Workshops: putting photonics to work

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 depending on where they are implemented and the profile of the participants. These type of activities take place at ICFO, but also in the framework of other events, such as scientific fairs like the Youth Mobile (YoMo) or the festival Barcelona Science. They may even be implemented by third parties, such as ICFO’s workshop “Touch the Light” (“Toca la Llum“), regularly imparted at Barcelona’s science museum CosmoCaixa, or the workshops created by ICFO and implemented by fab labs within the European project PHABLABS 4.0.

Furthermore, ICFO creates materials for some of the workshops for teachers, so that they can adapt them to their classroom and perform the hands on activities with their students. In this link you will find guidelines for some activities related to graphene.


Treballs de recerca – First research project

Discover how ICFO can help you with your project: there are many opportunities waiting for you! Do you want to investigate light and its properties? Look at all the opportunities we offer you: there must be one that you like! Don't forget that you can present your...

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Young Photonics Congress

A scientific meeting point for young students ICFO annually organizes the Young Photonics Congress, a meeting point for young students that makes them live the experience of a scientific congress where the spotlight is on them. Students can explain their work to other...

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Lifelong Learning for Teachers

From the lab to your classroom As ICFO, we collaborate with the program “Professors i ciència” from the “Fundació Catalunya la Pedrera”. We have offered several training courses addressed to high school teachers. In these courses we expect to bring the physics of...

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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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Magic Shows for Light Explorers

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,...

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