2021 BIST Conference

Quantum Technologies: Present and Future

Satellite Session: How to Communicate Complex Scientific Topics

November 2, 2021 | 15.30h – 17.00h

Communicating science effectively is challenging, especially with complex topics such as quantum physics and its applications. Increasing the public understanding of science is important for building a more informed society however, and we need ways to effectively engage and inform the public of scientific and technological advances.

This session offers us the opportunity to learn new ways of bringing complex scientific knowledge closer to society.


Guillermo Orts

Head of Communications and Outreach at IBEC

Guillermo Orts-Gil holds a PhD in Physical Chemistry from the Technical University of Berlin, where he also studied Science Communication. He has been Coordinator of the Nanotechnology Group at the Max Planck Society, Director of Communications of the Society of Spanish Scientists in Germany (CERFA) and International Delegate at the Embassy of Spain in Berlin. Since 2008 he has collaborated with different media such as the Scientific News and Information Service (SINC), The Huffington Post, the Spanish Edition of Scientific American and the TV show “The Brain Hunter”.
He currently works as Head of Communications at the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC).


José Luis Crespo

Founder & Director (Quantum Fracture)

José Luis Crespo is a physicist, and founder and director of Quantum Fracture, an animated channel dedicated to showing “how incredibly crazy (and quantum) the Universe is”. The YouTube channel now has nearly 2.5 million subscribers and more than 160 million views, positioning itself on the platform as one of the most important creators of popular science in the Spanish-speaking world.

José Ignacio Latorre

Quantum physicist and scientific advisor of CERN/CCCB’s “Quàntica” exhibition

José Ignacio Latorre is the Director of the Center for Quantum Technologies in Singapore and Chief Researcher of the Quantum Research Centre in the Technology Innovation Institute in Abu. He got his PhD in elementary particle physics and has worked extensively in quantum field theory, particle phenomenology, RG, quantum information and artificial intelligence. His outreach activity includes the writing of three popular books and the production of two documentaries. He has also created Qillimanjaro Quantum Tech, a company that is constructing the first quantum computer in the South of Europe.

Mónica Bello

Curator and Head of Arts at CERN, Co-curator of  the “Quàntica” exhibition

Mónica Bello (Santiago de Compostela, 1973) is an art historian and has been Curator and Head of Arts at CERN since 2015. Arts at CERN fosters dialogue between artists and scientists at one of the world’s leading laboratories. Bello co-curated the exhibition Quantum/Broken Symmetries that comprises ten artworks from Arts at CERN, and toured internationally from 2018-2020, including at the CCCB in Barcelona. She is also the Curator of Icelandic Pavillion for the Venice Biennale 2022 with the artist Sigurður Guðjónsson. She was Guest Curator for the prestigious Audemars Piguet Art Commission for Art Basel 2018. Formerly Artistic Director of VIDA in Fundación Telefónica (2010-14) and Head of Education at Laboral Centro de Arte Gijón (2008-2010).

BIST centres

Institutional Members of the Board of Trustees