICFO organizes workshops and talks for teachers and schools to help integrate this type of activity into the classroom.
For more information on future events like these, stay tuned through our page on Upcoming Events.
A collaborative experiment to investigate the importance of color in light pollution
Not being able to see the stars is just one of the many other consequences of light pollution: changes in ecosystems, wasted energy, effects on our health, etc. The color of artificial light at night is one of the factors that affects any sort of living beings, from plants and animals, to humans.
With NightUp Castelldefels, volunteers equipped only with their own smartphones collected more than 1000 photos that helped scientists to build a color map of artificial light of Castelldefels, showing a reliable and cost-effective method to collect scientific data about colours in light pollution.
The big bell test
Worldwide physics experiments powered by human randomness
ICFO also created and organized The Big Bell Test, which enabled citizen participation in a series of cutting-edge quantum physics experiments that took place on 30 November 2016. These experiments tested the laws of quantum physics, requiring the help of the largest possible number of people. As a result, more than 100,000 people participated in the BIG Bell Test, completing more than half a million times the levels of the video game created to facilitate participation, generating more than 90 million bits, a number that tripled the initial expectations of the scientific team leading the project.
BCN Respira took place in September 2015 that sought to promote the understanding of the properties and behaviour of aerosols in the atmosphere as well as their effects on the environment, involving Barcelona’s citizens in a scientific experiment using their smartphones and light. This initiative was part of the European H2020 project LIGHT2015. Almost 500 measurements were taken in Barcelona, engaging hundreds of citizens.
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...
Learning about photonics in a magical way Light, its nature and its properties are as amazing as they are useful. In our daily life, the things we do, the objects we use, how we generate and harness energy, the way we communicate and how we take care of our health,...
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...
ICFO organizes photonics challenges to promote the opportunities that photonics pose to innovation ICFO creates challenges that give participants the chance to use their own creativity to design, build and test solutions that integrate photonics. These projects are...
Hands on activities customized for target audiences ICFO creates workshops around different STEM topics underlying photonics for different age groups. These hands on activities enable participants to learn about photonics in fun ways. They vary in content and format...
Discover the power of photonics through interactive activities
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