IONS Paris 2017

IONS Paris Conference took place between the 14th and 17th of June, and three of our Chapter members attended with really good feelings. Their contributions were two talks and one poster. Also, they represented the Chapter doing some workshops for children.

Part of the conference happened at École Polytechnique, which is in a peaceful environment surrounded by vegetation. This place is full of instruments that belonged to important figures of the history of Physics and Optics such as Hermann von Helmholtz or Augustin Fresnel.

Our first experience before arriving at the University was very tiring, after climbing never ending stairs. But the fatigue did not last long, remembering that we were in Paris, and seeing the diversity of students from different countries that were there, and that we had to meet.

Arriving to the École Polytechnique the first day of the IONS Paris 2017

Clara Benedi-Garcia talked about the impact of the interactions between mono- and chromatic aberrations on visual function on the first day.

Clara Benedi-Garcia during her talk

Sara El Aissati talked about double-pass technique to compare different visual simulators in an Adaptive Optics environment the last day at Paris Sud University.

Sara El Aissati during her talk

Xoana Barcala-Gosende took a poster about the characterization of the dynamic response of tunable lenses with a high-speed focimeter on the last poster’s session of the congress.

Xoana Barcala-Gosende explaining her poster

During the congress there were many keynote speakers and interesting talks/posters from other students. One of them was Prof. Viktor Gruev, whose talk named “Bio-Inspired Sensors: From the Ocean to the Operating Room” will help our chapter to improve our workshop about animal’s vision. On the other hand, Prof. John Dudley with his talk about “Solitons to supercontinuum – the science and applications of nonlinear fiber optics” and Dr. Carsten Baur, talking about “Solar cells for space applications: challenges and opportunities” inspired us also new ideas to our workshops.

Our chapter members talking with Prof. Viktor Gruev during a coffee break

The chapter members during a poster’s session

The last day of the congress, some student chapters carried out some workshops for children. Our chapter did the “Communication with light” and “Phosphorescence and fluorescence” workshops thanks to the help of a French researcher, Mathias Berciano, who did the translations from English to French. This experience was really gratifying, because we could know how French schools are and also our translator, Mathias, learnt from our workshops. As the organization of the Congress said, the language is not a barrier to discuss science.

Outreach activity

After doing the outreach activity, our chapter could join the other chapters from Russia, Italy and Colombia and share the workshops we do, so there was a great exchange of ideas.

There were also some posters from other student chapters, where we could learn which kind of activities they do in Barcelona, Naples, Russia or Southampton. We talked a lot with all of them during the poster session and after, discussing about our ideas and projects. Social networking was very useful for everybody, because at the end of the day, all of us have the same goal: to divulge science to the society.

Some posters of Southampton and Naples Student Chapters

To encourage this social network, many activities besides academic presentations were organized like wine tasting or gala dinner.

Gala dinner was placed on ‘La Maison des Polytechniciens’, a beautiful and very luxurious place where we could enjoy a pleasant atmosphere. It was an unforgettable experience.

Networking during the Gala Dinner

After the three-day congress, there was a Social Day and our members joined it! It was a great way to know the heart of Paris, with a river cruise on the Seine, a picnic at the “Champ the Mars” and guided walking tour of the “Ile de la Cité”. It was also a good way to get to know better the others congress assistants, ask more questions about their work or their chapters, etc.

Itinerary of activities during the Social Day

In summary, it was an unforgettable experience for our members, they came with a lot of ideas, proposals for the Chapter, new contacts and good memories!

All the assistants of IONS Paris 2017





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IOSA @ Madrid Montessori School

We carried out our Dispersion and Animal Vision workshops at Madrid Montessori school for students aged from 8 to 12 years old. They were very interested and enthusiastic about them! We also enjoyed performing the workshops and answering their questions.

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IOSA brings Optics to Ubrique, Cádiz

IOSA travels with Ciudad Ciencia program again! This time, we brought our Discovering Light workshop to Ubrique (Cádiz). We set it up at CEIP Ramón Crossa, and students from other schools came there. We carried out our workshop to 4th grade students of CEIP Ramón Crossa, Reina Sofía, Víctor de la Serna and Sagrado Corazón. It was a very enriching and children enjoyed and asked a lot of questions. The phosphorescence photocall was the cherry on top!

IOSA’s Discovering Light workshop was such a big event in the town that local media came to interview us!!

These are the links to all our interviews: (from minute 19:20)


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IOSA brings Optics to Gáldar, Gran Canaria

IOSA has travelled to Gáldar (Gran Canaria) to carry out our ‘Discovering Light’ workshop. We performed this activity as part of the Ciudad Ciencia program, which is organized by our institution, the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and funded by Obra Social la Caixa. Its aim is to bring scientific outreach activities to towns in Spain where these activities are not easy to happen. IOSA carried out the workshop at CEIP Sardina del Norte and CEIP Fernando Guanarteme schools, to children of the 5th and 6th grade. We showed them our fiber optics, fluorescence, colour, ray tracing and vision workshops. The children were very surprised with the properties of light concerning their daily life. They were full of questions and energy to interact with us.

In the morning we Discovered Light with children and in the afternoon with grown-ups, in Centro Cultural Guaires. Just as children, they asked curiosities and enjoyed the experimental demonstrations.

It was an unforgettable experience!!!

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March for Science

IOSA could not miss it! On April 22nd, we joined hundreds of people for the March of Science in Madrid, and thousands of them all around the world!

We were reclaiming the importance of scientific research as well as a better science policy and working conditions for researchers.

Progress without Science cannot be conceived!!


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Learning about Scientific Productivity

Last April, we had a talk by Dr. Carlos Dorronsoro (Institute of Optics, CSIC) about Scientific Productivity. We learnt what the h-index is, citations, impact factor, the different types of publications, etc.

These are important terms all researchers have to know!




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IOSA @ Alkal’a Nahar High School

IOSA performed the ‘Discovering Light’ workshop for students of 1st and 2nd year of Bachillerato, in the High School of Excellence Alkal’a Nahar. The specific workshops that were carried out were: Fluorescence, Ray Tracing, Vision and Fiber Optics.

Students were very surprised with the applications that these phenomena, related t the properties of light, have in their daily life.

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Researchers’ Night – Gran Yincana Cientifica @ MNCN

IOSA participated in the Gran Yincana Cientifica, an event conceived for the European Researchers’ Night 2016. The event was organized by the National Museum of Natural Sciences. We presented brand-new workshops on the interface between optics, physics, and the natural world, with new workshops on iridescence, fluorescence, and visual optics in the animal kingdom. We had a huge crowd of attendees who enjoyed the workshops and the experience. We will be repeating this activity for the 2016 Week of Science. We’re excited about our new workshops!

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IOSA Scientific Seminars

IOSA held the 2nd edition of What’s Up In Physics, our series of seminars about hot topics in physics. The subject of this session was Microscopy, and we had two great talks by Dr. Cristina Flors from IMDEA, and Dr. James Germann from CSIC Institute of Optics.

Thanks to the EPS for funding this activity!


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3rd Edition of IOSA Scientific Seminars

This September, IOSA is celebrating its 3rd edition of the IOSA Scientific Seminars. This activity consists of short 6 minute presentations by pre-doctoral, post-doctoral, and tenured researchers from the Institute of Optics. The last two editions have been a big success and we are very excited to continue with this activity. There’s still time to submit!


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