photonics in 5 minutes!
celebrating february 11

february 11, 2021

10:30 CET

Immerse yourself in the world of photonics thanks to 3 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.



Group Leader at ICFO

Leticia Tarruell studied physics in Madrid and Paris. She received her doctorate in 2008 in Paris, with a thesis on superfluidity in ultra-cold fermion gases. She later move to Zurich, where she studied as a postdoc how to simulate graphene and quantum magnetism with atoms trapped in optical networks. Since 2013 she is a researcher at ICFO, where she has created a research group that uses potassium and strontium atoms to simulate liquids and solids. In 2014 she received one of the Spanish L ’Oréal-UNESCO“ For Women in Science ”awards, in 2015 the New Investigator award in Experimental Physics from the Royal Spanish Physics Society, and in 2020 a Consolidator project of the European Research Council.

Martina Giovannella

KTT Junior Project Manager at ICFO

Martina Giovannella obtained her master degree in Physics at the University of Pisa in 2013 and her PhD at ICFO in 2019. Her research experience focused on applied research for Medical Device development and validation. She is now working in the Knowledge and Technology Transfer Unit at ICFO. In her current role, Martina is responsible for the continuous collaboration between ICFO and one of the hospitals in the Barcelona metropolitan area to further promote the latest advances of photonics technologies in the medical sector, particularly for pediatric applications.

Giulia Lo Gerfo

PhD student at ICFO

Giulia Lo Gerfo is 25 years old and is from Pisa, Italy, where she studied Physical-Chemistry at the Scuola Normale Superiore. Her research field oscillates between microscopy and spectroscopy, which she combines in a PhD in Photonics at ICFO. All this inserted in a wide, concrete and definitely actual goal: contribute to the solution to the current climate crisis.

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