Sunday, August 7, 2016

"Progress in theoretical chemistry: Biomolecules and Materials" Symposium (Sitges, June 25-29, 2017)

Next year (2017) at the XXXVI Reunión Bienal de la Real Sociedad Española de Química we (Gonzalo Jiménez-Osés, Núria López and myself) will be organizing a two-day symposium on Theoretical Chemistry with as theme Biomolecules and Materials:
Theoretical and computational chemistry play a major role in the development of chemical processes, and has become an essential tool of (bio)chemical studies. In the field of catalysis, the study of mechanisms is fundamental for understanding and improving the reactions, which is often done using DFT. Also in other fields has computational chemistry become the leading tool to find new discoveries. In this symposium we focus on three topics: (i) chemical bonding, (ii) biomolecular structure and (iii) functional materials. Within the five sessions these three topics will be amply discussed by experts in the field, together with other general topics such as excited states and catalysis.
The following invited speakers have been so kind to accept our invitation:

Please reserve the date and join us in Sitges!!!

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Bratislava Declaration for Young Researchers

The future of research is in the hands of young researchers, and therefore the Young Academy of Europe is providing input and advice from a younger generation's perspective – a vital requirement to shape EU-wide Science Policy for the prospering of science in Europe for future generations. One of the most recent outcomes is the Bratislava Declaration of Young Researchers.

In the past few months the Slovak Presidency of the EU, together with the European Commission (DG Research) brought together a team of young researchers from different backgrounds to write a Declaration by young researchers raising the concerns of young researchers. The resulting document is a collaborative effort reflecting the views of researchers from different career stages, in different working environments, and in different countries. The main aspirations are:

  1. To enable great people to realise their ideas to understand and improve the world.
  2. To achieve sustainable and transparent career trajectories.
  3. To achieve a diverse, collaborative, inter-disciplinary, open and ethical research environment.
  4. To facilitate a healthy work-life balance.

The full text (pdf) of the Bratislava Declaration can be found at the website of the 2016 Slovak Presidency of the EU, and should be used at national and international levels in science policy where possible.

The Declaration has been explained by Lynn Kamerlin on the Voice of the Researchers, and has been endorsed by e.g. European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation Carlos Moedas on Twitter, and by others (Future of Research, EurAxess, Kowi, Silicon Republic, etc.).

And now you can endorse the declaration as well! Please go to iPetition and sign the petition (!
NB. iPetition asks for a donation, this is not necessary for being able to sign the petition.

update, Aug. 6, 2016:
The Bratislava Declaration now has its own website as well, with the complete text, and the profiles of the writers of the Declaration.

Friday, July 1, 2016


Today is a special day for Sílvia Osuna. Not only is it her birthday (Happy Birthday!!), but also she will be given the "2016 FPdGi Scientific Research Award" by the Fundació Princesa de Girona for her research achievements. This is an important moment not only for her, but also for the Institut de Química Computacional i Catàlisi (IQCC) of the Universitat de Girona (UdG). It is the first time that one of our members receives this prestigious award, and both as director of the IQCC and supervisor of her PhD thesis I am feeling extremely PROUD today.

Well done Sílvia!!!

It should be added that this is in fact the fourth big prize Sílvia has achieved within the span of one year:

  • obtained prestigious 5-year Ramón y Cajal fellowship (started 1-1-2016)
  • obtained prestigious ERC Starting Grant (started 1-5-2016)
  • won the 2016 FPdGi Scientific Research Award
  • won the Premio a Jóvenes Investigadores RSEQ 2016

Way to go!!! Well done, and keep up the good work!

PS. to my current and future PhD students:
I won't judge your capabilities nor achievements in comparison. Every single one of you is awesome!

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