More than 1400 students from schools across Catalonia learn about quantum technologies

By November 19, 2021November 29th, 2021BIST

As part of the 2021 BIST Conference and this year’s Setmana de la Ciència, the Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology brought together more than 1400 students from 44 schools across Catalonia to learn about quantum technologies.

The final satellite session of the 2021 BIST Conference, Què són i per què serveixen les tecnologies quàntiques (‘What are quantum technologies and what are they good for?’), took place online on November 16, 2021. The event, aimed at 14-18 year old secondary school students and teachers, was delivered in Catalan by researchers from three BIST centres (Dr. Maria Auxiliadora Padrón from ICFO, David López Núñez from IFAE, Dr. Sara Martí-Sánchez from ICN2), and moderated by Dr. Federica Beduini (Outreach at ICFO).

Attendees learned what quantum technologies are and why they have become so important. The panel discussed how quantum physics allows us to study phenomena and properties that are not understood through classical mechanics. The development of new technologies was another major focus of the discussion. Quantum physics principles are being applied in the development of new technologies in the field of communications, sensors, and computing to address challenges such as the speed and security of information transmissions, the precision of sensors, and the energy consumption and heat emission of large supercomputers.

A recording of the event will be available soon on our YouTube channel.

The event was also part of the Setmana de la Ciència 21 (Science Week), an annual event organised by Fundació Catalana per a la Recerca i la Innovació (FCRi) and the Generalitat de Catalunya, which consists of workshops, talks, exhibitions, games, and more. The BIST centres participating with sessions this year include:

¡Adéntrate en la nano-escala: descubre y juega con el Microscopio de Fuerza Atómica!
Presentation, November 17, 18:30 – 19:30

Jornada de presentació “La Nanociènica arriba a l’aula de primària”
Online presentation, November 17, 18:00 – 19:00

Del primer STM a Catalunya als microscopis actuals
Series of presentations, November 16, 12:00 – 14:00

Watch the video of the session here.
Learn more about Setmana de la Ciència 21 here
Learn more about the 2021 BIST Conference here.