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Friday, 05 August 2016

ICREA Prof Stephan Roche participates in the Scientific Lectures of BIYSC

The Barcelona International Youth Science Challenge (BIYSC) is a two-week international excellence programme aimed to stimulate scientific talent among young people from all over the world. The program included a series of talks by international influencers, including ICREA Prof Stephan Roche who on July 13 offered a talk about creativity in Science and Technology.

BIYSC was been designed by the Fundació Catalunya/La Pedrera with the aim to offer a world-class experience to the young protagonists of the project. Participants had the opportunity to work in small groups on different scientific and technological challenges proposed by international research centres based in Catalonia. They enjoyed the company of peers that share their same passion, attended scientific lectures given by leading researchers, and debated and discussed with them the most successful discoveries and scientific advances that are taking place worldwide.

The ICREA Research Prof Stephan Roche, Group Leader of the ICN2 Theoretical and Computational Nanoscience Group, was among the short list of international influencers offering a scientific lecture to the young students. He offered an inspirational talk entitled “Try the impossible to achieve the unusual: About creativity in Science and Technology”. 

Prof Roche is a theoretician with more than twenty years of experience in the study of transport theory of low-dimensional systems, including graphene, carbon nanotubes, semiconducting nanowires, organic materials and topological insulators. In addition to a successful scientific career he is engaged in multiple international initiatives to boost cooperation among researchers and industry. Thus, his talk was full of experience-based recommendations and enthusiasm.

BIYSC aimed to inspire, engage, empower and challenge bright young minds who might become future brilliant scientist. The program included scientific lectures, debates and discussions, visits to Top International Research Centers and a hands-on project in small groups. ICN2 participated in the design of one of the offered experiences, and will support future initiatives like this one involving highly motivated students.