Young Photonics Congress 2021

march 12, 2021

 

deadline for project submissions: january 31, 2021

Are you a high school student who likes science and technology and would you like to meet and share your work with other people like you?

ICFO is giving you a great opportunity: join the next Young Photonics Congress and live the experience of a scientific congress where the spotlight is on young people like you! You could explain your research project to other students and also to ICFO researchers. It is an amazing opportunity to share knowledge and experiences with other people.

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We’re looking for team or individual projects by high school students (grade 7-12) that are related to light, photonics or other ICFO research topics and fit into one of the following categories:

  • light and its applications;
  • graphene and new materials;
  • microscopy;
  • nanotechnology;
  • quantum physics;
  • light applications for health and life sciences;
  • light applications for information and communications;
  • light applications for energy and the environment.

If you need some inspiration to find a project to present, check the Ideas for projects section!

The next edition of the Young Photonics Congress will be online on March 12, 2021 (10:00-13:00).

[The Young Photonics Congress] is the most brilliant, touching and heartfelt [congress] that I know.
It motivates and inspires a lot the attendants, especially the young participants.

Participant from the 2020 edition

How to participate

Whether you present a project or not, you can participate to the Young Photonics Congress: read below to discover how!

If you don’t have a project yet, but you’d like to present one, you can take a look at the ideas for projects section to get some inspiration.

If you’re a high school student (grade 7-12), you can present your research project to other students or to scientists from ICFO.

We accept projects by individuals or teams of up to 5 members.

The topic of the project should be related to photonics and/or ICFO research topics and fit into one of the following categories:

  • light and its applications;
  • graphene and new materials;
  • microscopy;
  • nanotechnology;
  • quantum physics;
  • light applications for health and life sciences;
  • light applications for information and communications;
  • light applications for energy and the environment.

If you’re not sure if your project fits into these categories, just contact us at outreach@icfo.eu.

In order to apply to present a project, you’ll have to send us before January 31, 2021 the following information:

  • personal information (name, surname, email) of the person who is going to present the project and of the teacher who supervised the project. If it’s a group project, each member of the team shall fill in a registration form;
  • a short abstract of the project in English. It must have less than 300 words and briefly explain the objectives, methods and results of the project.
  • a presentation of the project in pptx, odp or pdf format.
    Check the Instructions for the presentations tab before starting to work on your presentation. In case you need some extra time to finish the experiments or to polish the slides, submit a provisional version of the presentation before January 31 and then you will able to update it before the congress.

We’ll contact you a few weeks before the congress to confirm your participation and provide you with more details.

 

APPLY WITH YOUR PROJECT

Curious and inquisitive people that are eager to discover more about photonics and learn from other students are a fundamental ingredient to the success of the Young Photonics Congress.

According to past participants, the Young Photonics Congress is the ideal place to get some inspiration, so don’t miss this opportunity even if you don’t have a project! If you’re a teacher, you can apply to participate with as many students as you wish.

Fill in the form to book your participation in the Young Photonics Congress: we’ll contact you a few weeks before the congress to confirm your attendance and provide you with more details.

 

sign up without presenting a project

Language

The presentation can be either in English, Catalan or Spanish. Take into account that most of ICFO researchers come from abroad, so it’s possible that they understand English better than the other proposed languages.

Title slide

Don’t forget to put these things:

  • Title of the project
  • Name of the authors
  • Name of the supervisor of the project
  • Name/logo of the school

Content slides

You can use max 6 slides (including the title slide) to explain your project.

Remember to explain:

  • the motivation
    (i.e. why the topic is interesting and relevant)
  • the objectives of the project
  • the materials and methods used for the research
  • The results of the work
  • Conclusions

Text and fonts

  • Avoid long paragraphs and long lists
  • Use sans serif fonts
  • Don’t mix many fonts: you can play with the size and use larger fonts for titles and smaller text for less important information

Colors

  • Maximise the contrast between the text and the background (dark text on light background or light text on dark background)
  • Avoid combining bright colors
  • You can find the perfect color scheme using a palette generator from the web

Images

  • Try to use visual tools (graphs, illustrations, short videos) instead of text whenever you can
  • There are several free icons or photos repositories on the web if you need them (e.g. Flaticon, Wikicommons, Unsplash, Pxhere, …)
  • If you put an image that is not yours, remember to check if you have the license to use it and to credit correctly the author.

practical information

PROVISIONAL AGENDA

10:00 – 10:20: Opening remarks and introduction to photonics and ICFO

10:20 – 11:00: Flash talks by ICFO researchers about their research topics

11:00 – 12:45: Presentations of the students’ projects
This section will have the structure of a typical poster session of a scientific congress. This means that all authors will be presenting at the same time, while the audience is free to browse through the different projects and to ask questions to the authors in small conversation groups.

12:45 – 13:00: Closing remarks

WHEN

The Young Photonics Congress will take place in the morning of March 12, 2021.

WHERE

Due to the current sanitary situation, the congress will be on an online platform, like we did in 2020, to ensure everyone’s safety.

FEES

The Young Photonics Congress has no attendance fee.

CONTACT

Should you have any doubt, don’t hesitate to contact us at outreach@icfo.eu.

Ideas for projects

 

If you’d like to contribute to the Young Photonics Congress with a project, but you don’t have an idea yet of what you’re going to talk about, we can help you!

You can have a look at the projects from the past editions, at the extra-curricular hands-on activities we propose for high school students and some additional resources.

This activity is co-funded by the European Regional Development Funds (ERDF) allocated to the Programa operatiu FEDER de Catalunya 2014-2020, with the support of the Secretaria d’Universitats i Recerca of the Departament d’Empresa i Coneixement of the Generalitat de Catalunya for emerging technology clusters devoted to the valorization and transfer of research results (QuantumCAT 001-P-001644 and GraphCAT 001-P-001702).

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