100xCiencia.3 - Bridging Science and Society

The subject of this year’s event will underscore the importance of scientific education, citizen science and the participation of society in the present and future of science. The 100xciencia.3 will gather SOMMa members and external participants to share ongoing projects on science education, citizen science and public engagement that can encourage society and us to continue working together. Different stakeholders relevant for science and society will participate in roundtables focused on timely and important topics. The 100xciencia.3 will bring together scientists, politicians, journalists and representatives of the civil society to enable an open debate about the different aspects of how and why science is important for society.

Staring date: 15 November 2018, 10:00h
End date: 15 November 2018, 19:00h
Location:  Auditorio del Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Oncológicas (CNIO), Madrid
Organizers: Centro de Investigaciones Oncológicas (local organizer) and SOMMa

100xciencia.3 will have Dr. Robert Huber, 1988 Chemistry Nobel Prize, as keynote speaker so we can begin the event on a high note with an exciting talk on "The century of vision: Protein structures for drug research". The challenges and opportunities offered by citizen science and science education will be discussed over three different round tables: "The media as channeling agents for science", "Scientists and science policy together for society (you can follow this round table via streaming)", and "Scientific empowerment of society". The selected twelve 10-minute flashtalks presented by both SOMMa and external partners will display ongoing projects revolving around science education and public engagement.

Event website: http://bit.ly/SOMMa_100xciencia3

Complete programme: http://bit.ly/SOMMa_100xciencia3_Programa  


XXX Canary Islands Winter School of Astrophysics

The XXX edition of the Canary Islands Winter School of Astrophysics, organized by the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC), focusses on Big Data Analysis in Astronomy.

Starting date: 4 Nov, 2018
End date: 10 Nov, 2018
Location: 'Salón de Actos' of the Aulario general del Campus de Guajara de la Universidad de La Laguna (ULL). La Laguna.
Organizer: IAC

We are witnessing an unprecedented growth in the volume and complexity of astronomical data: current surveys, telescopes and instruments are providing massive amount of raw data, images and spectra. This situation will become even more extreme in the future, in particular with the upcoming telescopes LSST, SKA, and Euclid. In the era of "Big Data", a new generation of astronomers will need to deal routinely with tera- and even petabytes of information. The analysis of these data cannot be carried out by humans in the traditional way, and key decisions in the process will have to rely on numerical algorithms. In that sense, accessing and digesting data and extracting the relevant information from them will pose significant challenges to astronomers, both at the technical and at the analytical level. Machine learning techniques, which belong to the realms of computer science, applied mathematics and statistics, provide key tools to be used for the task. Acknowledging the importance for the IAC to take part in this revolution from an early stage, the XXX Canary Islands Winter School will allow the students to become acquainted with the main current developments in this field, and with the new techniques to be used. The Winter School will consist of interdisciplinary lectures and practical work focussed on dealing with big astronomical data sets. A particular focus is on statistical tools and machine learning techniques.

The School is primarily intended for PhD students and recent postdocs in any field of research in Astronomy. Participants will have the opportunity to display their current work by presenting a poster. 

More information: XXX Canary Islands Winter School of Astrophysics

International Conference on the cosmic microwave background radiation

The CMB Foregrounds conference will bring together almost 80 international researchers to analyze the current state of research which is trying to detect primordial gravitational waves. 

Starting date: 15 Oct, 2018
End date: 18 Oct, 2018
Location: La Laguna Gran Hotel. La Laguna. Tenerife
Organizer: IAC

The relevance of these waves is that they should have been generated only a fraction of a second after the Big Bang, and if detected they would be a strong support to the standard model of modern cosmology. In this meeting the new maps obtained with the QUIJOTE experiment will be presented. They show the high degree of complexity in the physical processes which produce the radio emission of our Galaxy in the microwave range; synchrotron radiation and the anomalous microwave emission. Understanding these emissions is necessary to be able to remove this veil which tends to hide the radiation reaching us from the primordial universe.

More information:  http://www.iac.es/divulgacion.php?op1=16&id=1463&lang=en

Contact: severoochoa@iac.es
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