CEIP JOSÉ DE ECHEGARAY School (4 years old)

On 6th of March, we visited José de Echegaray School and did an activity in which we explained some of our workshops to 4 years old children.

Before starting with the workshops, we introduced ourselves so that they knew who we were, where we were coming from and what we were doing there as part of IOSA Outreach Group.

Since they were 4 groups of 25 kids, we took one group each hour and divided them in 4 smaller groups so that each group did a 15 minutes workshop and then rotated until they all saw the four workshops we brought to this school (fluorescence, ray tracing, visual perception and changes in the index of refraction). Then, the next group of 25 kids enter into the classroom and we repited the same procedure.

It seem that all kids had a good time seeing and hearing our explanations as they participated with us when we asked questions, they wanted to investigate with the things we had there and they were very happy with the fluorescence bracelet we gave them in one of the workshops.


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PEAC & IOSA – ‘Guess who women in science?’

Last 9th of February we visited PEAC (Programa de Enriquecimiento Educativo para Alumnos con Altas Capacidades)

In the first place, we gave an introductory talk about Who we are? Where we come from? and What we do? so that they could get to know the CSIC, the research organization, Institute of Optics which we both belong, and most importantly, the IOSA Outreach Group.   Then we gave importance to 11F the ‘International Day of Women and Girls in Science’.

We explained why this day was important and the need to make future generations aware of the role of women in science. And Women / Science have always existed, but due to different circumstances their knowledge has not been recognized.

Then we move to a more dynamic topic the game ‘Guess who women in science?’ , which consisted of three templates each with five scientists with different areas of knowledge; where only the name and date of birth and death (if they had it) were indicated. Next to it were two holes where the photo was to be pasted and a small description of the most important events. We tried to put a degree of medium difficulty since it was the first time.

The students were divided into groups of 5 people.

The students were corrected and scored themselves, according to a presentation where these scientists appeared and many more.

The gift for the winning team was a sample of polarization.

Finally, we went to the workshops divided the group 15 students each workshop, during 45min.  Both groups held the two workshops as they rotated.

  1. Optical fiber optical telecommunication
  2. Fluorescence and phosphorescence and applications.

Finally, a survey was carried out to determine the degree of satisfaction of the students, and in this way, improve as much as possible.


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Colegio San Ramón y San Antonio ‘Internacional Day of Women and Girls in Science’ & Workshops

Last 13rd of February we visited Colegio San Ramón y San Antonio, as part of our aim to make women’s contribution to science visible.

We introduced them to different women scientists whose discoveries have been crucial to move humanity forward, such as Jocelyn Bell and the pulsar, or last Nobel Prize in Physics, Donna Strickland.

Afterwards, we showed them different workshops; ray tracing, fiber optics, vision, florescence and optical illusions.

It was a very nice afternoon, with very participative students.

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‘Cáfe, Género y Ciencia’ Prof. Eulalia Pérez Sedeño

On the occasion of # 11F ‘International Day of Women and Girls in Science’, we organized together with #womeninoptics networking coffee this session where the pleasure of hearing first-hand Prof. Eulalia Pérez Sedeño, Professor of Research in Science, Technology and Gender in the Department of Science, Technology and Society of the Philosophy Institute of CSIC (Spain).
The event consisted of a talk titled ‘Stereotypes, gender and knowledge’, where emphasis has been placed on the definitions of gender and sex, and that the characteristics of a gender is not something innate, but is the product of socialization and education.
She commented that women study a lot of science. What we do not study are physics and engineering. But the rest we study a lot. Studying certain careers or scientific engineering has a lot to do with stereotypes. Women are educated from very young in activities that have to do with language and care. Consequence “That women do not dedicate themselves to some types of science, impoverishes those disciplines very much”
And the more prestige less women and the more women less prestige. This happens in any area, not only in science.
She has explained how sexist or androcentric biases influence the relationship of women in science with a very striking example: myocardial heart attack; In medicine, for example, clinical trials continue where women are not studied.It is thought that the norm is man and that everything that applies to a man can also be applied to them, and it is not true.
How does she see the future?
She said that she is positive because , she think we are better than when she started in the late 80’s. 30 years have passed …she is negative because we are moving very slowly and because we have to repeat things over and over again. In other areas, when you achieve an achievement that is already settled. In feminist and gender issues, this is not the case. You have to start over and over again. And this has a lot to do with the fact that young people think that equality is already achieved and that nothing more needs to be done. And there is more to see what happens on a daily basis to realize that we have not achieved equality and go back is possible.

It has been a pleasure to have this experience, we have learned from her experience a lot.

