photonics in 5 minutes!

International day of women and girls in science

february 9, 2024

10:30 CET

Immerse yourself in the world of photonics thanks to 4 ICFO female scientists, who will tell in 5 minutes in an attractive and inspiring way why photonics is important for their research and society in general. You can also send them your questions about science and their careers.

This event is aimed at students between 9th and 12th grade (second cycle of ESO and bachillerato) and will be in Spanish.

Photonics in 5 minutes! is organized in the framework of ICFO Women in Science Month to celebrate the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, joining the Iniciativa 11 de Febrero.

General information

10:30-10:40:  Welcome and introduction to ICFO and photonics

10:40-11:00: Flash talks by the speakers

11:00-11:30: Q&A session – the speakers will answer live the questions from the audience.

The event will be on YouTube Live. You don’t need any additional program or app to stream the event and interact with us: you just need a computer with internet connection.


You can send us your questions in advance at or write them in the live chat during the event.


If you’re attending the event with your students from the school, we have some additional recommendations:

  • Connect the computer to a large screen so that the students can have a better view.
  • Connect external speakers to the computer in order to improve the audio quality.


María García-Parajo

Diana Méndez Avalos

Pre-doctoral researcher at ICFO

Diana Méndez Avalos graduated in Nanotechnology from the Autonomous University of Mexico and obtained her Master’s Degree in Quantum Sciences and Technologies at the University of Barcelona. She is currently a doctoral student at ICFO in the Atomic Physics and Quantum Optics group. Her work focuses on the development of atomic sensors, especially Magnetometry with Hot Atoms.

Joana Fraxenet

Mariona Dalmases

Post-doctoral researcher at ICFO

Mariona Dalmases is a chemist, with a master’s degree in Applied Materials Chemistry and a doctorate in Nanosciences. She is currently a post-doctoral researcher in the Functional Optoelectronic Nanomaterials at ICFO. Her work focuses on developing synthesis of different nanostructured semiconductor materials (quantum dots) for their application in optoelectronics. 

Blanca Belsa

Marta Zanoletti

Post-doctoral researcher at ICFO

Marta Zanoletti obtained her PhD in physics in Politecnico di Milano in 2019 and she is currently a post-doctoral researcher in the medical optics group at ICFO. Her research activity is focused on designing, developing and characterizing hybrid diffuse optical medical devices that are employed successfully in challenging settings as the intensive care. 


Federica Beduini

Lucía Castillo García

KTT-Outreach team at ICFO

Lucía Castillo García is a physicist with a background in instrumentation for high energy particle physics experiments and obtained her PhD in Physics at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland.

She has recently joined ICFO´s Outreach team and is coordinating ICFO´s educational activities to inspire young students in the field of photonics.

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