La ciencia en España como problema

La ciencia en España como problema

Los autores reclaman un pacto de Estado entre los distintos partidos políticos para que la investigación, la innovación, el desarrollo y la educación en nuestro país tengan el apoyo que requiere todo país avanzado.

Artículo en ElMundo:

J. A. de AzcárragaJ. Jiménez-Barbero y F. Marcellán. Son, respectivamente, presidentes de la Real Sociedad Española de Física (RSEF), Real Sociedad Española de Química (RSEQ) y Real Sociedad Matemática Española (RSME).

Open Readings 2017

Dear Colleagues,

we invite You to the international conference for students of physics and natural sciences – Open Readings 2017, which will take place in Vilnius, Lithuania on 14-17th of March, 2017.

The deadline for registration is 3rd of February. Participants can take part in oral and poster sessions presenting on extensive range of topics. Participation is free of charge. Do not hesitate – register now!

Conference programme consist of oral and poster sessions on extensive range of topics, social events and amazing invited speakers:

  • Xi-Cheng Zhang, University of Rochester, USA
  • Nobel laureate Ben Feringa, University of Groningen, Netherlands
  • Philip Russell, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light, Germany
  • John Ellis, King’s College London, United Kingdom; CERN
  • Michael Grätzel, École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Naomi Halas, Rice University, USA
  • Two more speakers will be announced soon

We believe that such experience is essential for students, especially for those who are seeking a career in science. Our conference is open for any enthusiastic student from all over the world. This year we will gather more than 300 presenters – be one of them!

Please forward this letter and its attachments to the adequate departments and students representatives. We also encourage you to place the attached invitation as a poster on your institution’s notice boards.

For more information please visit:

IWP/RIXS2017 – International Workshop on Photoionization / Resonant Inelastic X-ray Scattering

Deadline for abstract submission: Jan. 15th 2017

Notification of acceptance for oral/poster contribution: Jan. 31st 2017

Deadline for registration: Feb. 17th 2017


Dear colleagues,

We are pleased to announce that registration for IWP/RIXS2017 is now open. We invite you to register and start planning your travel. Please follow the link:


You can also submit an abstract for an oral (progress report) or poster contribution. Abstract template and related submission information are available at:

Abstracts Submission

The IWP & RIXS workshop series have been organized every three years since 1992, the last three ones were held near Uppsala (Sweden) in 2008, in Las Vegas (US) in 2011 and Erice (Italy) in 2014. The 2017 edition of IWP/RIXS will take place in Aussois, France from the 26th to the 31st of March 2017. Aussois is a beautiful authentic ski resort nested in Savoie in the French Alpes.

The joint IWP/RIXS2017 workshop aims at covering a broad field related to photoionization/RIXS processes on dilute matter: atoms, molecules, ions, transient species, molecular complexes, clusters, nanoparticles and liquid interfaces. Both experimental and theoretical approaches should be covered as well as new methodologies associated with synchrotron radiation and with short-wavelengths and/or short pulses sources such as FELs and HHG. We intend also to foster interfaces with chemistry, life sciences, and nanosciences.

The program will be composed of invited speakers, contributed oral progress reports (selected from abstract) and posters. A list of invited speakers can be found here. The participation of young researchers and students is particularly welcome.

Further scientific and practical information can be found on the workshopwebsite.

Don’t hesitate to ask for any queries at:

We are looking forward in seeing you in Aussois next March.

On behalf of the IWP/RIXS2017 Organizing Committee,

The 3 co-chairs Alfred Maquet, Laurent Nahon & Marc Simon


NB:  We have tried to maintain registration fees at a very reasonable level and including lodging and food. However, we have limited funding to provide partial financial support for particular cases.
More information can be found on the website.

Job description for Project Associates in Beamline for Schools (CERN)

The *Beamline for Schools (BL4S) *project is looking for two “*support scientists*” for the 2017 edition of the competition who would be paid for 8-9 months (1 February to 30 September or 31 October 2017)  to implement and run the experiments of the two winning teams. A detailed job description is attached below.
The young scientists must have a valid contract with their institute until (at least) 1 October 2017 to be eligible to become Project Associates.
Those interested may contact Markus Joos ( <>) .




In 2017 CERN will, for the fourth time, organize a Beamline for Schools (BL4S) competition. Details about the editions of 2014 to 2016 can be found at:

Teams of high school students from around the world can make a proposal for an experiment at the T9 beam line of the PS accelerator. The proposals will be evaluated by a committee of experiences physicists and one or two winners will be nominated.

In the framework of this project CERN is looking for two young researchers (physicist, computer scientist or engineer).

The candidates will be responsible of the preparation and execution of the winner experiments.

In particular, rhe candidates will be in charge of:

  • Answering technical questions of participating teams
  • Participating in the selection process that leads to the nomination of the winners
  • Turning the proposals of the winners into experiments that that can actually be executed with the T9 beamline at the PC accelerator.
  • Training the winners (once they are at CERN) on how to run the experiment and analyze the data.
  • Be responsible for the actual execution of the experiment
  • Help the winners with the post-processing of their data and the writing of a paper or article.

The main task will be the setting up of the TDAQ system of the experiments on the basis of the S/W that has been developed in 2014-2016. Depending on the experiment that will be chosen as the winners of the competition the candidates will have to:

  • Develop additional S/W in C
  • Develop code for the data analysis using C and Root
  • Test and calibrate detectors (Pixel sensor, straw detector, calorimeters, scintillators, etc.)
  • Integrate the detectors with the S/W and test the overall system
  • Install the detectors, electronics and computers in the T9 beam line and debug and commission the system

During the execution of the experiments (10 days in August, September or October 2017) the candidates will be fully responsible for the overall control of the experiment and will help the winning teams to achieve their scientific goals.