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Colloquiumm with Prof. Eli Peli


Today we had the pleasure of celebrating our second Colloquium with a Senior Scientist, the first was last year with Prof. Arthur Bradley.
On this occasion we had the pleasure of having Prof. Eli Peli, Senior Scientist and Moakley Scholar in Aging Eye Research at Schepens Eye Research Institute of Mass. Eye and Ear, and Professor of Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School. His research spans the interface between engineering and ophthalmic/vision research. Specifically, he tries to understand how we see in the context of low vision rehabilitacion. Prof. Peli’s principal research interests includes eye movement analysis, binocular vision, image processing, image communications and optics.

He has told us about his experience in the industry based on his knowledge as an ophthalmologist / optometrist specialist in vision science. And how do you behave to deal with a company.
Tip: Whatdo you need to have ‘a person’ who is going to relate to a company is pay attention and be lucky. Be able to understand the businessman speak their language, and think not  like in laboratory. It’s another world, another interest, other objectives.
He has commented examples of his collaborations as a consultant in successful companies, which were successful and not now or on curious collaborations.

Test out of the market, magnifying glass from optical fibers.
We have learned that we must pay attention, be proactive and hardworking. That success is achieved with hard work and luck.

Thank you Prof. Eli Peli for joining us . Group picture.

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IOSA Seminars 2018

Past 12th of December, IOSA organized the 5th edition of IOSA Seminars, a great opportunity to show other colleges of the Institute of Optics in what you are working on, and also to know about the research of other groups.

We started with a guest talk of Prof. Javier Alda, from Universidad Complutense de Madrid, talking about Resonant optics for light manipulation and detection

After that, we had a very special and Spanish networking break: chocolate con churros!

Once we were happily full, we started with the talks. 3 IOSA members were part of the scientific cammittee: Frances Gallazzi, Rocío Gutierrez and Clara Benedí and 7 young researchers explained about very different topics:

  1. Esther Soria Sensing chip for POPs detection in water
  2. Andres de la Hoz Silk photobonding to corneal tissues
  3. Alba Espina Raman and SERS characterization of Iron Gall Inks
  4. Sara Aissati Testing the effect of ocular aberrations on perceived Transverse Chromatic Aberration
  5. Carlos Honrado-Benítez Narrowband coatings for Lyman β imaging
  6. Judith Birkenfeld Towards non-invasive assessments of corneal biomechanics
  7. Jesús Ruiz-Santaquiteria Alegre Automatic diatom identification for water quality assessment (AQUALITAS)Here, you can see IOSA members with the speakers of the day:

After so many interesting talks, we finished with part of the speech of Donna Strickland, who received Nobel prize of physics past 10th of December.

After the seminars, Prof Alda visited our laboratories:

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CEIP El Vellón

IOSA is planning to visit new schools this year but we cannot forget one of the visited last year: El Vellón CEIP. We took our suitcase and traveled to a small village on La Sierra de Madrid past March. We explain new things about optics the children from 8 to 12 years old. They learn how vision works, how Internet arrives to their home thanks to optical fibers and what the difference is between fluorescence and phosphorescence.

We finish the day with a special photocall, but…  Is this fluorescence or phosphorescence? Try and discover!!

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Week of Science 2018

As every year, IOSA participated on Week of Science. Our activity consisted on a “Spectrum challenge”, where each children had to solve different questions related with different parts of the electromagnetic spectrum. We explained them many things with our workshops to help them to solve the challenges. Some of them where: communication, fluorescence and UV, ray tracing, color, optical and IR. At the end of the gymkana, the had to cross our typical laser maze! It was really fun for everybody and you can see  in the photos bellow:


Who is the murderer? UV and fluorescence show us!:

Here we learn about colors:

Tyndall effect workshops help us to explain how to drive light using water, and then we move to optical fibers:

Learning how lenses work is easier with ray tracing worshop. Everybody wanted to tray: 

Optical ilusions are always amazing to see:


We tried our new IR camera. Children had to look for an object in a dark room:

Here you can how we prepare the different objects in the dark room:

Preparing the laser maze:

And the finished laser maze!:

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Myopia @ the Royal Botanical Garden

Past 16th October, IOSA collaborated with MyFun group in an outreach activity.

We explained them some of our workshops and moved to the Royal Botanical Garden, a very
unique venue, to explain to the general public about myopia, vision and optics in general.

Having researchers from all around the world about myopia, it was a great opportunity and we all learnt from each other’s.

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Next activity @Botanical Garden

On October 16 we are organizing a very special event. Young researchers from around the world will be explaining what myopia is, how it is corrected and all the doubts that you may have. We will have hands-on workshops, so be prepared to touch everything!

This is not a Do not touch activity. Moreover, the event will be at the Real Jardín Botánico! There is free entrance, you cannot miss it.

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