In order to fulfill this role, the candidates have to have a solid background in particle physics, computing science or electronics. Experience with small scale experiments would be an advantage. In addition, the candidates should have basic skills in S/W development, detector construction and project management.

The candidates will work together as a team. In addition, the BL4S project leader as well as experts from CERN will provide help. Furthermore, a lot of documentation is available from previous years.

The candidates will be employed as Project Associates from 1. February 2017 to (at least) 30 September 2016.

When is the Best Time for Open Positions in Higher Ed?

Timing is everything in your job search. Higher education professionals conducting a search often ask, “When is the best time of year for open positions?”

Before seeking the answer, you must first understand that your job search is unique and it only takes one offer — and that one job offer can come along at any time.

There are too many variables to solely rely on data from HigherEdJobs to determine the best month of the year. Jobs are steadily posted throughout the year, with anywhere from 8,000 to 12,000 posted each month. However, each year the month with the most jobs is almost always October with September and November frequently the second-best months.


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HERCULES 2017 – European School

HERCULES 2017 – European School
27 Years of Neutron & Synchrotron Radiation Science

2017 session:   27 February-30 March, 2017

    HERCULES is a European course for PhD students and young researchers using Neutrons andSynchrotron Radiation for applications in BiologyChemistryPhysicsHard & Soft Condensed Matter.

The 1-month school includes lectures (60%), hands-on practicals and tutorials at partner institutes (Elettra and FERMI in Trieste, ESRFILL in Grenoble, Soleil and LLB near Paris, SLSin Switzerland) and Grenoble Laboratories (CEA, CNRS, EMBL, IBS).

The school  includes a common part and two parallel sessions:
– Biomolecular, soft condensed matter structure & dynamics
– Physics and chemistry of condensed matter

    Why join Hercules ?
– to learn new techniques using neutron and synchrotron radiation
– to expand your theoretical and practical knowledge, not only for your present research but for your scientific career
– to experiment these techniques on world-class instruments & beamlines
– to build a network of relations with fellow young researchers and experienced teachers from all around the World

Bursaries/reduced costs
– A limited number of bursaries will be available either to reduce registration fees or cover travel costs.

    More information: (see programme overview below)

Contact email:

Votación para la presidencia de la Sección Exterior

Estimados/as socios/as de la Sección Exterior de la RSEF:
En nombre del Presidente de la Sección Exterior de la RSEF, se convocan elecciones para renovar el cargo de Presidente de la Sección Exterior.
Los candidatos enviarán sus nombres con la propuesta correspondientes a:
desde mañana día 21 de septiembre hasta el 3 de octubre. Pueden consultar el Reglamento General de Secciones
Las fechas señaladas para el calendario electoral son las siguientes:
Convocatoria: 20 de septiembre de 2016
Recepción de candidatos: del 21 de septiembre al 3 de octubre
Proclamación provisional de candidatos: 4 de octubre
Reclamaciones: del 5 al 7 de octubre
Votación electrónica: del 10 al 13 de octubre
Proclamación del candidato: 14 de octubre
La votación se realizará a través de la web RSEF-elecciones ( Cada miembro de la Sección Exterior recibirá un correo electrónico con sus claves para realizar la votación online.
Muchas gracias a todos por vuestra participación.
Un cordial saludo,
Rolf Tarrach Siegel
Presidente Sección Exterior RSEF

Carlos López Otín: “España es una sociedad sin afición por la ciencia”

Carlos López Otin es hoy el científico español más citado en el campo de la biología. Desde su laboratorio en la Universidad de Oviedo, se ha ganado a pulso un enorme prestigio mundial por sus investigaciones pioneras sobre las claves genéticas del cáncer y el envejecimiento. En esta entrevista -que forma parte de 15 citas con la ciencia, una serie de encuentros entre periodistas y grandes figuras de la investigación en España organizados por la Fundación Lilly para conmemorar su decimoquinto aniversario-, este apasionado detective del ADN humanolamenta la falta de interés por la ciencia en la sociedad española, y apuesta por la educación como la única esperanza para un futuro mejor en el que el conocimiento tenga el peso que se merece en nuestro país.


Alberto Fernandez-Nieves

I am associate proAlbertoFernandezNievesfessor at Georgia Tech. My group is expert on the Physics of soft materials with a focus on the connection between microscopic order and macroscopic properties. Soft materials are materials whose properties are determined by internal structures with dimensions between atomic sizes and macroscopic scales. They are characterized by energies that are typically comparable to kT. As a result, they have low elastic moduli, often ~1-10 Pascals. Typical soft materials include liquid crystals, polymers, colloidal suspensions and emulsion drops. These materials, unlike conventional simple liquids, are locally heterogeneous and can have broken symmetries that affect their physical properties. Hence, although they often exhibit liquid-like behavior, soft materials also often exhibit properties of solids. Our laboratory studies the physics of soft materials with a focus on the connection between microscopic order and macroscopic properties. The underlying theme is to pursue basic understanding and address fundamental questions. However, we also address applied problems and pursue industrial collaborations since many of the materials we study can be viewed as model systems for those that are often used in applications. Current projects include (i) studying the phase and non-equilibrium behavior and properties of dense microgel suspensions, (ii) understanding the consequences of confinement and curvature over the equilibrium states of ordered materials, which in many cases require the existence of topological defects in their ground states, and (iii) electrohydrodynamics of toroidal droplets and jets.